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Quiz – What’s Your Period Drama Trope?

Based on this comic by Emily’s Cartoons.

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Booze & Books(tr): Your Weekly Bookish Drinking Game: Fantasy Edition

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. This week, we’ll be playing a fantasy drinking game—so if your fantasy is a glass of something strong, we think you’re going to like what happens next.

Rules: Imagine any work of fantasy, YA or otherwise. You might have more fun if you choose something that employs a lot of tropes*… but you’ll probably have fun either way! By the end of this game, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!



Our protagonist is…


1. ‘Chosen’ or destined for some serious cataclysmic showdown…


"But I am the Chosen One."

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…to save a world they previously knew nothing about…

…and is completely under-qualified for said task (sixteen, never held a sword, etc.)


2. Naturally gifted at an extremely useful skill…


D&D Elven Script

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Despite having no previous experience. (Let’s get real: if you studied Tolkien’s elven script for two straight weeks, you wouldn’t be fluent. More like you’d be asking directions to the bathroom and ordering lembas bread with all the dignity of a toddler.)


3. Conveniently related to a major-player in our fantasy world, whether they’re the child of nobility or the disregarded latchkey kid of our looming force of darkness…


Jame Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland

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…and doesn’t know it yet. (Don’t worry; it’ll come up at the most dramatic possible moment.)


Our Setting is…


1. Ambiguously Medieval-European…

…which serves little purpose except to populate the landscape with only white characters.


The Shire

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2. Suspiciously lacking in technological progression over a long period of time. (We’re not talking iPhones, y’all. Even feudalism didn’t last for 1,000 years.)


Our Villain is…


1. A vanquished threat that has definitely gone away and would never come back for something as cheap as a plot twist!


Voldemort returns.

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2. Unabashedly evil—we’re not talking villains who think what they’re doing is right. This is more your ‘I want to end the world and don’t seem to understand it’s where I keep all my stuff’ sort of motivation.


3. Not just one unabashedly evil character but instead, an entire empire devoted specifically to wickedness. Like, can we talk about the mechanics of such a place? They have to have some sort of industry. What do they produce, blood? And you KNOW they’re not cashing in off the tourism industry. Is there some sort of evil hotel? Does that offer room service? We need answers.


Mordor, aforementioned evil empire

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Still with us?


We hope you had a fantas(tic) time, and we’ll see you next week!


*Here’s our disclaimer where we assure you we are aware that The Lord of the Rings, while it employs many of these tropes, doesn’t abuse them. In fact, it’s where a good amount of them come from. And, while our dear friend H. P. wasn’t the first Chosen One to exist, his story lead the way for the many that followed. Tropes aren’t inherently a bad thing—since they probably just got you absolutely hammered, we’d say they’re pretty great!


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Three red solo cups: cheers!

Booze & Books(tr): Your Weekly Bookish Drinking Game

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. To give you a little preview, here’s a suggestion we can offer right now: any drink and any book. (Don’t worry; they’ll be more detailed than that. But you have to admit, it’s the perfect combo.)

Rules: Imagine a romance novel or any book with a romantic subplot. Though we’ll consistently change the genre, this week is a game for you to fall in love with. Remember the book as best you can—while you can—and our 21+ readers can follow our instructions. So let’s get to double-fisting: a drink in one hand and a book in the other. By the end of this game, the pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!


Take One drink if:

The protagonist is…


Startlingly naive about love and intimacy.


"Christian Grey picked up the long, black thing and started working my zone. It was bananas."


Completely unaware of her good looks, having spent her whole life believing she is ugly…
…without actually being ugly.


Blatantly in love with her childhood friend…
…and he’s, for all appearances, completely indifferent.


Sakura laughing as Sasuke looks away.


A self-proclaimed man-eater who is completely uninterested in romance…
…until a sensitive sweetheart can break down her tough exterior.

Involved in a love triangle…
…with one roguish yet secretly kindhearted bad boy…
And a hyperbolically meek boy-next-door whose lifelong wish is to push a lock of our protagonist’s hair behind her ear.


Red dress meme.

Looking for a romp in a foreign country…
…and doesn’t speak the language.
(Bodies can’t literally do the talking, y’all. Eventually, you’ll need to go to a grocery store or make an appointment.)

The Lover Is…

Famous in any capacity…
…especially for something sexy, like music, athletics, or breaking the law.


A police officer, firefighter, doctor, surgeon, soldier, artist, professor, or CEO.
(Somehow we’ve decided that these are the ‘sexy’ professions. Where’s the love for, say, someone at a twenty-four hour Seven Eleven? What could be hotter than someone loving you despite your obvious flaws? Example: 2 A.M. Cheeto purchases.)


Tris & Four from 'Divergent'

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Initially nasty or cold…
…behavior which is later revealed to be the result of a tragic past…
…including but not limited to the death of a spouse or partner.


A passionate collector of sunglasses, leather jackets, or expensive suits.


Clary Fray and Jace Wayland

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The best sex of our protagonist’s life…
…right from the start.


Either Monopoly Man wealthy or living in romantic Dickensian poverty.





A completely avoidable misunderstanding drives the lovers apart…
…one that could be resolved with a very simple conversation….
…a conversation that NO ONE BOTHERS TO HAVE!


Edward taking off his shirt in order to kill himself in 'New Moon'

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Circumstances arise in which the characters cannot be together…
Especially if the cause is supernatural.


The characters decide to fake a relationship…
…and end up in a REAL relationship (a real…ly, really weird relationship).


In the rare instance that Santa Claus is involved, take two.


'In Love With Alien Santa Claus' by Zara Zenia

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Still with us?

If you are, maybe you should’ve chosen another book!



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