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Wonder Woman Kicks Ass for a New Generation

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The new Wonder Woman movie is out today and we are jazzed. There’s nothing like watching a strong, inspirational woman kick ass on-screen, especially when she’s wielding a pretty awesome sword and even more awesome moves. From stopping bullets with her golden bracelets to repeatedly saving the world from danger, this is the kind of female-driven superhero story we can get behind. Wonder Woman was originally created in 1941 by psychologist William Moulton Martson and his wife. Martson modeled the female superhero after many famous feminists of the time, particularly Margaret Sanger. We’re definitely not surprised. Other than a very brief hiatus in the 1980s, Wonder Woman has always been a prominent figure in the DC Comics world, including the…

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We Need Arrow’s “Olicity” Back Together — Now.

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Warning: Spoilers for Arrow and Olicity ahead! Turn back now if you haven’t seen the first half of season 5. We’ve made no secret of our fervent love of Arrow’s favorite couple “Olicity” here at BookTrib. So this season, with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) separated, we’re having major romance withdrawals. It doesn’t help matters that there seems to be a large divide in the fandom surrounding the couple. True “comic book fans” are rejoicing in the fact that Arrow’s focus is off the unconventional romance, while Olicity fans are bemoaning the lack of screen time devoted to the chemistry-laden duo. The producers are even weighing in, with creator Mark Guggenheim vocally regretting how quickly he…

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Who the Hell Are These People? A Suicide Squad Breakdown!

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There’s a lot of hype around the new Suicide Squad movie — and it’s not hard to see why. The cast looks ridiculous, the posters have been delightfully comic-y, and the trailers have been straight up awesome:   Comic book fans seem to be happy about a movie that looks fun and excitable, rather than aping the whole edgy-to-the-point-of-dour vibe that The Dark Knight series started. However, I humbly offer a completely fair question: who exactly are these people? Despite how entertaining this movie looks, it’s weird that people are so excited for a movie featuring what amounts to (mostly) B-squad supervillains. OK, they get sent into high-risk missions for the government because, as criminals, they’re expendable. Got it. Sure,…

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Comic Books Collide: Does Superman Have Any Place in Supergirl’s World?

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Yesterday, The CW announced that Tyler Hoechlin is joining the cast of Supergirl as her famous crime-fighting cousin, Superman. This follows the news that the female-driven show will be moving from CBS to The CW to join the Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow DC family. There are already plans in place for an epic crossover event with all four shows. We. Can’t. Wait. But in the meantime, we’re still trying to digest the news that Superman is becoming a permanent fixture on the girlpower-centric Supergirl. Hoechlin is best known for playing Derek Hale on Teen Wolf, and there’s no denying that he has the type of chiseled jaw we’ve come to associate with one of the most famous superheroes of…

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The Top 10 April Books We’re Crazy About

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If you live in a cold climate, April is that heartbreak month where you’re ready for warm weather but you just keep getting dumped with rain and snow. Luckily, there are some great new books coming out soon to warm us up while we desperately pray for spring flowers, sunshine and warmth. Here are 10 April releases that we’re pretty crazy about: One with You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day (St. Martin’s Griffin, April 5) Day’s Crossfire series has captivated fans across the world, becoming an international bestseller and a phenomenon that just can’t seem to quit. One with You is the final book in the series, wrapping up the romance between the two damaged soulmates, Eva and Gideon. Often compared to 50…

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Who’s in the Grave? Speculating on Arrow’s Season-Long Teaser

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With every episode of Arrow’s fourth season, the mystery of who’s in the grave has been rolling around in the back of our heads, getting increasingly more frustrating with every passing week. At first, the writers were hinting at Felicity Smoak’s possible demise. As of episode 4×10, we have clear confirmation that she’s not the one six-feet-under. Obviously. And also, THANK GOD. The mystery is still up in the air, but we do know it’s someone close to Oliver, and someone who can drive Felicity to angrily demand that Oliver kill again. That leaves us with only a handful of grave candidates. Join us as we try and answer the ultimate Arrow question this season: who’s in the grave?   Laurel…

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Ginormous Giveaways!

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A Small Indiscretion: A Novel At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in a washed-out California town for a London winter of drinking and abandon. Twenty years later, she is a San Francisco lighting designer and happily married mother of three who has put her reckless youth behind her. Then a photo from that distant winter in Europe arrives inexplicably in her mailbox, and an old obsession is awakened. Past and present collide, Annie’s marriage falters, and her son takes a car ride that ends with his life hanging in the balance. Now Annie must confront her own transgressions and fight for her family by untangling the mysteries of the turbulent winter that drew an invisible map of her…

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From Captain America to Batman v. Superman: Superheroes Are Taking Over

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Forget about Hillary vs. Bernie. Never mind Trump vs. Carson. The real action online is in a slew of geek-tastic movie trailers that are dropping faster than late-Autumn leaves. Last week saw the release of the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War, a movie that may as well be titled Avengers 3. As with most trailers, the cuts are quick, the action is lightning-fast, and you are compelled to watch it over and over and over again (Holy crap—it’s Black Panther! No! What happened to War Machine? And just what the heck is up with that crazy shield duet that Cap and Bucky are playing on Iron Man’s noggin?).     And then, just as our hearts were starting…

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4 Fictional Cities We Wish Existed in the Real World

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Sometimes when we find ourselves so enveloped in a TV show or book, we often imagine what it would be like to be a resident of the fictional hometown or city. Not only do we want to live in the town, but we’d obviously want to check out the local hot spots and maybe meet up with one of the fictional characters we wish could be our BFF. Here are four cities/towns we’ve put on our imaginary travel bucket list and one we’d move to in a heartbeat (We’re looking at you, Stars Hollow!). City: Gotham City, [State Redacted] Origin: DC Universe Take New York and Chicago, throw them in a blender with about a gallon of chaos and you…

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Books for TV Addicts: Oh, what to do without Arrow?

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Arrow’s final episode of season 3 premiered last week and OMG you guys, I’m still freaking out. If you haven’t watched it yet now’s the time to click away, because I’m about to bombard you with spoilers. … … … Ready? OLIVER AND FELICITY RAN AWAY TOGETHER. Oof. My little ‘shipper heart can’t take it. I love these two more than anything, and they literally get to ride off into the sunset together:  After a pretty dark season that started with Sara’s death and ended with Oliver’s world getting ripped apart, Arrow fans needed this happy ending. Now we only have to wait until the fall to find out how Season 4 is going to play out. Will Oliver ever…

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Comic fans, welcome the rise of the superheroine

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Batman. Superman. Spiderman. There’s no denying that when we think of superheroes, our minds conjure up a vision of a man in a cape, swooping in to save his city. But what about the female heroes? From Batgirl to Wonder Woman, we know they’re out there – and it’s way past time for superheroines to get their fair share of the glory. Luckily, the rest of the world seems to agree. From television to books, it seems like superheroines have been popping up everywhere recently. Take Arrow, for example. The CW show about the classic DC Comics hero, Green Arrow, started as a crusade by one masked man. But since it first aired in 2012, the show has grown to…

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Will meta-humans rescue the new television season?

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After dominating the big screen for the past several years, it was only a matter of time before comic book-inspired stories made their mark on television. And while such shows have already established a toehold on the small screen with series like Smallville, Arrow, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., this TV season will see a quantum leap in the number of superheroes getting their own network time slots. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the comic book franchises that will come to life in your living room this year. Gotham (FOX) Gotham City may be a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there, what with all the bizarre super-villains waiting to wreck havoc on its…

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