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The Rise of the Fractured Fairy Tale in Young Adult Literature
Fairy tales conjure images of the big bad wolf, of princesses who need rescuing, and of course, a charming prince. Their common point is the moral message. Originally meant as cautionary tales, fairy tales have a long oral tradition. However, today’s children are more familiar with Disney versions of fairy tales than the original stories. Disney movies with their spin-off merchandise have devolved fairy tales into charming bedtime stories.
Laughter Is the Best Medicine — Until the Joke Becomes a Medical Problem
You might be giggling after reading the headline. Laughter? Surely nothing terrible can happen when you laugh? And an epidemic? That sounds a little extreme, especially given the realities of living in a pandemic.
I Asked an AI Content Writer To Rewrite ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’
AI content writers are heralded as the next best thing (primarily by tech companies selling AI content writing tech). They have already taken over some jobs from humans like copywriting due to only needing minimal input. There's nothing like bragging about your strengths. Even the AI conversion from "AI's are heralded to be the next best thing for writing" worked overtime at selling its services.
The Last Walk
In answer to Saanvi’s raised eyebrow, I shook my head slightly; I had to do this by myself. She nodded and passed me a piece of paper. A lump rose in my throat as I tucked it into my pocket. I gave her a tiny smile, knowing she would understand why I couldn’t talk. Not now.
Lucy Gray to Katniss Everdeen — What’s the Link?
When visiting President Snow's past, it would be logical to assume that Suzanne Collins was heading directly to a classical trope. But eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is not a sweet innocent kid. There are no extenuating circumstances that force Snow to become a ruthless President. To her credit, Collins never tried to frame Snow as a hero or a victim. Snow's sadistic nature is purely a product of privileged entitlement.
Why I Gave My Dog a Bucket List
Thanks to some faulty genetics, I grew up with an expiration date hanging over my head. I managed to hold that expiration date at bay until I was thirty-eight. Housebound, on oxygen, and in respiratory failure, I existed in the purgatory of the transplant waitlist for months as my clock rapidly wound down. It was a time when simple pleasures became the focus that allowed me to cling to life by my fingernails.
The Power of Turning Fear Into Unconditional Trust
The crying started around midnight and didn't stop until morning. The sound of an animal in distress is always unsettling. Even more so, in the stillness of the night.
My Strict Rules About Christmas Decorations Exist for a Reason
I posted some happy snaps of my Christmas tree on Facebook a few years ago, and one of my library friends asked, "Are all your decorations escapees from cartoons?"
Why Yes, Girls DO Want to Have Fun
I want to say the music was booming because that’s what it felt like. But the reality is, although my radio dial was turned up to ten, the sound was probably a little tinny (and it most likely wasn’t all that loud anyway). Regardless at age eleven, it FELT like the beat was booming.
8 Books To Help Your Child Combat Anxiety Like a Warrior
Worries. We've all had them. Big worries, small worries, even "creep up on you" worries. Anxiety and worry are normal emotions shared universally.
The Real Reason the Husky on First Avenue Hates Me
The Husky on First Avenue never really liked me. The first time I, Rotto, walked past, he was angry. He woofed rather aggressively — something about how this was HIS street.
Count Rotto Says It's Time for a Trick or Treat 🐾🐾
Trick or Treat. I, Rotto, could definitely get in the treat part of this festival. What's there not to love? My costume wasn't too bad, a perky red collar with a cape. And it came with an awesome name.