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All Hail the Queen Bey!: Beyonce Officially Joins Cast of The Lion King Reboot

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All hail the Lion Queen! Beyoncé has officially joined the cast of Disney’s upcoming live-action version of The Lion King, and we couldn’t be more excited by the news. Not only is The Lion King our favorite Disney movie – we all remember slow dancing to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” in middle school – but Beyoncé is definitely our dream choice to play Nala, Simba’s love interest. Most of the cast had already been announced back in February, with Donald Glover taking over the role of Simba, and James Earl Jones once again voicing Mufasa. But in March, Variety reported that director Jon Favreau was holding out for Beyoncé in the role of Nala and was pretty much…

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Myth and the Modern Woman: Why We Need Fairy Tales to Survive

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“I too am not a bit tamed…I too, am untranslatable/I sound my barbaric yawp over the roof of the worlds” – Walt Whitman When I was a child, I wouldn’t only read stories, I would become them. I would wear ball gowns of every color and insist that you call me Cinderella, Belle, or Snow White for weeks on end. It was not until I was twelve when I read The Power of Myth that I understood what had been happening to me.  Joseph Campbell dedicated his life to tell us that myths and stories are essential to our survival: “Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life…Myth helps you to put your mind in touch with…

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From TV to Books: We’re Currently Obsessed with Beauty and the Beast

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Lately it seems like Beauty and the Beast retellings are everywhere. First there’s the live action reboot starring Emma Watson that’s scheduled to come out next year. And then there’s The CW’s Beauty and the Beast, which premiered its fourth and final season on June 2. Not that I’m complaining; I love a good fairy tale retelling, and The CW version, starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, is definitely one of my current TV obsessions. It took until last year for me to try out the crime romance, but now I’m hooked. I won’t pretend that it’s the best show on The CW, but Beauty and the Beast is romantic, heartfelt and just campy enough to be fun. Kreuk stars…

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3 TV Shows and a Book for Those Who Like Fairytales on the Grimm Side

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I like my fairy tales like I like my men: dark and mysterious with just a hint of danger. Ha! OK, maybe that’s a little over-the-top, but with all the rebooted fairy tales popping up lately, it’s hard not to get caught up in the more mature retellings of our favorite childhood stories. While there will always be a place for the bubble-gum sweetness of Disney, I’ll gladly take a modern dark and twisted fairy tale that harkens back to the, well, dark and twisted Grimm original. Even television isn’t immune to the dark fairy tale trend. Here are three shows —and one book! — that you should be binging every time you’re looking for a little tortured true love…

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10 Fictional libraries bookworms dream about visiting

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For book lovers, there’s no better place than a library. The quiet, the musty smell of old novels, the often-incredible architecture—we could spend days wandering the shelves and flipping through pages. It’s no wonder so many libraries show up in our favorite novels or movies, creating perfect places for characters to gather information or just curl up with a good book. So when we read the Bustle article “10 Fictional Bookstores We Wish We Could Shop In,” we knew we needed to make a library edition. Here are 10 fictional libraries we could spend hours browsing in: The Beast’s Library from Beauty and the Beast There’s no better way to woo an avid reader than by showing her your giant…

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