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When Bad Girls… Well, Stay Bad: The Wicked Women in Books We Just Love to Hate

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It’s Women’s History Month and we are looking forward to all the events and books that celebrate the impact that women have on the world. In addition to bringing you the latest pop culture news and reviews where women are the focus, this month, we are also going to share with you some of the best BookTrib articles of the past that celebrate women and diversity. Today, we’re featuring this piece from November 15, 2016 about bad and bad-ass women in fiction that we all just love to hate.  These days there are tons of awesome female characters on TV. Young, old, smart, naïve, good and evil. And while it’s always fun to root for the good characters (they save the day and…

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OTP Roundup: A Guide to Your Favorite TV Couples

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Warning, mild spoilers ahead! With September quickly approaching, it’s time to focus on what really matters: our favorite TV shows returning for the fall season. We certainly love summer, but it’s always a tough waiting game for any true TV watcher, while we speculate and dream over what will befall our favorite characters next year. Or rather, our favorite couples next year. Because let’s face it, we’re mostly in it for the romance. Unfortunately, we left a lot of our OTPS (or One True Pairs) in some pretty tough spots at the end of the 2016-2017 season. Separated by time and space, thinking the other is dead, facing uncertain futures – let’s just say it’s been an angst-filled summer. Because…

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Battle ‘Ships: Once Upon a Time’s CaptainSwan vs. SwanQueen

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Emma Swan and Captain Hook/Killian Jones

As soon as Once Upon a Time aired back in 2011, I knew I was a goner. Dark fairy tales? True love? Magic spells that take over an entire town? Yes, please. Since then, I’ve fully committed to the roller coaster that is this show: deaths, evil queens, magic beans that let you jump realms, and hearts getting pulled out of chests willy-nilly. But it’s not just the drama that keeps me coming back for more. No, the real draw is all the true love on the show, unabashedly hooking us hopeless romantics and basically making it impossible to stop watching (see what I did there??). For all of you non-OUATers, here’s a rundown on the overall plot: Emma Swan…

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When Bad is Good: Wicked Women in Books We Just Love to Hate

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These days there are tons of awesome female characters on TV. Young, old, smart, naïve, good and evil. And while it’s always fun to root for the good characters (they save the day and they give us happy endings), let’s face it: sometimes the villains are WAY more interesting. Which is why certain wicked women make it impossible to tear our eyes away from the screen. These characters are complicated, cruel and they almost never make the right choices in life. Sure, they usually get what they deserve in the end, but it’s certainly a wild ride along the way! Here are our top five favorite wicked women on TV — and one from a book! — who make being evil look…

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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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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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15 Things We’d Do Differently if We Were Once Show Runners

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Enchanted Sexism. Enough with only women as villains. Remember the Bechdel Test. Forget about making happiness about getting a man. After a three-season redemption arc, why not have Regina finally realize that she has what she really wants—family, community and love. She doesn’t need a man! Switch it up. Instead of having Regina attack the Charming family again (yawn!) have her withdraw because she’s depressed and take her magic with her. You could have the town grow colder and colder—a good reason for Elsa to show up. Who else shares her magic? Two words: Storybrooke High. Before you laugh, consider this: living in Storybrooke are Henry; Grace, the Mad Hatter’s daughter; Pinocchio aka Augus;t and who knows how many other…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Once Upon a Time edition

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Have you finally thawed out from Once Upon a Time’s icy cold cliff-hanger? Well, actually, it was less of a cliff-hanger and more of a total fairy-tale tease. We’re not quite sure if we’re OK with how things ended with our misguided heroes—Emma in the arms of Hook, a man she had been adamant on NOT ending up with, Regina finding love only to have her world crushed like Graham’s heart circa Season One by the return of Robin Hood’s used-to-be dead wife, and don’t even get us started on the lack of substantial consequences to Emma traveling back in time and almost erasing her entire family line. How about those last 45 seconds? Were you expecting Disney’s newest Princess-turned-Queen…

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