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Battle ‘Ships: Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Bangel vs. Spuffy

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There are really no words for how much Buffy the Vampire Slayer meant to me as a teenager. Or how much it means to me even now, as a full-blown adult. On the surface, Buffy is a campy paranormal fantasy about a blonde vampire slayer who moves to Sunnydale, California, home of a Hellmouth. In reality, the show is an allegory for growing up, using monsters to represent the demons that we face at different points in our adolescence. It’s also quick, smart, heart wrenching, deeply moving, and just plain fun. The day it went off the air was a dark one all around that many fans can attest to. And while creator Joss Whedon has continued the story in…

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Devastating TV Deaths: How ‘The 100’ Cut Open Old Wounds

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Warning – Major The 100 Spoilers Ahead! Last week, The CW’s post-apocalyptic teen show, The 100, delivered a pretty shocking death. That’s really saying something, as fans of the show are used to characters dying in horrific ways. But when Lexa, fan-favorite and badass Grounder Commander, took a stray bullet and died in Clarke’s arms, I gasped out loud and then cried a bucket of tears. Look, I get it, The 100 doesn’t pull any punches. Based on a series of YA novels by Kass Morgan, the show has veered wildly from the original source material, killing characters with abandon. No one is safe, including main characters (like when Clarke stabbed her lover Finn in the heart to prevent his torture at…

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Binge on These Vampires Before They Binge on You!

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‘Tis the season for ghouls, goblins and those sexy-scary bloodsuckers who hunt in the darkness. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve got a thing for vampires—there’s just something irresistible about a super strong, kind of dangerous hottie who’s tortured by his own bloodlust. Maybe I need therapy. Regardless, I love a good vampire on television, and you should, too. So here are three vampire shows—and one book—to binge on in the dead of night: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel If you haven’t binged these shows at least once already, we’re probably not going to be friends. I’m a big fan of creator Joss Whedon—by which I mean, I would have his babies and/or I might already have a shrine to…

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End of Summer: What to Watch During the Hiatus

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It’s that time of year again: the end of summer. Our favorite TV shows are long finished and we are caught in that awkward and frustrating hiatus period between the summer finales and the long-awaited October premieres. This suspenseful time usually consists of trolling fan pages, seeking the company of fellow post-season grievers and rewatching our favorite episodes from last season. Some of us are still crying about Grey’s Anatomy‘s Derek Shepherd (I know I am!); Some of us lie awake at night wondering about the rumors of Jon Snow’s resurrection in the next season of Game of Thrones; And some of us are still coping with the end of an era: Mad Men. To keep yourself sane during this unstable and…

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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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Horror with a smile for your next watching (and reading!) binge

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I’m kind of a horror wimp. If we’re ever watching a slasher film together, expect a lot of squealing, a lot of covering my eyes, and maybe some nail gouging during the particularly gory parts. This is why I like my horror served up with a healthy side of comedy—if I’m going to watch someone get chased by monsters, I might as well be laughing, too. Funny, campy horror has a long history on television: I still remember the plots to old episodes of The Munsters and The Addams Family I watched as kid. And even now there are some great shows out there that regularly mix their fake blood with a few jokes. So if you’re looking for the…

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Hemlock Grove: Netflix’s gothic horrorfest returns for a second season

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While it might not get the accolades of House of Cards or the attention of Orange is the New Black, Netflix features another original series, one that takes a werewolf-sized bite out of its viewers’ appetite for horror. Call it a macabre mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and An American Werewolf in London—it’s Hemlock Grove, and it returns for a second season on July 11. And while the series may not have the media coverage of Netflix’s other offerings, its renewal is bloody good news for its cadre of devoted fans. The series is based on the 2012 horror/thriller novel from author Brian McGreevy. Set in the creepy, fictional town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, the story centers around Peter…

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