Magical Words Link Roundup 4-10-2017


How could you tell the difference between an urban fantasy protagonist and a horror protagonist? The answer may depend on how the character would react if an uncanny supernatural being shows up and attacks him.

Whether you come from the California coastline or the snowy forests of Maine, reading a book set in your home state can make you feel a warm nostalgia for that beloved place.

The mystery of Roanoke endures another cruel twist. An artifact found 20 years ago turns out to not be what archaeologists thought.

For years, Blade Runner was the best sci-fi movie never to have a sequel, and that got the Nerdist thinking about all those other movies that belong to the ever-dwindling list of science fiction flicks that never got a follow-up.

Will Smith famously turned down the lead role in “The Matrix.” But how would the mind-melting 1999 sci-fi movie have turned out if the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” actor had actually starred as Neo, in place of Keanu Reeves?

All the best mythological monsters are badass women. Which one are you?

While most people fear the end of the world (or at least actively avoid the idea entirely), there are occasionally those who welcome it, perhaps encouraging it to come about through the calling of Cthulhu or the releasing of Giant Squids.

Terri Kapsalis says, “I teach “The Yellow Wallpaper” because I believe it can save people.”

There are certain stories that are written over and over again…“Snow White” is a template story. So is Dracula. There are many, many versions of “Snow White”: there’s the Grimms’ fairy tale, of course, but also book versions, movie versions . . . And each version is a reinterpretation of earlier versions, a conversation with those versions.

Live your life so Professor McGonagall would be both proud and exasperated by you.


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