Correlations between "Beowulf" and the works of Tolkien are discussed in this article. Videos from historians and archeologists are included, along with an audio interview with J.R.R. Tolkien. Written by a retired British Literature educator.
The dwarves are some of my favorite characters in "Lord of the Rings." Read on to learn about their vibrant culture.
This article provides a guide for those of you looking to get into reading superhero comic books for the first time.
This top 10 list contains the best Harry Potter fanfics I've ever read. Find good stories to read and tell me about your own favorites.
J.R.R. Tolkien was a medieval languages scholar and a nitpicker. Nevertheless, there's a few charming anachronisms in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
FFN and AO3 are the two biggest fanfiction archives on the Internet today. Which one do you prefer? Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of each.
An examination of Neil Gaiman's third volume of the Sandman series, "Dream Country," using various literary criticism techniques.
Need a name for your steampunk persona? Love the sound of Victorian names? Here's a list of more than 300 Victorian steampunk names to check out. There's even a fun tool to help you make up your own unique name.
One of the many epic potential character lines to come from the mind of Jack Kirby was The Eternals. Within that mythology, he works in Celestials, Eternals, and Deviants. Here's your primer.
The legacy of Luthien is the most famous in the universe of Middle-earth. So much so that it is easy to lose track of who the actual person was and what made her tick.
Severus Snape—the dark Potions professor of Hogwarts who frightened students and engaged readers—is one of the most iconic Harry Potter characters of all time! His actions and motives were heroic as well as spiteful. From the first book to the last, fans have always been fascinated by Severus Snape.
With all of the hype that’s gone on in the last few months over the Avengers Movie and The Amazing Spider-man, you’d have to have been living under a rock to not know that comic book fiction is making a definite comeback into popular culture. Sure, we all know all of the major characters from television and some of the movies that have been made over the last decade. The characters of the Hulk, Spider-man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and Thor are best known. These are the other guys.
Spiderman versus Superman. The Amazing Spiderman is out in movie theatres now, and Man of Steel is set to be released in 2013, so let’s take a look at these two superheroes and see why Spiderman is better than Superman...
Not sure where to start? This article covers all the major basics in terms of cosplay for people new to the whole thing.
While superheroes do their best to not only save the world and fight crime, one of the few nuisances in their lives is the plague of omniscient imps, thunderbolts and djinns. Here's more about the ones from DC.
Comics books are usually great, but sometimes they can be awful. Read more about the worst comic books of all time!
If you hear of a DC character, they will use them despite how obscure. I’ve seen characters make appearances on the animated The Brave and The Bold that made me sit back and remember that some of these characters still had some life. For example, the rarely used character Batman Zur-En-Arrh was recently unearthed in both television and in print. Although the silver age version of the character was essentially “Batman from another planet”, the modern age version is a backup personality that Bruce
Some comics portray a muscled, manly, straight, cis superhero swooping in to save the city from bad guys, but semi-recently, as of the '90s and on, LGBTQ+ superheroes have become a topic of immense interest.
Ever since the Human Torch entered the public consciousness in the golden age of comics, we've been fascinated with fire-based characters. Here are 13 from Marvel Comics for your consideration.
Over the last 50 years, Marvel Comics has amassed some pretty powerful villains. However, the term "villain" and "threat" are not necessarily synonymous. Should you see any of these characters within the plot, you should be a little worried for the hero or team.
In the midst of a stagnant and depressed world, heroes like Batman, Robin, and Lao Tzu (Laozi) teach us that true strength comes from within. It is up to us to fix the problems we see in the world. The world is a battleground. If we don't take action, darkness will win.
Just when I thought it was a herculean task to find and comment about five of the lamest Marvel villains, I found something even more difficult - DC Villains. While Marvel has had more than its fair share of lame villains, I really had to check all of my resources to find them.
People start reading comic books and graphic novels for a variety of reasons. The one common denominator I've found is that they rarely begin without someone introducing them to the medium. In recent years, I've taken the role of indoctrinating many people to this fantastic medium.
The Sand Superman was born from the atomic kryptonite explosion that hit Superman which was so powerful that it left an inter-dimensional doorway at the impact site where Superman hit the sand. The doorway was from the Quarrm dimension and an entity traveled through it using the life energy that Superman had. As Quarmers don’t have a general shape it used the impression that Superman left with his body after the explosion to mold around itself.
A character analysis of Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games Trilogy, a tracing of her development as a character, and an analysis of the Girl on Fire.
I have no problem at all envisioning Stan Lee coming up with really bad characters. After all, if he could come up with "Stripperella" for TV, there was no limit to how low he could go. Here's a look at some of Marvel's biggest dud characters.
Get more reviews and favorites on your fanfiction by writing in popular fandoms, shipping fan-favorite characters, exploiting tropes, crafting a catchy summary, and updating regularly to stay at the top of the "Just In" list.
While this article is in no way, shape, or form intended for body shaming, there are characters within the Marvel Universe who are morbidly obese. For them, their size defines them.
The magical world of Harry Potter is as dangerous as it is charming! Here are ten terrifying Harry Potter fantastic beasts that would send even mighty Dumbledore scrambling for his wand.
What if Supergirl and Wonder Woman fought each other? Who would win? Who would lose? How would the fight go?
The Marvel Universe is a vibrant living thing with new characters coming out every day. Today, I want to talk about six of the forgotten women in their cast of characters. Each has a story.
Because I'm a collector, I've found that it is wiser to buy some of the trade paperbacks of comic issues that I've already bought. If you are going to collect, it's good to read the issue once or twice and then board, bag, and box it for safe keeping. As the trade graphic novels don't have as much collector's value, it allows for multiple reads without the concern of damaging the actual book.
Due to the premise of DC’s 52, Earth appears to be the keystone which keeps the DC Multiverse together. So, luckily, we always get a front row seat to the menace du jour. And we speak of menaces and threats to this universe. Some enemies were old favorites and were easy to see. Some required a bit of research and personal recollection and analysis.
This is a guide for those of you looking to get into reading DC comics for the first time, starting with the New 52.
Libertarianism means “I want the liberty to grow rich and you can have the liberty to starve"—according to science fiction master Isaac Asimov’s rebuff of fellow SF master Robert Heinlein’s libertarianism.
The Marvel Universe has an insane amount of characters in it. The fun part about finding obscure villains is that you can rarely swing a dead cat within the MU without hitting one. I can almost guarantee that any crowd scene in the Amazing Spider-man will have at least three villains in their civilian ID's thinking in their head, "There's that wall crawling jerk! Once my plans reach fruition, he will rue the day he ever made an enemy of me and I SHALL RULE THE WORLD!!"
Here are the top 10 best romance manga that will tug all of your heartstrings. Fall in love and experience all the romance you can while reading these tales of love.
This article is an explanation of the Christian imagery in The Chronicles of Narnia. It explores how Aslan is not Jesus Christ but an incarnation in a different world.
Here are ten books in the original Goosebumps series, written by R.L. Stine, that deserve to be called the best of the bunch. Must-read Goosebumps books for a child interested in horror fiction.
If you're planning on hosting a book club gathering for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," here you can find great discussion questions, a tasty recipe, and recommendations for further reading!
If you're looking for manga like "Ana Satsujin" (Peephole) with all the psycho and crazy stuff, then you're in luck because you'll find them here! Feel the thrill and suspense as you read them all!
Why Katniss does not choose. Why Katniss picks Peeta. Why Katniss chooses Peeta. Why Katniss does not choose Gale.
This list curates manga/manhwa like "Tales of Demons and Gods." So, if you like stories involving any of the following; demons, gods, spirits, or reincarnations, then these are for you.
The power your character has (or doesn't have) is a key part of your story that needs to be figured out early because it will shape the past, present, and future of your superhero or supervillain.
With the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" in the summer of 2012, let's take a look at the leading characters and examine why Spider-Man is better than Batman.
Do you like the idea of supreme beings, mythical creatures, and fantasy world mash-ups? Then, you might enjoy reading some other manga that are similar to "Overlord"!
Some of the best horror comic books, manga, and graphic novels like North 40 and Uzumaki send shivers down my spine. They have a gripping plot, excellent artwork, and a compelling and bizarre theme. Here are some of the rarest and best horror comics and manga of all time.
If you're into harem, here are the top 10 stories. Whether you want to laugh, cry, smile, or go crazy, these series are for you!
Follow that unicorn, because Seth Tomko reviews one of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher novels, The Lady of the Lake.
Knowledge is power. Super knowledge is superpower. The Marvel Universe has its share of smarty-pants wearing heroes and villains. Here I list many of the big brains of the MU.
John Ronald Reuel (J.R.R.) Tolkien was an Oxford professor, poet, and author. He is best known for writing “The Hobbit” and the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings.”
The release of the eighth story in the Harry Potter saga divided fans on whether it was a worthy continuation of the series. So what are the strengths and weaknesses of this new adventure?
In the final climax of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the biggest mysteries of magic were explored by Harry and his friends, but one remained ambiguous and obscured.
No one bats a thousand. My point is that for every Spider-man idea there are thirty Speedballs and OMACs littering the landscape. And every once in a while, we see a character that is just plain sad.
This is a comprehensive guide to Stephen King first editions. It includes a full list of indicators for recognizing true first edition Stephen King novels, as well as approximate values.
Some of the most memorable novels fall under the dystopian genre. Find out just what a dystopian fiction is, its history, and some examples.
Despite how much I like the Harry Potter series, it is undeniable that it contains quite a few inconsistencies throughout, with varying degrees of impact to the overall story. Today, I'll point out one plot hole per book that I found worthy of note. Warning: This article contains spoilers.
This is a list of 250 mythical and legendary swords for all your geeking and creative needs. Use them in your video games, RPG campaigns, stories, and artwork, whichever way you see fit!
The use of metals within every universe is important regardless of whether they’re used for good or for evil. The same blacksmith that shoes a horse is usually the same one that makes chainmail.
I think modern sci-fi lags behind classic science fiction in quality—speculative fiction from the Golden Age is the best. Here's my list of the 10 best science fiction short stories ever.
Information about the Renaissance and medieval period, with medieval and Renaissance costume ideas. Photos from Renaissance Faire included!
If you’ve ever wanted to be a superhero, now is your chance! Superhero names are fun to come up with, and there is a superhero name for everyone! Take a look at this list of epic names!
With clever twists, quick suspense, and engrossing tales interwoven in the storyline, The Hazel Wood will make you yearn for answers from grim stories you’ve truly never heard before.
Welcome to my examination of the internal relationships between the Elves of Arada and their motivations.
Selling vintage comic books can be a fun hobby and business, but these items need special care when shipping to preserve their valuable condition. These detailed instructions show you how to package comic books for shipping. Proper packaging will help guarantee happy customers and positive feedback!
The Green Lantern Power Corps Power Ring is one of the most powerful items in the universe. What does the GLC ring do? Here is a list of all of the lantern corps power rings from the entire emotional spectrum. Red lanterns, blue lanterns, orange lanterns and more!
Liking the game-world/other-dimension theme in "Re:Monster"? Then here are ten more manga like "Re:Monster" for you to read and venture into!
Characters like The Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Aquaman, and The Flash had simplistic origins that evolved into more sophisticated backstories. In them, we find a new wrinkle in the way their powers work
So you want to know how to start reading Loki comic books? Here's a chronological guide for comics featuring Thor's adopted brother.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban answers many questions about Harry’s father’s past and reveals the deepest powers true friendship can unlock.
Do you want to roleplay a cat from the "Warriors" book series with your friends, but aren't familiar with the books? Learn how to create and roleplay your very own Clan cat!
Not every Marvel villain is a superstar. While some of them deserve more attention, others are just your average bad guys.
The Walking Dead comic book series was created by Robert Kirkman and ran from 2003 to 2019. The series has become immensely popular, has a huge number of devoted fans and has spawned the equally successful TV series. As a result of its popularity, back issues have become highly collectible, with some attracting very large values. Here is a brief guide to the highlights in the series from a collector's perspective.
Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) was re-branded to "Legends" and considered non-canon in April 2014. Fifteen inconsistencies in the EU/Legends are highlighted in this article.
There weren’t many characters to draw from. I was leery from the start that DC could invent a good Native American character after coming up with embarrassing concepts like ”Pow Wow” Smith. Here is a list of some Native American characters in the DC universe.
The Marvel Universe, while being quite progressive to the plight of the Native American, still has a good amount of ridiculous stereotypes that don't belong in any kind of publication.
Enjoy the delicate and complex mixture of school life, romance, and love as you read and indulge yourself into the manga like "Ao Haru Ride" (Blue Spring Ride).