Author Fight Club: E.L. James vs Josh Lark

Author Fight Club: E.L. James vs Josh Lark

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Two purveyors of smut and story, two literary giants who’ve gifted us with the steamiest, the sexiest, the naughtiest stuff to ever be in our hands; two individuals, who have used their words to bring us to our knees; two authors who can make our hearts pound⁠—as well as other things!⁠—are going to fight! Ladies and gentle⁠—please be gentle⁠—men, we bring you E.L. James vs Josh Lark. Ignoring the broader themes of Chuck Palahniuk’s seminal work, Fight Club, we’re going to do what we do best and have two people fight each other. Since we can’t talk about Fight Club (see …

Five Bookish Halloween Costumes Someone’s Gotta Try

Five Bookish Halloween Costumes Someone’s Gotta Try

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With a week left until the big day, it’s time to iron out your costume. Here are a few based on books that break the mold a little (or a lot). But they’re mostly just straightforward to execute. Requiring things you probably have and very little explanation, try these outside the box ideas that’ll tell everyone “This is the one day a year I put down my book and leave the house.”     Queen of Hearts Image via Good Housekeeping   The card ruff makes this so simple. Red dress, red lipstick, and a pack of cards. All you …

11 of Literature’s Worst Monsters

11 of Literature’s Worst Monsters

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You read the title, now let’s get going! But first, let’s set up one rule: all of the monsters on this list have to be fictional. No non-fiction real people. No, “I read a book on Manson and he was evil so why is he not on this list?” No. All these people are fiction, figments of an author’s imagination. With that said, let’s start off with:     11-Carmelita Spats Image Via Lemony Snicket Wiki – Fandom   I have nothing against children (that’s a lie), but she’s just plain EVIL! From the first pages of A Series of Unfortunate …

How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is Causing Trouble in UK Courts

How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is Causing Trouble in UK Courts

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In a bizarre turn of events, some killers in the UK are getting reduced sentences by using what lawyers are calling “the Fifty Shades of Grey defence.” A few lawmakers are trying to change that.     The film adaptation of E. L. James best-selling Fifty Shades series caught some serious flack when it came out for its less-than-stellar portrayal of the BDSM subculture. In particular, critics of the series pointed to its shallow, one-dimensional understanding of consent and safety in BDSM contexts. Now, these concerns about James’ erotic series are having real-word, legal consequences.   image via the spectator   …

6 Steamier Sexier Sex Scenes You Should Not Be Reading!

6 Steamier Sexier Sex Scenes You Should Not Be Reading!

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Whether the story is fantastical or down to earth, all literature strives to cover a wide array of human emotion and experience. One of those experiences is sex, and it can be written poorly or greatly. Fifty Shades of Grey and A Song of Ice and Fire (a.k.a. Game of Thrones) do it famously, but there are other works, smaller works that are no less greater, that should be given the spotlight. Now since we aim to shine a light on all the ways literature captures the human experience, we’re going to show you six of the steamiest, sexiest sex …