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Shakespeare Comes Alive Again in Lady Macbeth

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From Romeo and Juliet to Hamlet, there’s a reason Shakespeare has stayed popular for hundreds of years. His work isn’t just masterful storytelling, it’s also the groundwork for so many of the classic narratives we’ve come to know and love. At this point, adaptations of Shakespeare’s work could be a genre all of their own. It’s especially interesting when we see his iconic characters pop up in settings that are far different from the fair Verona or the Venice of his time. Take TNT’s newest series, Will. And such is the case with Lady Macbeth, a dark and thought-provoking new film being released in the US on July 14. Like a lot of Shakespeare adaptations, this one is more interpretive than…

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If You Like Starz’ Outlander, You’ll Fall in Love with These 10 Books

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As a self-proclaimed Outlander junkie, I’m always on the lookout for different books that are just as romantic and compelling as my favorite series. Claire and Jamie are a force to be reckoned with, and it’s not easy to live up to that kind of love. Not to mention the historical details that Diana Gabaldon brings to the narrative, or her unique touches of fantasy and mystery. But over the years, I have found a few books that come close. Here they are, along with this guarantee: if you like Outlander, you’ll love these 10 books. Promise. Outlander Book Recommendations Into the Wilderness, Sara Donati (Delta, 2008) This is the first book in a series that Gabaldon herself recommends to readers — and…

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6 Book and TV Spinoffs that Keep us Hooked!

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Sometimes spinoffs get a bad rap. And for good reason:  Dear Friends fans, let’s all keep pretending that Joey never happened, OK? But for every Joanie Loves Chachi, there’s also a Frasier, proving that spinoffs can be just as good –- or sometimes better! -– than the shows that preceded them. Right now, television is saturated with spinoffs. Not that we’re complaining. With the exception of a select few (*cough* Fear the Walking Dead *cough*), most of the spinoffs on TV are pretty awesome these days. We can’t get enough of shows like Better Call Saul, a spinoff of Breaking Bad, or Legends of Tomorrow, a roundabout spinoff of Arrow. But we do have a few favorites, in both the world…

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Amy Schumer Flips the Usual Sexual Politics in Trainwreck

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Any romance novel fan is familiar with the trope of the virginal woman and the more experienced man teaching her about sex. Hell, it’s practically standard in bodice rippers, where the man tends to be a recently reformed rake, only changing his womanizing ways for the right (and often pure) woman. And sure, in more contemporary novels the woman is rarely a virgin, but she still often needs to be sexually taught or enlightened by the new love in her life. Think 50 Shades of Grey or even Twilight. Both women are a little more naïve, needing almost constant guidance in the bedroom area. I love romance novels, but even I’m getting sick of the sexual politics that bleed into…

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