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Obsessing Over Lifetime’s UnREAL and the Books that Expose Reality TV

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I’m always on the hunt for a new TV obsession, and this summer I found it in Lifetime’s UnREAL. I’d been hearing buzz about the show for months, and when I saw that season 2 premiered on June 6, I knew it was time to take the plunge. Luckily, the whole first season is available on Hulu, so I set myself up with some snacks and settled in for a weekend-long marathon. Holy. Crap. This show is soooo good. It’s dark and funny and tragic and everything I wanted it to be. It stars Shiri Appleby as Rachel, an emotionally unstable producer on the set of a reality show (ala The Bachelor) who seems to both enjoy and be tortured…

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Two Book Series That Dropped the Ball on the Final Book and One That Nailed It

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There is nothing more disappointing than strongly disliking the last book in a series. You’ve spent years reading the earlier novels, obsessing over the characters, and waiting for the next one to come out. When a long-running series is finally over, you’re hoping for some sort of resolution, all those loose ends tied up, and maybe even a happy ending. So if you don’t get any of those things, it’s very, very hard not to feel let down. Thankfully, most authors nail it all the way through. But there are those few series we wish we could erase from our minds, or at least go back to the beginning and stop ourselves from reading in the first place. Here are two…

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From Jane Eyre to Mockingjay to Austenland: Books that Need More Sex

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I should preface this by saying I’m not a pervert. Well, not much of one anyway. But sometimes you’re reading a book and you just know that a sex scene would make all the difference. Maybe the couple is getting a little too close; maybe that kissing scene is just a little too hot. The reason doesn’t even matter really—you just pray that the characters will start to go to town. And if you’re lucky, they do. But there are times when your fave couple just chastely kisses or walks away, letting all that delicious sexual chemistry go to waste. For those of us who are a little more, um, in need of that great love scene, here are five…

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