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What Is This “New Adult” Genre and What Geeky Books Belong to It?

Perhaps your local bookstore has added a new shelf label or your favorite author has announced a new series under this mysterious category. In any case, you’ve found yourself wondering, what exactly does “new adult” mean, especially in terms of literature? New Adult is the next step up for those of us who love YA but have graduated into the next stage of our lives and want something that hits a little closer to home. Usually featuring protagonists aged 18–30, New Adult fiction engages with themes such as sexuality, developing independence, change, and embarking on a career. While Young Adult works are often set in high schools, New Adult is usually set in college or the early years beyond schooling. Continue reading What Is This “New Adult” Genre and What Geeky Books Belong to It?


The “Tom Hiddleston” Effect: Explaining The Internet’s “It” Boy

Back in 2011, a little movie called Thor came out to much fandom love and admiration. One specific cast member, who played the film’s central villain, Loki, took the hearts of many Tumblr users and internet dwellers a like. But what exactly is it about Mr. Hiddles (as I like to call him) that makes him such a fan favorite among the interwebs? Well, with the release of his new film Crimson Peak almost upon us, I found it appropriate to discuss what the heck this skinny, charming dude from the UK seems to have that the rest of Hollywood’s male catalog lacks.

Tom with a cat
Tom with a cat for Shortlist

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A book for us: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy.

While I don’t entirely agree with the Merriam-Webster definition of fangirl  as ‘a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something’ (OVERLY enthusiastic? Fanboy is defined in precisely the same, slightly under-handed manner, just with girl and woman replaced by boy and man ), I am exceedingly pleased in the fact that fangirls are making strides toward being an accepted demographic.

For those of us who have ever been teased for the shows or movies we like to watch, questioned about our true love or knowledge of any given fandom, or mocked because sometimes it’s fun to dress-up in a costume for no good reason other than it’s lots of fun to dress-up in a costume, Sam Maggs’s A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks is a delightful, positive read for anyone looking for heartfelt encouragement, charming suggestions or affirmation in the name of her geeky proclivities.


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