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With the Projected Billion Dollar Success of ‘Black Panther,’ Underrepresented Superheroes Are Finally Taking Center Stage

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We’re all used to the typical superhero story by this point. A man struggling with his identity also struggles to save the world. Think Spiderman, Superman, Batman. Three iconic heroes who all have to come to terms with the way their abilities affect both their lives and the well-being of those around them. We’re seen this narrative play out in multiple ways: dark and gritty, like Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman. Surreal and fun, ala Tim Burton. But no matter how these heroes are portrayed, they always have a couple things in common, specifically that they’re white and male. But that narrative is slowly changing, and lately we have a front row seat to the cultural shift that’s taking over…

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The 10 Most Memorable TV Weddings That Inspired Jasmine Guillory’s Romanctic Debut

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We’ve got weddings on the brain lately. Between the upcoming royal wedding Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle AND the epic double wedding on The CW crossover last week, who can blame us? It may be late fall (and not traditionally wedding season), but there’s clearly never a wrong time to get into the wedding-spirit. With so much love in the air, we’re rounding up our favorite TV weddings of all time. Gif via dailydcheroes.tumblr.com Prince Charles & Princess Diana, July 29, 1981 While Prince Harry prepares for his own wedding, he will no doubt get a lot of advice on royal matrimony from his father Prince Charles whose 1981 wedding to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, was watched by 750 million worldwide.  Often referred…

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Crisis on Earth-X! Everything We Know About the CW Crossover Event

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Warning: major spoilers for upcoming episodes of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl! It’s almost that time of year again. The time we look forward to all year, filled with festivities and lights and just the right amount of drama. No, we’re not talking about the holiday season and those awkward family dinners. Instead, it’s time to celebrate the annual CW superhero crossover, which only seems to expand with each passing year (and with each new show added to the lineup). At this point we’re crossing over four different shows, in a two-night event that promises to be insanely epic. On November 27th and 28th, the crossover event is taking over, with Supergirl and a special episode of…

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Be Still My Heart: 10 Love Stories Totally Worth the Wait!

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Be still my heart! Between the new episodes of Outlander and Arrow, this has been a pretty great week for romance. And not just any standard romance either, but love stories that we have been pining over, desperately waiting for our favorite couples to reunite. Gif via Giphy.com On Outlander, we finally got our Print Shop Scene, with Claire and Jamie reuniting after spending 20 years – and technically a couple of centuries – apart. As a longtime Outlander fan (of both the show and the books!), it was everything I could have dreamed of and more. Awkward, sweet, and crazy romantic. Don’t even get me started on the basically 45 minute sex scene that followed. Gif via jvmiefraser.tumblr.com When it comes…

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Season 4 of ‘The Flash’ Premieres Tonight! We Have Spoilers You Won’t Want To Miss

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Warning: Slight Spoilers Ahead! 2017 is shaping up to be the year of the superhero. Not only are movie superheroes setting records and dominating at the box office (we’re still obsessed with Wonder Woman!), but they’re taking over fall TV as well. From new shows, like The Gifted and Marvel’s Runaways, to some old returning favorites like Jessica Jones, masked heroes are all over the small screen. And we’re not complaining. There’s nothing we love more than watching our favorite TV stars save the world again and again. This week, all FOUR of CW’s superhero shows are returning, finally giving us some answers after all the cliffhangers they left dangling last spring. They’re also planning another major crossover event, bringing all…

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New Fall TV We Can’t Wait to Watch (and Books to Match)!

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The new fall TV shows are almost here and we’re already picking our favorites. From superheroes to thrillers, this year’s lineup looks like it’s going to be one of the best. Here are 5 new shows we can’t wait to binge on and the books we’re reading alongside them. Watch: Ten Days in the Valley, ABC This new psychological thriller stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, a single mom who’s struggling to balance work and family. When her daughter goes mysteriously missing one night, it sends her world into a tailspin, making her question everything. Dark and mysterious, Ten Days in the Valley premieres October 1st on ABC. Read: A Stranger in the House, Shari Lapena Lapena’s suspenseful read tells…

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The CW’s Arrow: 5 Reads on Felicity Smoak’s Fictional Bookshelf

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Do you ever wonder what Superman has on his bookshelf? Or which novels Katniss Everdeen reaches for after finishing the Hunger Games? We do too! Which is why we like to imagine the books our favorite fictional characters are currently obsessed with. Today, we’re exploring the world of DC Comics and The CW’s Arrow as we ponder what Felicity Smoak‘s bookshelf might look like these days. Arrow’s Felicity Smoak is a brilliant hacker, an awkward conversationalist, and the (once-again) lady love of Oliver Queen. She’s also tough as nails, smarter than almost anyone on television, and capable of stopping bad guys with a single click of her mouse. Our girl Felicity Smoak probably doesn’t have much time for reading – too…

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Betty and Jughead are the Heart of The CW’s Riverdale

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Spoilers ahead for the latest episodes of Riverdale! As soon as I saw promos for The CW’s new show, Riverdale, I was intrigued. It looked mysterious and romantic, and I knew this was a teen show I didn’t want to miss. When I actually sat down to watch it, I was hooked from the very first scene. The show is based loosely on the Archie comics we all read and loved growing up. There’s redheaded Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), who turns into a guitar-playing dreamboat one summer, prompting the iconic love triangle between Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) to take off in earnest. There’s Josie and the Pussycats with lead singer Josephine McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) knocking us out with…

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Our Endgame Predictions for the Final Episode of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries

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After eight years and countless characters brought back from the dead, The Vampire Diaries (TVD) is officially coming to an end. The last episode of the iconic teen show (based on the book series by L.J. Smith) airs Friday, March 10, on The CW, and honestly, we’re VERY broken up about it. There have been plenty of times over the last few years where we’ve shouted at the screen and begged the show to just wrap up already. But now that it’s finally here, there’s something very bittersweet about saying goodbye to the vampire show that has been a staple in our weekly watching for almost a decade. We can still remember the excitement of watching the first few episodes of 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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Battle ‘Ships Never-Lose-Hope Edition: Delena vs. Klaroline!

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Most of the time, I like to root for couples that I know stand a chance at Happily Ever After. Sometimes, I’m bitterly disappointed (don’t even get me started on How I Met Your Mother’s Barney & Robin), but I can usually spot a life-long love a mile away. It’s why I stuck around for the Blair & Chuck drama on Gossip Girl. It’s why I knew that Veronica & Logan would eventually make it work on Veronica Mars – even if it took 10 years and a Kickstarter movie. I’m just a true fan of true love. So when my favorite couples get torn apart by outside circumstances, I have a hard time adjusting. Especially when it’s out of…

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From TV to Books: We’re Currently Obsessed with Beauty and the Beast

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Lately it seems like Beauty and the Beast retellings are everywhere. First there’s the live action reboot starring Emma Watson that’s scheduled to come out next year. And then there’s The CW’s Beauty and the Beast, which premiered its fourth and final season on June 2. Not that I’m complaining; I love a good fairy tale retelling, and The CW version, starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, is definitely one of my current TV obsessions. It took until last year for me to try out the crime romance, but now I’m hooked. I won’t pretend that it’s the best show on The CW, but Beauty and the Beast is romantic, heartfelt and just campy enough to be fun. Kreuk stars…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Jane the Virgin Edition

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When I first heard the premise to The CW’s Jane the Virgin, I rolled my eyes and mentally wrote it off. A virgin gets accidentally knocked up? Count me out. I’m a romance novel (and TV) junkie, and I’ve read/watched enough ‘surprise pregnancy’ tropes to know that it’s not my cup of tea. But then I saw the cute trailer… And I decided to at least give the show a try. Two seasons later, I am 100 percent, officially hooked. Yes, there is an accidental pregnancy. But Jane the Virgin is also hilarious, quick, romantic-as-hell and just plain awesome. It’s like nothing I’ve ever watched before, blending traditional romance with over-the-top telenovela-style drama. But the show is highly aware of the campiness,…

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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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“Olicity” Watch: Searching for Hope and Saving the World — A Season 4 Overview

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Warning: Spoilers Ahead! Last season, “Olicity” were the only ones who left the team at the finale. This time around, they’re the only ones who stay. Arrow certainly does love its parallels, huh? It’s been a long ride, my friends, and season 4 is finally at an end. Here’s our last Olicity Watch of the season for 4×23, “Schism”: Recap: Darhk is not happy. To put it mildly. And he’s determined to nuclear blast everything to hell, including his daughter. Team Arrow rushes to stop him, with Oliver rallying the people of Star City, and Felicity working her tech magic to stop all those bombs from detonating. There’s a massive hand-to-hand fight, the flashbacks suck even more than usual, Curtis…

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“Olicity” Watch: Felicity’s State of Mind and Curtis Wins Wednesday Night TV – Again!

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Warning: Spoilers Ahead! While it was an eventful night for Team Arrow, not much happened on the “Olicity” front. And by ‘not much,’ I mean basically nothing at all. I’m starting to get nervous over here. Let’s just try and linger on those few promising moments in our Olicity Watch for 4×22, “Lost in the Flood”: Recap: Oliver and John spend most of their time underground, trying to save Thea, stop Anarchy, stop Ruve, also stop Malcom, stop Darhk too, and make it out alive after they blow the whole suburban-bunker to smithereens. I’m exhausted just writing that sentence. On the home front, Felicity, Curtis and her father are fighting their own battle: trying to hack into Darhk’s system to…

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