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This New Novel Is Set Within the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ World

Now, if you’re at all like me, then you already know that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the greatest series to ever grace modern television. This layered, genre-bending series about a cheerleader-turned-heroine helped pave the way for a generation of girls who believed that they, themselves, could fight the monsters under the bed; a generation of girls who knew exactly how powerful they were. 

 

 

 

***Buffy Spoilers***

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Even without the very clear feminist foundation, Buffy had such intense, powerful messages hidden beneath the plot lines of monsters, demons, and vampires. Almost everything was a metaphor for something far more profound. Like when Buffy awakes the morning after finally sleeping with her first love only to discover that he’s not the same kind, loving, soulful person he was just hours before (of course, this has more to do with an ancient gypsy curse than anything else). Then there’s the way Buffy’s own mother kicks her out of the house after she “comes out” as a slayer and her mother fails to understand that it’s just the way she was born and isn’t something she can control. This is the clear sexuality and teenage rebellion embodied within each of the sadistic, wild vampires (like Spike and Drusilla).

 

Even the different ways mourning is expressed through each character as they cope with the heartbreaking (and ultimately shocking) deaths that occur throughout the series shows something so vulnerable and human. One would say it feels as though you’re mourning alongside them. Buffy was also progressively ahead of it’s time for how openly and realistically it portrayed the lesbian relationship between Buffy’s best friend and sidekick, Willow Rosenberg, and her girlfriend (and fellow Wiccan) Tara Maclay.

 

Buffy was a show that felt like a part of you. The characters were each so flawed, lovable, and developed. They matured in such a concrete, authentic way it felt like you knew them as more than just fictional characters on some television series; the heart of this show felt real. It was a seven season show that was nearly impossible to say goodbye to. This is true even though saying hello to the incredibly dark and insanely well done spinoff series Angel definitely helped to ease some of that pain. 

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a series that helped me grow; it influenced teenage me in more ways than I’m sure I even realize. It still continues to be something I turn to when life feels too intense and I need a quick escape route. And now, thanks to bestselling author Kiersten White (Paranormalcy), the world of Buffy has been raised from the dead with Slayer; a new young adult novel taking place within the Buffy universe.

 

 

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When Buffy began, as stated in the famed opening theme, there was only ever one slayer existing at a time:

 

 

In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.

 

 

Then, once the slayer inevitably passed away, another slayer would come into her powers and meet her “watcher”. They would be a mentor/teacher meant to help her understand her new place in this world and help her to hone in on all of her newfound skills and then begin training. But, during the finale, a spell was cast allowing every would-be slayer to come into her powers at once; the world was suddenly filled with young, powerful girls who had the agility and strength needed to keep the monsters at bay.

 

And now, it appears that Slayer is taking place where that world left off:

 

 

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard. 

 

 

Did you get goosebumps? I got goosebumps. This sounds so perfectly Buffy-esque, I can’t wait to see where Nina’s journey as a slayer takes her!

 

Slayer is set to release January 8, 2019. You can read an exclusive excerpt from it here on EW.

 

 

 

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10 Holden Caulfield Quotes About Life That Are 100% Accurate

If one could describe Holden Caulfield in three words, they’d probably be: Angsty, obnoxious, and anti-phony.

 

The sixteen-year-old protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s iconic and only novel, The Catcher in the Rye, has annoyed, baffled, and offended readers since its release in 1951. His manic antics, obsession with calling out society, and sensitive statements have managed to make The Catcher in the Rye one of the most read novels (and most banned novels) of all-time. While some of his statements are indeed offensive and bizarre, this angsty teen has some pretty on-the-mark views about life.

 

Here are ten of Holden’s quotes about life that are pretty darn accurate.

 

1.“People never notice anything.” 

 

2.”Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.”

 

3.“That’s something that annoys the hell out of me- I mean if somebody says the coffee’s all ready and it isn’t.” 

 

4.”I’m always saying “Glad to’ve met you” to someone I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”

 

5. “It’s partly true, too, but it isn’t all true. People always think something’s all true.”

 

6.“That’s the whole trouble. When you’re feeling very depressed, you can’t even think.”

 

7.“Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.”

 

8.“Lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most.” 

 

9. “People are always ruining things for you”

 

10. “I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.”

 

 

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6 Terrifying Children in Literature

Children are amongst the most terrifying creatures imaginable. Behind their unsuspecting smiles and affectionate hugs, they are undoubtedly scheming behind your back. They shout in high-pitched screams, talk in wiccan rhymes, make sudden movements, and are willing to resort to physical violence if it means getting their way. They are evil.

 

If you don’t believe me, here are six evil children from literature that will seriously make you rethink having little monsters of your own.

 

1. Isaac – Children of the Corn by Stephen King

 

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The leader of a muderous child cult that terrorizes the adults in his small town (seriously, Stephen King, why do you treat small towns like this?), Isaac is a religious fanatic who uses violence to manipulate others. He convinces children to murder their parents and any adult over the age of nineteen. If you live near any cornfields, beware of children like Isaac.

 

2. Kevin – We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

 

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Kevin is a manipulative sociopathic teenager who, prior to committing a school massacre, spent his time mentally abusing his mother, physically and emotionally torturing his sister, and killing his sister’s pet rodent in a vile manner. We all knew teenagers were terrible, but Kevin gives us a little more evidence. 

 

3. Rhoda – The Bad Seed by William March

 

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This sociopathic 8-year-old will make you distrust any girl with pigtails. Behind this angelic facade is a murderer whose jealousy and fierce competitive nature is met with a murderous rage. We all know children hate to lose, but Rhoda shows us why these spoil sports are so dangerous.

 

4. Jack – Lord of the Flies by William Golding

 

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Being stranded on an island is sure to bring out desperation and frustration. For others, apparently, it brings out one’s sick and twisted nature. Jack is the official example of “hangry,” a domineering teen whose lack of food and resources brings out the pure savagery within him. He has an intense obsession with hunting, and finds pleasure in torturing animals, particularly pigs. Jack will make any parent terrified to be stranded alone with their teenage son.

 

5. Cathy – East of Eden by John Steinbeck

 

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Sex can kill, literally. Cathy Ames is a manipulative character, successfully able to frame two boys for rape, driving a lust-filled professor to commit suicide, and using sexuality to control men. Her sexual exploits lead to the ruin of many characters, much to her sick and twisted delight. 

 

6. Jacob – Defending Jacob by William Landay

 

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If you’re naturally skeptical of teenage boys, then the good news is Jacob will prove it’s not all in your head. After his 14-year-old classmate is found murdered, young Jacob soon finds himself as a suspect. His frightened parents, completely unaware of their son’s underlying issues, are forced to question their son’s true form and, what they find is every parent’s worst nightmare. Jacob is an example of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

 

 

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In the Age of Technology, Kids Prefer Old Fashioned Books

It is a common misconception that young people are so obsessed with technology that they shudder at the touch of paper, have forgotten how to use pens, and can only relate to abstract concepts such as ‘likes’ and ‘the internet.’

 

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As pointed out in this article on The Conversation, the myth is so pervasive that it has affected book-sourcing practices in many school libraries in countries like the United States and Australia, with some abandoning paper books altogether in favor of e-readers. I KNOW. I can hear your horrified gasps from here.

 

However, it is just that: a myth. Studies show that in fact young people prefer reading physical books, and the more screens and devices they have access to, the less inclined they are to read. In Margaret K. Merga’s article, she presents the following findings from her research of 997 children. Merga writes:

 

  • Children underutilised devices for recreational book reading, even when daily book readers
  • Reading frequency was less when children had access to mobile phones.
  • Reading in general was less when children were given access to more digital devices.

 

This is the case for a number of reasons. Reading via an application on a device offers the endless possibility of distraction. It is so easy to switch between apps, to check the answer to every little question that occurs to one while reading, to play games online, to google the name of that person who played the daughter of the person who played the role of the character in the book you’re supposed to be reading in the film adaptation of that other book, no the other one from years ago, yeah her, ooh look what else she was in, I don’t remember her in that, who did she play, oh her hair was weird in that film what’s that style called so I can avoid it forever… You get me. There is also the problem of knowing where to find reading resources online. You cannot simply hand a fourth grader an iPad and tell them to go read a book. What fourth grader is familiar with Project Gutenberg, for example? Additional research shows that while some teenagers do enjoy screen-based reading, the majority of teens who are avid readers prefer actual books.

 

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Creating an environment that praises and rewards reading is posited as one of the top ways to keep children engaged and interested in reading for pleasure. Encouraging silent reading both in class and at home, and enthusiastic teachers who value the act of reading are also important in cultivating a young person’s love of reading. Allowing young people to select their own reading material is also key in making sure they see reading not as a chore but as something enjoyable and relaxing. 

 

The fact young people aren’t rejecting beloved paper books is a relief to bookworms. After all, what’s not to love? We even love the smell of books! Hopefully these studies can help dispel the idea that techno-rabid young folk have forgotten what ‘books’ are, and libraries can STOP GETTING RID OF THEIR LOVELY PAPER BOOKS OH MY GOD. 

 

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