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Nyx in the House of Night

By Their Marks You Shall Know Them

by Jana Oliveron the House of Night series

What exactly possessed primitive humans to inflict marks on their skin is hard to fathom. Perhaps one of the tribesmen had inadvertently gotten some dirt or ashes in a wound and once it healed, it remained discolored. While sitting around the fire swapping tales, his buddies might have made note of this new thing. With a little experimentation, they realized that if they opened a fresh wound, charred a stick, and buried the black residue inside the slice, the result was a tattoo. Proof that humans are endlessly inventive when they’re bored.

Thousands of years later we have a story about a high school girl who is having a rough day: while Zoey Montgomery is trying to cough her lungs out, her best friend is prattling on about Z’s drunken “almost” boyfriend and a football game. That all becomes irrelevant when Zoey spies the undead guy standing next to … read more»

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The Girl Who Was on Fire

Panem et Circenses

by Carrie Ryanon the Hunger Games trilogy

In the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins takes our obsession with Reality TV and extends it to the most horrifying ends: a society that views kids killing kids as entertainment. It’s easy to find this an uncomfortable premise–to turn our noses up and say that while we may enjoy  read more»

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The Psychology of Joss Whedon

Terror Management Aboard Serenity

by Wind Goodfriend, Ph.D.on shows created by Joss Whedon

On that day, you will finally meet the man.


-Shan Yu, as quoted by Shepherd Book, “War Stories”


Death is a fundamental aspect of life, something with which every culture and every human must somehow come to terms. In the series Firefly, death is something that cannot be denied. Typically, … read more»

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Inside Joss' Dollhouse

How Cancellation Told the Story of the Dollhouse

by Luciana Hiromi Yamada da Silveiraon Dollhouse

She kills herself. She tries to kill him. She hears the trigger.
She fights against it.

The actions described in those four sentences do not make
a story. In this form, they are a cluster of events with no logical
relationship connecting them.

However, those who identified the scene–November’s final
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The Anthology at the End of the Universe

Loop-Surface Security: The Image of the Towel in a Vagabond Universe

by Mark W. Tiedemannon the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

Douglas Adams’ repeated inability to find his towel during a stay with friends led to an assumption of a standard of competence not commonly accepted by most humans on Earth. In milieus concerned with academic skill, physical prowess, cleverness, ruthlessness and appearance as standards of competence, it is often the … read more»

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