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The Unauthorized X-Men

Magneto the Jew

by Marie-Catherine Caillavaon the X-Men

Magneto’s being a Jew is of paramount importance. It defines the very relationship between reality and fiction.

At least, it does to me.

Let me share with you a very personal story, that of my love affair with Erik Magnus Lehnsherr and of how he made me become a writer.

I grew up your standard European little girl, except for the fact that I was told stories about Jews (translate: very nice people) hiding in Grandpa’s cellar, and of “nazees” (meaning: horrible monsters) finding them one night after the baby cried at the wrong moment and taking them away, never to be seen again. I would hide my teddy bears before falling asleep, out of fear that the same “nazees” would find them and do awful things to them. Being six years old, I was not too sure what those “awful things” would be. I remember that, after much painful pondering, I had … read more»

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The Psychology of Harry Potter

Exploring the Dark Side

by Christopher J. Patrick, Ph.D.on Harry Potter

What accounts for the unprecedented appeal of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels among readers of all ages around the world? Could it be the magical places, people, and events that populate each book–including Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; endearing characters such as Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Hagrid; ghosts, goblins, … read more»

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Nyx in the House of Night

Cruithne Mythology and the House of Night

by P. C. Caston the House of Night series

First, let me explain why I use the term “Cruithne” and not “Celtic” when I speak of Scottish and Irish Clansfolk.

It may surprise readers to find out that the word most used to describe the culture and people of northwestern Europe, Celtic or Celt, is a modern word that only came … read more»

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A New Dawn

Edward, Heathcliff, and Our Other Secret Boyfriends

by Robin Brandeon the Twilight series

We all have our ideal, swoon-worthy romantic heroes: Aragorn in Lord of the Rings (sigh), Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Shepherd on Lost, Justin Timberlake in “SexyBack”–whatever. But in her Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer has handed us the dreamiest of lovers, so beyond our regular fantasies we’re … read more»

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Shadowhunters and Downworlders

Immortality and Its Discontents

by Holly Black, Kelly Linkon the Mortal Instruments series

Holly: When we sat down to talk about this essay, it happened to be in a room where Cassandra Clare was hard at work on her next book. We thought we would just have the conversation in front of her and see if she wanted to pitch in.

Kelly: read more»

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