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5 of Literature’s Most Epic Pets

Everybody loves animals, even fictional ones. Whether they’re surviving fires or starting them, biting or putting up with the protagonists, or really good sports about villainous mistreatment, these animals are in it for the long haul. Here are some of our favorites, in no particular order.


1. Buttercup – The Hunger Games


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This cat’s been through a lot. Bombings, attempted murder, living underground. I’ve never even known a cat who could stand a closed door. Nothing impresses Buttercup. All he wants is to have his head pet and maybe some fresh entrails.



2. Drogon – Game of Thrones


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Who doesn’t want a dragon? Personally, I’d rather be able to breathe fire myself, but this is a close second. Our boy got LORGE. Plus, he survives the game of thrones. What’s not to like? I’d ask where my dragons are, but there’s no missing them.



3. Hedwig – Harry Potter


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She bite! Sure, Hedwig might not be the cuddliest of pets, but she can find anyone on the planet earth, and isn’t that worth more? Dignity, messengerial integrity, spots, she’s got it all. Plus, she survives longer than about half the human characters. Too soon? It’ll always be too soon.



4. Toto – The Wizard of Oz


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Have we left Kansas? Doesn’t bother her. Tornadoes, witches, Toto’s not afraid of anything. It’s also revealed in later books that Toto, like most animals in Oz, is capable of speech. She’s just not much of a talker. Still, her tendency to bite witches speaks loudly enough.



5. Max – How the Grinch Stole Christmas


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Has any pet ever put up with more? From the indignity of having to wear just one large antler, to the logistical challenge of having to pull an entire sleigh, Max always does his best to make the Grinch happy. One hopes he got a large helping of roast beef for his trouble.



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Lev Grossman’s ‘The Magicians’ Subverts Genre Expectations

Past the page.

Expansive book series like Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia give birth to a certain type of hope in children: the hope that one day magic and destiny will interrupt their normal lives and put them on the path to fulfill their chosen-one-esque destinies. Unfortunately, no lovable half-giants bring them birthday cakes nor do any mysterious Professors let them explore their closets (which is probably a good thing). As these children grow into adults, they continue to harbor this hope… albeit in secret. I imagine this hope was the inspiration for the adult fantasy novel, The Magicians.


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The Magicians is to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia what A Game of Thrones is to The Lord of the Rings: an adult take on a classic type of tale/genre—but definitely funnier. The novel follows Quentin Coldwater, who, instead of attending an interview at Princeton, is magically rerouted to a college of magic in New York called Brakebills. Quentin is an obsessive fan of a series of books called Fillory and Further, a classic high fantasy series depicting a group of kids who discover a land called Fillory—basically a satirical Narnia. Turns out this place is real, and Quentin and company have to save it. Too bad they’re human disasters… and too bad Fillory is nearly as messed up as they are.

Lev Grossman defied genre expectations by injecting an earnest absurdity into these fantasy worlds worlds, adding hilarious characters who subvert hero archetypes—all the while never abandoning his clear love of the genre. You’d have to know and love fantasy to comment on it so astutely, and so it’s clear the genre means as much to Grossman as it does to Quentin. Quentin’s importance diminishes as a committee of well-rounded male and female characters are introduced. On top of this, he grounded the world in realism, presenting magic to the audience the same way one would a true weapon/vice. The Magicians was a hit in 2009 so obviously, Grossman followed it up with two sequels: The Magician King (2011) and The Magician’s Land (2014). Even more obvious is the fact that in 2015, The Magicians was turned into a television show on Syfy.



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I didn’t realize they could say “fuck” so much on Syfy—series creator Sera Gamble has said they are allowed ten per episode. I also never expected a television show to surpass the books in almost every way. The show, now in its fourth season, organically challenges the idea of the male “chosen one,” cliche relationships, and side characters. The writers are fearless and confident, coining phrases such as “don’t c** ck out on me,” which is a valid critique of “don’t p***y out on me.”  The show manages to balance smart, funny, and emotional more brilliantly than anything in recent memory. Some of its themes are truly dark and harrowing and others light and invigorating. Although I used the word “satirical” before, the show does take itself serious enough to warrant emotional investment from its audience. It’s absurd—not meaningless. One minute an Aslan-like character is taking a dump in the well of all magic and the next a beloved character is sacrificing themselves to save their friends. The amount of world-building the show manages on a smaller budget is also thoroughly impressive.



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The Magicians has recently been gaining attention for its treatment of slash fiction, a type of fan fiction that romantically entangles characters from popular media that typically wouldn’t be involved. In episode five of season three, “A Life in a Day”, two of the main characters, Quentin and Elliot are sent on a quest to “discover the beauty of all life.” They end up in a past version of the Fillory (satirical Narnia) they know, stumbling upon a mosaic. The assumption is that if they complete the mosaic (in puzzle form) they will have completed their quest. Over the course of a truly moving montage that spans a lifetime, the viewer finds out that the only way to show the “beauty of all life” is to live an entire life. The montage briefly shows (but does not revolve around) the two characters hooking up. Most people thought that would be as far as that particular “ship” went, but, without spoiling anything the writers have revisited it this season in a surprisingly real and grounded way.



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The Magicians launched a series of novels that aimed to have fun with the genre. In creating his novels, Grossman has unwittingly unleashed a genre-demolishing franchise. The Magicians is a show that does whatever the hell it wants, and it does it brilliantly. The writers appreciate and listen to their fan base. The show is funny, but not ridiculous. It’s grounded fantasy dipped in relatability and heart. If you haven’t seen the show, watch it. It’s super fun—and, as we’ve established, super meaningful as well.



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New ‘Dark Phoenix’ Trailer Begins With Shocking Spoiler

Jean Grey would definitely sit on the Iron Throne.

Movie trailers are a weird entity; they’re basically mini-movies that attempt to summarize (but not spoil) an even bigger movie. Unlike the blurb of a book, which is generally brief, and completely spoiler-free, sometimes trailers give away A LOT.

In an age where information runs rampant online, trailers really should only exist for movies that really need marketing. Example: Game of Thrones has yet to show any trailer-like footage from season 8. Why? HBO doesn’t need to, we’re all going to watch it anyway. No need to risk showing too much. This is one of the reasons the newest trailer for the upcoming X-Men movie Dark Phoenix has totally bummed me out.

Spoiler Alert…but is it a spoiler if it happens in the trailer? 


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The Dark Phoenix story arch is a very well known storyline in the X-Men comics, one where everyone’s favorite redhead gives loses control of her telepathic powers and hulks out on Professor Xavier and friends (see what I did there? “Hulks,” it makes sense because it’s all Marvel universe). It’s all very tragic and messy; this was roughly portrayed in the abomination that was the 2006 film X Men: The Last Stand. Apparently, in the newest adaptation of this classic comic book plot, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones fame) is going kill everyone’s favorite shape-shifting Jennifer Lawrence AKA the mutant Mystique. I know of this earth-shattering twist because it is shown in the opening moments of the new trailer:



This sucks for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, Jennifer Lawrence characterization of Mystique is literally the best thing to happen to the cinematic X-Men Franchise since Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. I’m sorry Rebecca Romijn, but c’mon. Secondly, I don’t want to know about a bombshell fatality before I even see the movie. I couldn’t even pay attention to the rest of the trailer because I was processing the fact that I haven’t seen Jennifer Lawrence in a movie since Mother! Jennifer Lawrence characters are not fairing well on the silver screen right now.


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In an interview with Dark Phoenix‘s director, Simon Kinberg explains the decision to include this in the trailer:

“The thought process behind that was to primarily show that this is a movie that is unlike other X-Men movies. It’s a movie where shocking things happen, where intense, dramatic things happen. People don’t just fall off buildings and dust themselves off and walk away. There’s a reality to this movie and a consequence to this movie. Even more than that, it was to show that Jean/Dark Phoenix is genuinely a threat to everyone, including the X-Men.”


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The first 2000 X-Men film could be looked at like a lightning rod for comic book adaptations. The fact that the comic book drew vivid and intentional parallels between mutants and other marginalized groups made it a wise and needed adaptation. Not only did the original film open cinema up to a variety of other comic book adaptions but it was the beginning of the X-Men film series as we know it today. Given Marvel’s pending deal to acquire the rights to all the X-Men characters, X-Men will probably be the last movie with the particular nonsensical (a bunch of plot holes) X-Men universe we’ve been watching on screen for almost two decades. So they better kill everyone, otherwise, they’ve already ruined the best twist of the movie.

I’m not going to see it.


(I will, though.)



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George R.R. Martin

‘Game of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin ‘Ashamed’ of White-Washing of Original ‘Nightflyers’ Film, Fights Back in New Adaptation

Last Friday 13th, George R.R. Martin, the mastermind and wordsmith behind the famed Game of Thrones franchise, told-all during a panel at the annual Thriller-author convention, Thrillerfest.


During an open-panel interview, Martin spoke candidly about his past struggles with novels that didn’t sell, the wild nights of sci-fi author conventions during the 1970’s, his love for H.P. Lovecraft, and more. Martin spoke in such an open, friendly, and conversational manner that it would’ve been impossible not to be completely charmed and feel as though you were listening to stories from a close friend in your living room, as opposed to listening to an insanely famous bestselling author inside of an audience-packed ballroom.


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George R.R. Martin at Thrillerfest 2018


During the discussion, Martin also delved into some controversy from his past, speaking openly and honestly about the prejudices that took place surrounding his 1985 novella, Nightflyers (which is currently being adapted as a SyFy series).


According to Martin, he wrote protagonist Melantha Jhirl with a very specific image in mind; as the name Melantha directly translates to black flower, Martin had only ever envisioned her as African American woman. However, in the same vein of many Hollywood film directors, when Martin received the book back from his editor with the new cover in place, he discovered something more-than-unsettling:



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Clearly, the woman on the cover who is supposed to be portraying Melantha is nothing like the character herself; instead of acknowledging Martin’s descriptions of the protagonist he, himself, created in any way, the editor had decided to disregard Martin and choose a white female model to portray the lead. And, as if this total disregard for a character’s literal ethnicity wasn’t gross enough, when Martin pointed out how wrong it was to have a white woman on the cover, he was told


Well, you want your book to sell, don’t you? No one’s going to buy a book with a black woman on the cover.


Even Martin said that, although he protested, arguing with his editor and openly speaking about how wrong it was to white-wash Melantha, he was still a struggling writer who didn’t hold much power, and he wound up losing the fight. Still, he’s always wished that he could go back and protest even harder. Martin spoke of his regret at not pushing further for accurate representation:


I should have fought harder, I should have protested, but I didn’t… It’s bothered me ever since. I’ve been ashamed of it ever since.


So, the moment he got notice of the new SyFy adaptation currently in the works, he contacted the team behind it and said that they could take all the creative liberties they wanted with the story, his one and only requirement being: Melantha must be played by a woman of color. The team at SyFy agreed immediately, casting Jodie Turner-Smith in the lead role. 


Martin commented, “I’m pleased that that injustice has been resolved.”


It’s so vitally important for more popular figureheads to keep pushing forward toward diversity; the more we stand up, the more we will progress.


You can check out Nightflyers in Fall 2018.


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Sansa Stark

Sophie Turner’s Secret Sausage-Rating Instagram Is Perfection

Game of Thrones has wrapped for the final season and, now that the end is near, it appears our fierce and fearless Sansa Stark already has her heart set on new endeavors…



It turns out the one and only, the stunning and talented Sophie Turner has been leading an extremely secret double-life; bowing out from the media and keeping this hidden from the public eye, it’s amazing she was able to house this secret for so long. But, as of early yesterday morning, this private life is hers to hide no more…because now the entire world knows all about the grace and glory that is Sophie Turner’s Sausage Instagram.




Yep, that’s right. The twenty-two-year-old starlet we all know and love as the cunning and resilient Sansa Stark seems to have a passion for the cylindrical minced meat that is sausage


What appears to have begun in early April and gone on for about ten days is an Instagram account fully dedicated to reviewing the many sausages Turner eats. Taking everything into account from the length of the sausage to the density of the meat, the texture of the casing, the shape, the flavor, and more; these reviews are vivid, detailed, and done with the pure class of a genuine professional. Personally, I couldn’t be more impressed and supportive of Turner as she leads us along this new meaty journey of hers.


Also, in all honesty, it’s encouraging to see a young actress who has been in the spotlight since she was still a child openly post about the foods she’s eating in a shame-free and very normal, matter-of-fact way; these weren’t posted as an ode to fitness or weight loss or clean eating, the way most food Instagrams tend to swing, but were instead posted as an ode to the meats she’s eaten, the ones she’s loved, the mediocre ones, the ones she’s thrown away. (And, like, isn’t that beautiful?)



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So, bravo, Sophie Turner; may you always find sausages that live up to your impeccable standards and may you (hopefully) continue reviewing!






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