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10 Fictional Schools Even Worse Than Ones We Went To

The back to school season is always difficult for those of us still enrolled in the education system, however we really don’t have it all that bad. And there’s nothing quite like books to make our lives feel just a little less sucky in comparison.

Here are ten fictional schools that we would never want attend, in order from least bad to the absolute baddest.



10. Wayside School (Wayside school Series)

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There is no way in hell that Wayside School is up to OSHA code. It’s literally falling down.

Plus, none of the kids in this school learn anything. Sure it’s fun to muck around in class every once and a while, but these kids are learning math without numbers and being turned into apples by evil witch teachers.

Call me old fashioned but that environment doesn’t seem very conducive to learning.


9. Rosewood High (Pretty Little LIars)

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Rosewood High has all the average high school stressors. There’s sexuality to figure out, eating disorders to cling to, and teachers to be assaulted by.

But what really puts Rosewood on the map? The blackmail and murder. A lot of it. So, so much.


8. Thomas Ewen Consolidated High School (Carrie)

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This particular school is a bit different. It’s not Carrie’s school that’s awful, it’s her fellow students. Carrie’s peers relentlessly cruel, and the teachers don’t really seem to give a damn.

If you were to attend this school you might get a couple tampons chucked your way, which is pretty mean, but not deadly.

Definitely stay in on prom night though…


7. Pencey Prep School (Catcher in the Rye)

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If you’ve ever toured at a boarding school or college, you might be familiar with schools like Pencey Prep. The website is sleek, the brochures are long and convincing, and the images all show students having the time of their lives sitting in class or enjoying their extracurriculars.

Then you get there and it’s raining, the classrooms still have those televisions on rolling carts, and there’s no clubs to speak of.

How phony is that…


6. Lowood Institution (Jane Eyre)

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Jane Eyre is sent to Lowood Institution as a punishment from her cruel aunt, Sarah Reed.

If the starvation, cruel discipline, and threadbare clothes weren’t punishment enough, holding on to your best friend desperately as she dies of consumption probably fits the bill.

Students attending this school today are definitely gonna want to get vaccinated before the school year starts.



5. Prufrock Preparatory School (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

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Prufrock Prep isn’t exactly… welcoming.

Among Prufrock Prep’s many dazzling features are the Orphan Shack where all orphans are forced to live, a punishment where being late to class means you are forced to eat your meals like a dog with your hands tied behind your back, and your grade in gym class is worth 51% of your overall grade meaning most members of Bookstr‘s audience would probably flunk out.

Ha ha, gotcha. Nerds.


4. Crunchem Hall Primary School (Matilda)

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While Crunchem Hall didn’t last forever, it certainly left an impression on every child who read Matilda. I don’t even like to wear my hair in pigtails because I’m so irrationally afraid someone will grab me by the braid and fling me into the air.

They also just don’t look that good on me. I have a big forehead.

Also this school is literally shorthand ‘Crunch Them’ Hall. Who did that.


3. Hogwarts (Harry Potter Series)

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I know everyone wants to be a wizard or witch, and everyone wants to hang with Harry and his crew, but Hogwarts is dangerous.

Even prior to Voldemort’s presence on campus there was a giant lizard monster in the basement, murderous mermaids in the water, and a backyard so deadly they had to name it the Forbidden Forest to keep students from going in and getting killed.

Some people might think I should’ve put Durmstrang on this list instead of Hogwarts, but honestly Hogwarts seems way more perilous.

Hogwarts became a literally battlefield at the apex of a wizarding world war, Durmstrang is just emo.



2. Shiroiwa Junior High (Battle Royale)

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Realistically, you wouldn’t want to be an eighth grader at any school in this universe. You probably also don’t want to be a eighth grader in any universe, to be fair.

However being an eighth grader in Battle Royale means you could be randomly selected by the government to participate in a Hunger Games style fight to the death that lasts over the course of three days.

Now I didn’t love my middle school classmates, but I don’t want to murder them, and I definitely don’t want to be murdered by them.


1. The Rachel and Leah Re-Education Center (Handmaid’s Tale)

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This school is where handmaids learn how to be handmaids. The women attending have their hands chopped off, their eyes gouged, and their tongues cut out as punishments for misbehaving.

Definitely makes detention seem like a walk in the park.





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Margaret Atwood received a nomination for the 2019 Booker Prize for 'Handmaid's Tale' sequel 'The Testaments,' out September 10.

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So, There’s a Sexy ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Costume…

Since the Hulu production of Margret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was released, the red of the handmaids’ costume has dyed every watcher and reader’s mind. The story of The Handmaid’s Tale unfolds in a dystopian society where the birth rate has been fiercely dropped for unknown reasons and, because of that, the social structure changed violently: the patriarchal power has there reached its peak, under which those women who are still capable of giving birth are forced to become reproductive slaves. The handmaids (that’s what they call those fertile women) are only treated as tools for sex-their sexual pleasure, enjoyment, and authority has been suspended and discarded by a male-dominated world. The handmaids are very recognizable since they wear uniformed red cloaks with white bonnets.




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With the vivid description of the handmaids in red by Atwood and the depiction of the costume in the Hulu series, these clothes have become symbols of patriarchal oppression. Recently, in the streets, you may have seen those red silhouettes swaying in social protests, especially those aiming for gender equality and women rights.




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Okay, so that’s the context. What I’m concerned with now is that Yandy.com, an American online retailer and fashion design company focusing on lingerie, swimwear, Halloween costumes, and women’s apparel, recently released a piece of The Handmaid’s Tale-inspired Halloween costumes for fun. The sexualization and light-heartedness of this costume has has trigged a tsunami of social debates.




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After hours the product had been released, the Yandy company made a statement of apology and pulled the product away, according to HuffPost:


Yandy always has stood, and will continue to stand, at the forefront of encouraging our customers to “Own Your Sexy.” We support our customers being comfortable in their skin, regardless of who they are or what they choose to wear. Our corporate ideology is rooted in female empowerment, and gender empowerment overall,” 


Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our “Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume” is being seen as a symbol of women’s oppression, rather than an expression of women’s empowerment. This is unfortunate, as it was not our intention on any level. Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image.


Given the sincere, heartfelt response, supported by numerous personal stories we’ve received, we are removing the costume from our site.



So, that’s the context and the text. Bookstrs, what do you think about this controversial event caused by a piece of costumes? Do you think the Yandy costume re-oppressed female authority? Or do you think by camping the symbols of oppression out is a form of performative tactics against the oppression? Or do you think this is just Halloween?




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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Wine Is Weird And You Know It

The Handmaid’s Tale has made me want a drink on more than one occasion and my dream of doing this ended just as swiftly as it began yesterday. Women may not be able to buy happiness, especially once the Gilead government revokes all rights of women, but at least I can buy a $40 bottle of wine inspired by their oppression, pain, and suffering!  


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Limited edition wine distributer Lot18 announced Tuesday morning that they’d be releasing a  trio of wines inspired by the characters of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name. Not only were they inspired by the “bold characters” of Atwood’s novel and corresponding Hulu adaptation, but they were also inspired by the violently oppressed and traumatic experiences they’ve all been through, apparently. 


Lot18 described the Offred-inspired wine as “rich and complex” with the wine being so smooth and appealing, “you may as well give in.” References to state-sanctioned abuse have never seemed so appealing! Ofglen’s wine is even more enticing with a description of “pleasure and enjoyment may be forbidden…but it can certainly be found in this memorable wine.” With the FGM, and her experiences at a labor camp, it sounds like Ofglen could use a glass of her own wine. The final wine in the set was inspired by Serena Joy which was described as “sophisticated, traditional and austere,” just like her expressionless face during the show’s ritualized assault scenes.


The wine set is certainly not the first time that The Handmaid’s Tale merchandise has created controversy. Just earlier this year, an elite women’s co-working space, The Wing, posted an image with a matchbox with the words “I am free” on its side. Alongside it, a hot pink notebook with a line from an Atwood poem: “A word after a word after a word is power.” 



The irony in the pink-washed partnership between The Wing and Hulu to promote The Handmaid’s Tale lies in the total disconnect between the show’s promotion and the deeper meaning of the show. The Wing promotes an elite Girl Boss aesthetic along with its aesthetic accompaniments. From their Instagram, The Wing exemplifies the alpha Girl Boss mindset with images of launch parties, hot pink pens, and signature cocktails. The exclusive and prestigious cloud that The Wing lives in disguises Atwood’s message. Women’s independence is fragile, despite what a matchbook may boast.


The point of the matter is that no matter how many ways the iconic red capes and crisp bonnets are redesigned and slapped onto various products, including wine, they’ll never be cool. As the world seems to edge closer and closer to Gilead every day, these products make that arrival feel less serious. 


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13 Quotes from Dystopian Novels to Get You Fired Up

For as long as we have been granted freedoms, there have been people fighting to take those freedoms away; this is the most human of cycles. There has never been (and will likely never be, at least not right now) a time when people haven’t had to stand up against the systemic and societal oppression they’ve been forced to deal with everyday.


We’ve been warned about what can happen when we allow ourselves to stop caring about the state of the world and the other people inhabiting it by authors since the beginning of time; the entire dystopian genre is centered around it. So, don’t allow yourself to grow sedentary but also don’t grow too fearful; for as many greedy, selfish, oppressive, bad figureheads there are in existence, there are way, way more of us who really do care and move with empathy while fighting for a world of genuine equality.


So, take a look at these thirteen quotes from dystopian novels and give yourself that extra push you may need to keep marching forward! 


“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”  Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale



“Every faction conditions it’s members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it’s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can’t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can’t be controlled. And it means that, no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.” Veronica Roth, Divergent



“Did you ever feel, as though you had something inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance to come out? Some sort of extra power that you aren’t using – you know, like all the water that goes down the falls instead of through the turbines?” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World



“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell, 1984



“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451



“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.” Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange



“Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.” Lois Lowry, The Giver



“That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.” Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale



“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas



“Tell freedom I said hello.” Lauren DeStefano, Wither



“But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451



“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged


“I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running, not staying, but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.” Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave








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