While many literary the tropes are harmless, some of the more problematic tropes may have too much influence over the minds of younger readers.
Whether you're single or loved up, there is nothing better than getting lost in a great romance book. Here are five books that are completely swoon-worthy.
Along with the changing of the leaves come the dark, chilly nights of Autumn- the perfect setting for everyone’s favorite holiday, Halloween. Face your fears with this month’s terrifying Hulu and Netflix adaptations!
We’ve put every new release into categories and included the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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- A. I. Artificial Intelligence (2001 Film) – based on the short story Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss (October 1st Hulu)
- Beautiful Creatures (2013 Film) – based on the books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009 Film) – based on the book by Audrey Niffenegger (October 1st, Netflix)
- Total Recall (1990) – based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Phillip K. Dick (October 1st, Hulu)
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- After (2019 Film) – based on the book by Anna Todd (October 9th, Netflix)
- A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015 Film) – based on the memoir by Amos Oz (October 25th, Netflix)
- Looking For Alaska (Season 1) – based on the book by John Green (October 18th, Hulu)
- No Way Out (1987 Film) – based on the book The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing (October 1st, Hulu)
- Raging Bull (1980 Film) – based on the memoir by Jake LaMotta (October 31st, Netflix)
- Troy (2004 Film) – based on the Greek epic, Homer’s Illiad (October 1st, Netflix)
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- Trainspotting (1996 Film) – based on the book by Irvine Welsh (October 1st, Netflix)
- True Grit (1969 Film) – based on the book by Charles Portis (October 1st, Hulu)
- Winter’s Bone (2010 Film) – based on the book by Daniel Woodrell (October 1st, Hulu)
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- An American Haunting (2006 Film) – based on the book An American Haunting: The Bell Witch by Brent Monohan (October 1st, Hulu)
- Hellraiser (1987), Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (1996) – based on the book The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker (October 1st, Hulu)
- Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990 Film) – based on the short stories Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Cat From Hell by Stephen King (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Haunting (1999 Film) – based on the book The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999 Film) – based on the book by Patricia Highsmith (October 1st, Hulu)
- Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 (2000 Film) – inspired by Dracula by Bram Stoker (October 1st, Hulu)
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- Along Came a Spider (2001 Film) – based on the book by James Patterson (October 1st, Netflix)
- Castle Rock (Season 2) – inspired by the stories of Stephen King (October 23rd, Hulu)
- In The Tall Grass (2019 Film) – based on the novella by Stephen King (October 4th, Netflix)
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- Blade (1998), Blade 2 (2002), and Blade: Trinity (2004) – based on Marvel Comics’ Blade series (October 1st, Hulu)
- Cheese in the Trap (Season 1) – based on the popular Korean Web Series by Soonkki (October 1st, Netflix)
- Constantine (2005 Film) – based on the DC Comics Hellblazer Series (October 1st, Hulu)
- Ghost World (2001 Film) – based on the comic by Daniel Cowes (October 1st, Hulu)
- Men In Black (1997 Film) – based on the Marvel Comics’ Series by Lowell Cunningham (October 19th, Netflix)
- Supergirl (Season 4) – based on the DC Comics (October 1st, Netflix)
- Superman Returns (2006 Film) – based on the DC Comics (October 1st, Netflix)
- Raising Dion (2019 Premiere Film) – based on the comic book by Dennis Liu (October 4th, Netflix)
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- Kengan Ashura (Part 2) – based on the Japanese Comic written by Yabako Sandrovich and illustrated by Daromeon (October 31st, Netflix)
- Sailor Moon (Season 4) – based on the Japanese Comic written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Bravest Knight (Season 1B) – based on the children’s book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived by Daniel Errico
- The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-ween (2019 Premiere Special) – based on the Dav Pilkey Captain Underpants Comic Series (October 8th, Netflix)
- Ultramarine Magmell (2019 Anime) – based on the Chinese Comic by Masaya Hokazono (October 10th, Netflix)
There are so many choices for the month of October, both for those who would rather not be spooked by their entertainment, and those seeking a thrill.
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I was a massive fan of Twilight; the books and movies still holds a place in my heart. I thought it be best to talk about this because the very first book was published on October 5, 2005.
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When I was younger I was obsessed with these books and I felt they could do nothing wrong but as I got older, I realized Twilight might not have been as good as I remember. My aunt had all of the books and she let me borrow them to read. I finished them so quickly, it kinda felt like a fever dream. I knew what the story was about, I fell in love (however very misguided) with Edward and liked how different the books felt to me.
From a young age I was into pretty macabre things. Like anything Tim Burton or Tim Burton-esque; basically anything considered to be weird. And that bleed into my reading. Anything that involved, vampires, werewolves, witches, I read and Twilight felt more adult in a sense. I suppose it felt that way because I was entering high school and consumed every piece of Twilight media throughout that time.
As an actual adult now, looking back at it, Twilight is pretty problematic. And a lot of the problems come from the characters themselves.
Edward Cullen, as we all know is Bella’s main love interest. He’s brooding, aloof, a hundred and something year old handsome vampire. So of course, he immediately is interesting to Bella. But he’s so closed off because of what he is and her blood calls to him so they can’t be friends. But he throws that away and wants to be with her because she’s not like other girls and he can’t read her mind.
His “over-protectiveness” comes across as completely controlling. And the excuse that he just wanted to protect her, takes away Bella’s agency as a character. Like she needed to be baby sat just because she was clumsy. Even before they started dating, Edward sneaks into her room and watches her sleep. One, that is very stalkerish behavior and he’s a commenting a crime, breaking into her house every night. How I found that romantic I can’t even tell you.
Jacob Black, the werewolf and her best friend, forcibly kisses her even though she has blatantly said that she wants Edward, NOT him. She punches him and because of his werewolf strength she hurts her hand on his face, which in a way punishes Bella for standing up for herself. And her father who is the chief of the police does nothing when he finds out this situation.
Jake like, Edward is horribly overbearing and tries to tell Bella what she should be doing or who she should be with. It’s extremely childish and again gives Bella, no character of her own.
And speaking of Bella’s character, she is so boring. Yes she was just a human in between vampires and werewolves but she could have had a hobby or something. She has a job which is great but we don’t get to see her do a lot outside of the love triangle. When Edward leaves, Bella is basically a zombie then when Jake rejects her friendship after changing into a full fledged werewolf, again for her own protection, nothing happens.
In a way to give her character what she wants more than anything is to get Edward to change her so she could stay with him forever and then to have their first time together. Okay? There’s nothing wrong with that but those are the biggest wants she has when the story is supposed to be centered around her. Up until she gets pregnant and her husband wants to get rid of their child. There is nothing that she wants for herself.
After she gets out of her depressed state, her goals should shift into figuring out how to navigate the world single again. She shouldn’t rebound with Jacob. She should try her best at school and try to hang out with her human friends. We needed more instances of her trying but instead she throws herself head first into her friendship with Jake which then starts to define her like her relationship with Edward did. It’s like once she learns about vampires and werewolves she becomes above her humanity. Her life isn’t horrible, far from it. And is she really ready to leave behind her family and friends? Because it seemed so easy to do so. She’s always ready to throw her humanity away for him.
Jacob stands as an opposition to that, he wants Bella to live a normal human life but with him, that’s the catch. She can still be human, go to college, live normally but with him. Do you see why picking either Team Edward or Team Jacob is like being stuck between a rock and a hard place? And Jacob is supposed to imprint which was basically him finding his soulmate but Bella isn’t that. So just be together until you eventually break her heart? Great plan.
This has been a sad trend in literature pushed to teens and young adults even to younger girls. The likes of The Kissing Booth and After which are much more recent, show how the main female character lets their relationship define them. After is a little better, I will admit but it still falls victim. They put up with unexceptable behavior and just because their love interest might be bad but has a heart of gold underneath and only the main characters love can change them, its fine.
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It’s as if all of these stories are trying to recreate Beauty and The Beast but completely misses the point. Belle, doesn’t change the Beast. He grows and changes on his own. When she makes it clear that she isn’t down with his behavior, he has to learn how to be human again. Sure at first it’s just to woo her because she can possibly be the one to break the spell, but he genuinely learns to respect her space, who she is and wants to gain her friendship and eventually doesn’t care of she is romantically interested in him. He enjoys her company and Belle sees all of his progress and falls for him because of it. Not because of PLOT but because you can see them organically develop feelings for each other.
Bella, Elle (The Kissing Booth) and Tessa (After) have magical ‘you’re not like other girls’ powers and put up with Edward, Noah and Hardin respectively even though they aren’t even close to being good boyfriends or husband. Again, Edward is controlling and can be violent. Noah is controlling, a womanizer and literally starts like three fights. Hardin starts dating Tessa because of a bet, lacks any type of emotional control and smooths everything with a dumb class assignment.
Now, I know that all of these characters are teenagers and in Tessa’s case a freshman in college, so they are young women. Not every choice made to stay in a relationship or things they have let slide in said relationship is the smartest choice. Because as young people we are still learning and growing but it inexcusable to keep getting books like this marketed to women. Not men but women. It trains young women into thinking this way, that it’s okay to put up with this behavior and that it is completely on the women to do the emotional work in the relationship while the men can do what ever they want.
And its kind of a shame because all of these books were written by women.
I know this started about Twilight but I got on a roll and had to get this off of my chest. But Happy Birthday, Twilight, you will always be remembered whether for good or bad.
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Whether we like it or not, the One Direction fanfiction based movie, After, is getting a sequel. Despite the fanfic being a five part series, fans never expected one One Direction fanfiction movie, let alone a sequel. After the success of Fifty Shades of Grey—the sexy trilogy based off of Twilight fanfiction—and the recent mention of a certain type of fanfiction in HBO’s Euphoria, it seems as though fangirls and fanboys will never escape the 2012 Wattpad days of reading and writing about our favorite stars and (your name here).
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Rumors of Anna Todd’s fanfiction becoming a feature film surfaced long before the film’s release on April 12. Now, only three months later, casting updates for the sequel, After We Collided, are being released. The first After followed Josephine Langford’s Tessa as she became entranced with Hardin, played by Hero FiennesTiffin, based on (you guessed it) Harry Styles.
The After movie Instagram posted a video of Dylan Sprouse, announcing he will be playing “F-ing Trevor,” referring to Hardin’s disapproving nickname for this character. Based on the character name alone, it’s safe to assume a love triangle may ensue.
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Hoping to score better than the 18% on Rotten Tomatoes that After raked up, After We Collided does not yet have a release date. In the meantime, fans can scour Wattpad to find the next fanfiction-turned-motion-picture box office hit.
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