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Five Times SparkNotes Twitter Proved They Get It

Who hasn’t needed SparkNotes at some point? Who else can tell you that one character’s name you forgot? If you don’t know by now, I’m obsessed with SparkNotes‘ twitter. Every tweet is a work of absolute genius. From god-tier memes to incredibly hot takes, SparkNotes’ twitter never disappoints. As we look down the barrel of a new decade, let’s take a look at the most mindblowingly relevant of their recent tweets.

 

And it’s Gender Neutral!

 

Sure, the original context wasn’t explicitly romantic, but it’s really something you can make your own. Who doesn’t want to be cool, feared, and respected? Think about it. And the implication that your very own calamity is a dragon? I’d be incredibly flattered. How could you not be? That way you’re not just saying your lover is great, they know you think they’re great. You’re telling them they’re powerful and feared in the local land. Goals.

 

 

Who’s Who?

 

The only thing that matters – which person in your relationship tries to kill the king and then panics, and which actually just finishes the job? Because listen. It’s important that one of you be able to get things started and set the ball rolling, or you’ll never get things done. At the same time, some people just aren’t great at finishing projects. Conclusions are tough. Momentum isn’t going to get you there. Someone needs to be more detail oriented. Detail obsessed. Wash their hands over and over.

 

 

I Can Relate

 

Okay, so only two of those things are true about me, but all of them are said. Do you love the sea? Are you probably a ghost? Avoid making appearances, especially during the day. Congratulations! You might be the Flying Dutchman, or another legendary ghost ship! Actually, you could be a vampire. Or just English and Victorian. All three? That’s a dream. Maybe THE dream. I’m not a ghost hunter or anything, but I might BE a ghost.

 

 

Red Flags

 

As we approach the decade that has, in advance, been termed the ‘screaming’ 20s, let’s avoid the pitfalls of the roaring 20s. And especially any choice ever made by Daisy Buchanan. Consider her an object lesson, actually. Don’t take up with lying military men. Don’t bail on them to marry guys who suck. Don’t then STAY with those guys when no one even expects you to. Don’t lead said military man on again years later. Definitely don’t commit vehicular manslaughter.

 

 

Awareness is Key

 

Hey. We know better than to call him foul creature. We’re beyond that. We have to be. But the rest of these are real. The Kids use them all the time. I mean, I’ll double check with my baby sister, but I feel pretty confident. it’s the sort of thing The Kids would definitely text about. Especially the last one. See? SparkNotes is always relevant. This is the cutting edge.

 

 

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Top Picks: Fantastical Sci-Fi and/or Sciencey Fantasy

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Today we’ll be recommending 5 books that are either fantastical Sci-Fi and/or Sciencey Fantasy. Hey ho, let’s go!

 

 

5-The Vine Witch by Luanne G Smith

 

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Luanne G. Smith gives us her debut novel, The Vine Witch, and it’s, shall we say, fantastical.

 

The Vine Witch by [Smith, Luanne G.]

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For centuries, the witches of Château Renard have helped the townsfolk create their world-renowned wine, but when sorcière Elena Boureanu is blindsided by a curse, the well runs dry.

After breaking the spell, Elena struggles to return to her former life, but that proves next to impossible as the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a stranger.

This name is Jean-Paul Martel, a man who favors science over superstition. He doesn’t believe in no witches and won’t accept help from any either. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and to help the vines recover she’ll have to hide her identity to destroy the evil powers that threaten to wipe out her, Jean-Paul, and the legacy of the Chanceaux Valley.

Taking advantage of the paradoxical nature of France, this fantastical tale weaves betrayal and vengeance with beauty and self-discovery to create something to marvel. Plus, the discussion of science and magic makes this October 1st release a sciencey-fantasy, a term I totally didn’t just make up.

 

 

4-Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy by Matthew Reinhart and illustrated by Kevin Wilson

 

Star Wars Saga

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How could we not put this on the list? With The Rise of Skywalker just around the corner, we’re here to tell you about the perfect holiday gift for all you Star-Wars-fanatics out there.

 

Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy by Matthew Reinhart and illustrated by Kevin Wilson
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Brought to us by famed New York Times best-selling paper engineer Matthew Reinhart and illustrator Kevin Wilson, this pop-up books explodes in front of your eyes, showcasing the very best scene from the entire Star Wars saga. All eleven movies are here in three-dimensional glory, including a sneak peek at The Rise of Skywalker.

A fitting tribute, this October 22nd release will make the perfect early gift. Get on your friend’s/significant other’s/family member’s good side while you can!

 

 

3-Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton

 

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Author of The Evolutionary Void, Fallen Dragon, and the acclaimed epic Night’s Dawn trilogy, Peter F. Hamilton is going back into the pages of space.

 

Salvation Lost (The Salvation Sequence Book 2) by [Hamilton, Peter F.]
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A sequel to Salvation, the second book in Hamilton’s sprawling Salvation Sequence brings us to the 23rd Century. Food is 3D printed, money backed by generated kilowatt hours, and aliens are sharing biotech with us. But these aliens, the Olyxix, are religious fanatics who want to bring humanity’s souls to their god—literally.

Humanity isn’t going without a fight.

With weird technology, an ensemble cast, and intricate politics, this is a sequel for the ages. Want to go to space? Good thing this book came out October 29th, you can up this little rocket ship at your local bookstore.

 

 

 

2-Sisters of the Vast Black by Linda Rather

 

Her stories have appeared in a ShimmerFlash Fiction Online, and Lightspeed, and now I’m proud to say that Linda Rather is bringing us something wonderful, something amazing, something godly…

 

Sisters of the Vast Black by [Rather, Lina]
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NUNS IN SPACE!

 

The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita travel on their ship, Our Lady of Impossible Constellations, offering spiritual guidance and assistance to all they come across. The Universe needs it, seeing as the Earth Central Governance (ECG) ceased contact with the human colonies in space following the Great War.

Led by Sister Faustina, who took her vows despite a lack of faith and who is still haunted by her experiences during the Great War, the ship responds to a distress signal, and what they find is truly distressing, for all humanity in fact.

Fantastical sci-fi at its finest. The book came out October 29th, so what are you waiting for? NUNS IN SPACE!

 

 

1-The Last Dance by Martin L. Shoemaker

 

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Martin L. Shoemaker’s novella Murder on the Aldrin Express was reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection and in The Year’s Top Short SF Novels 4, and he’s received the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award for his Clarkesworld story “Today I Am Paul,” which continues in Today I Am Carey, published in March 2019.

So he knows his stuff when it comes to sci-fi.

 

The Last Dance (The Near-Earth Mysteries Book 1) by [Shoemaker, Martin L.]
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And now we have Inspector General Park Yerim taking on a case that seems cut and dry, but the mystery proves more complex as it goes on.

Let’s start the beginning: Captain Nicolau Aames, Commander of the Earth-Mars vessel Aldrin, is accused by the vast System of disobeying orders. He disobeyed them and is now accused of mutiny, a capital offense.

But his crew swears on their lives that he’s in the right.

Corruption, conflicting loyalties, and clashing accounts make it nearly impossible to see the truth in fifty million miles of darkness. As she goes on, and her findings prove to have astronomical implications, Park faces danger from the dark.

This November 1st, will you be able to find the truth shining out in the dark?

 

 

 

 

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

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.

 

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Harriet Harman, a member of parliament and former Labour party leader, called for a change in order to stop abusers who kill their partners from dodging murder charges by claiming their partners perished during consensual rough sex.

During a debate in the House of Commons, Harman dubbed this strategy “the Fifty Shades of Grey defence” and said:

It used to be the case that men used to routinely get away with murder and only be charged with manslaughter because they could say that, although they had killed her, it was not his fault, it was her fault because she provoked him. And that was the provocation defence which led to a charge being reduced down from murder to manslaughter.

 

 

Harman argued that defendants using the Fifty Shades defense are essentially doing the same thing in a different way. The precedent in the law is especially chilling because it allows the killer to control the victim’s narrative:

[The victim], of course, is not there to say otherwise. So, in the witness box, [the accused] gives lurid, unchallengeable accounts of her addiction to violent sex, and explains that the bruises that cover her body were what she wanted. The grieving relatives have to listen to his version of her sexual proclivities and see them splashed all over social media and in the newspapers. He has killed her, and then he defines her.

Ms. Harman brought up the example of Natalie Conolly, whose killer was sentenced for manslaughter rather than murder after he testified Conolly had died during “rough sex.” In order to get justice for women like Conolly, Harman argued the law needs to be changed.

 

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Ms. Connolly’s constituency MP Tory Mark Garnier also spoke in support of the Domestic Abuse Bill, back Ms. Harman:

What we can do is we can make sure that somebody who really understands this can make the decision, so in the event of this type of injury and homicide under a domestic abuse setting that the Director of Public Prosecutions is the one that is consulted if a change is going to be made and that way those families get the support…If there’s any way that we can remember her, we have to do something to make sure this can never happen to anybody ever again.

 

 

 

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Eight Spicy Hamlet Memes

Alright, so you know we’re obsessed with SparkNotes’ twitter. Or, I am at least.  The memes are so dank. And now there’s a master list of everything they’ve posted about Hamlet, or at least a lot of it, and it’s all iconic. Here we go.

 

When Your Dad Tells You to Do Something

 

Clean my room? Murder your killer? Totally, I’ll do that right now. Just let me finish this chapter. Level. Book. I’ll TOTALLY remember the stabbing stuff after that. I’ll even clean up the blood. When I get to it. No one’s perfect, you know?

 

 

When You’re Totally Not Jealous

 

Hamlet might have been the first emo. Maybe. Certainly he was pretty early. Like, I get it man, intellectual and philosophical despair or whatever, your stepdad SUCKS, but maybe go outside. Get some sun. Maybe some soft serve. Commit a murder. Whatever works?

 

 

The Roulette Wheel of Murder Excuses

 

No, I totally didn’t kill my brother, it was, um… *turns around and furiously spins visible wheel* … a snake! Yeah. It was a snake. You know how it is. So many venomous snakes here in Denmark, it was bound to happen sometime. Totally innocent.

 

 

Ignoring the Obvious

 

Look. Your father died in a mysterious snake accident. Your uncle MARRIED YOUR MOM. That’s a yikes in any context, but it’s a super yikes here. Go and get all philosophical about it if you must, but Claudius is barely even trying to hide his misdeeds. Get to the decision, man.

 

 

Did You Ever Feel Like a Vine Could See You?

 

Look, Claudius, if you’re going to pull off a murderous coup, you’ve gotta have just like, a little tiny bit of chill. I’m not asking for a lot. This is like a vampire freaking out and running from the room every time you mention the sun. If you’re going to murder your brother, at least own it.

 

 

When the Paper is Due Tomorrow

 

Maybe just do to him whatever you did to Ophelia. Too soon? #opheliadeservedbetter Seriously though, you live with the guy. Literally just stand there and kill him when he STOPS praying. Kill him in his sleep. Do something. Honestly, Lettie, kill or do not kill, there is no try.

 

 

Absolutely No One

 

Formally. Informally. Hamlet had the emotions of a Romantic, about a hundred years too early. I feel like the romantics would have really Gotten him. (Or like, four hundred years before his time. Imagine Hamlet with a floppy fringe. I digress). Either way, he’s an emotional mess, but mostly valid. #opheliadeseRVEDBETTER

 

 

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Six Galaxy Brain Tweets from SparkNotes

If you’re anything like me, SparkNotes has always been there when you need it. Now, they’re not only helping you pass your classes, but also serving you the spiciest of literature memes. They’re all pure gold, but here are just a few.

 

 

Theseus or not, YOU. ARE. VALID.

 

 

Unfortunately there’s no third option, so if you want to set the Minotaur up on a blind date with your friend, you’re kind of out of luck. Otherwise, you’re good though. What color do your sails need to be if you didn’t slay the Minotaur but you’re seeing it this Friday?

 

 

 

Some people appreciate attitude

 

 

I mean, he’s already in love with her by that point, but you get the idea. He’s always talking about how mean she is, and then boom, marry me! Of course, the same could be said of her. What a stressful ship. Still though, you know, I’m on it.

 

 

 

Want to delay your problems forever?

 

 

Curiosity may not have killed the cat, but it sure killed Dorian Gray. Still, he lived a while looking fresh and evil in stead of old and evil, so if you’ve got the attic space, why not? In this economy though? The thing’s going under the bed.

 

 

 

Do You haunt an old building? Then you need…

 

 

 

Sure, you might not be the most conventionally attractive, but your secret underground hideaway is second to none, and isn’t it what’s on the inside that matters? What’s under the surface? (What’s directly  under the opera house?)

 

 

 

People can’t know we sit! And… murder!

 

 

Maybe not as relatable as the original video, but definitely a strong mood, and just as futile. The body stays right under the floorboards after all. If only there’d been seashells on the doorknobs, maybe things would have gone better.

 

 

 

Hindsight is… Ah man I botched it.

 

 

Don’t look back in anger (or at all). Going to the depths of hell is a nice gesture, and who doesn’t like musicians, but you’ve gotta stick the landing by actually fulfilling the deal. Just one opinion, but if both of you don’t come back alive, that’s a bad date.

 

 

 

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