Count down ten quirks about Harry Potter's Quidditch sport that would make it incredibly troublesome in reality!
The solo Elf in the Fellowship of the Ring is an unusual chap, but not for the reasons you might think. Learn the fascinating story of Legolas of Mirkwood, hidden in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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?
For those few out there who still don't know who Harry Potter is, a brief overview of the Harry Potter Books and universe created by J.K. Rowling.
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!
Though there are hundreds of quotes from the series, I narrowed it down to the top 34 inspirational quotes relevant to people of all groups and ages.
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.
Welcome to my examination of the internal relationships between the Elves of Arada and their motivations.
Taking a minor decision Harry and his friends made prior to the Battle of Hogwarts, let's see how a different choice would have altered the story.
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.
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.
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.
Harry/Hermione or "Harmony" is one of the most popular pairings in Harry Potter fanfiction. This is a list of top ten most memorable H/Hr fics that stuck with me over the years.
If you loved Twilight, the Southern Vampire Mysteries, or Anne Rice's vampire novels, here are five vampire romances you may not have heard of that you'll definitely want to pick up.
An examination of the relationships Katniss maintains throughout "The Hunger Games" trilogy, this article explores her interactions with people in light of whether or not she is a hero in her own right.
The article lists all spells, charms, jinxes, hexes and curses used in the "Harry Potter" series, along with what they do and when they were first used.
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.
Dumbledore always had the best lines. Whenever he spoke, everything made sense! Here are the best, most powerful, and most memorable things Dumbledore said (quotes from all the Harry Potter books).
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.
250 fantasy 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!
In that far-flung time known as the 1990s, no author was getting kids more into reading than R.L. Stine. Many of the "Goosebumps" books remain entertaining today. Here's a list of ten of the best, along with a few that Stine might have wanted to rewrite, if only he'd had the time to do so.
The article explores the first stage of The Hero's Journey, "Departure," as it is depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit."
Harry Potter discovers a book owned by a mysterious Half-Blood Prince, and meetings with Dumbledore will reveal more about Tom Riddle than anyone else knows, including the key to undoing immortality.
Sir Terry Pratchett has written many great Discworld novels, but there's more to his bibliography. Here are some other novels you should check out.
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.
Explore the triumphs and failings of 1996 novel "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire", set between Episodes 5 and 6!
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.
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.
Some of the most memorable novels fall under the dystopian genre. Find out just what a dystopian fiction is, its history, and some examples.
Here's a look at what makes J.R.R Tolkien so popular and why so many love his books. Also included is a closer look at "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings," two books that really made Tolkien the massive name he is today.
An abandoned orphanage on the coast of Wales with a suitcase of odd photographs will disclose what Jacob's grandfather meant about peculiar children, and what happened on September 3rd, 1940.
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!
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.
Despite their simple writing style, many gamebook series contain incredibly rich and detailed worlds. Wouldn’t these masterpieces be great for open world video games?
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.
Follow that unicorn, because Seth Tomko reviews one of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher novels, The Lady of the Lake.
J.K. Rowling’s creative character Harry Potter serves as a wonderful example of the classic mythological hero. The hero story has been portrayed for centuries with early works present in the works of Homer and Hesiod. Harry Potter discovers his magical powers and progresses to save the wizarding world while learning more about himself and the horrors of good versus evil.
The internet is a constant source of entertainment—and parts of it are terrifying. Here is my personal list of the Top 10 scariest creepypastas ever written.
This article examines the top 10 sexiest women of the Star Wars universe. It provides a detailed analysis of each character's personality, attractiveness, and general history.
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.
If there was an annual award for "best professor" at Hogwarts, who would get it? Here are my eight top picks.
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.”
What if an alien invasion is the reason for the political and social unrest we're seeing? Author Stephenie Meyer provides a scenario of possibilities, however remote, that may reveal the current media trend of disinformation.
Have you ever wondered what the Elvish runes mean on the title page of "The Lord of the Rings"? Let's take a look, and I'll translate them for you!
Learn how to play Quidditch from Harry Potter. There is even a version for us muggles to enjoy that doesn't require flying broomsticks to play the game.
H.P. Lovecraft (Howard Philips Lovecraft) was a great author of the Cthulu Mythos who began drawing followers to his works in the 1930s. The phases of his writings took three different perspectives: 1)Undead Horror, 2)The Dream-Cycle...
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.
The dwarves are some of my favorite characters in "Lord of the Rings." Read on to learn about their vibrant culture.
The lore of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is so dense that not even the most die-hard fan can know everything. Here is a list of lesser-known Harry Potter facts that you probably didn't know.
If you want to discover the best Star Wars books but don't know where to start, then this Star Wars book guide is what you need to read first.
A Court of Wings and Ruin is the culmination of the great war that has been building up for the last two novels and the satisfying answer to what the mighty, secret abilities are within ancient beings, including Amren, as well as displaying all the powers that Feyre is truly capable of wielding.
I’m going to write more of the creatures that scare us. Why? Well, because the veils of this living world and the next are thin‚ it gets the blood pumping.
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.
Why Katniss does not choose. Why Katniss picks Peeta. Why Katniss chooses Peeta. Why Katniss does not choose Gale.
The name H.P. Lovecraft is synonymous with all things creepy, weird, and haunting. Discover ten of the writer's not-to-miss stories.
These two brothers are rarely mentioned apart from each other. While "The Silmarillion" contains Elves acting badly, Celegorm and Curufin are perhaps the most infamous. They literally gave their entire clan a bad name on their own, and I think their motivations bear examination.
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.
Not sure where to start? This article covers all the major basics in terms of cosplay for people new to the whole thing.
This article provides a detailed history of the Imperial Royal Guard and their variants throughout the Star Wars universe. It examines the history, training, duties, and weaponry of each Royal Guard variant, and provides a general discussion of their influence on current films and characters.
For those who are into the Harry Potter franchise, there are elaborate fan theories floating around out there. Some are just plain crazy, and others give pause and sound as if they could be possible.
In this article, you'll find advice on how to get involved in Civil War reenactment for women. Learn from the author's experience and you might just find a hobby for life!
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.
Find good sites for reading fanfiction and for publishing your own stories. General, Harry Potter, Twilight, anime, and other categories.
Caranthir is one of the sons of Feanor who gets less attention than his brothers, Maedhros, Celegorm, and Curufin. However I think there's more than meets the eye to him than is given credit for.
Information about the Renaissance and medieval period, with medieval and Renaissance costume ideas. Photos from Renaissance Faire included!
One of the most lingering aspects to me about "The Silmarillion" was the tale of Numenor, an island inhabited by the best of humanity. Its destruction was so severe, so total, that I had to examine the motivation behind it.
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.
Readers will find printable wizard-themed book covers and step-by-step instructions on affixing them to old hardback books to make décor for wizard parties and events, such as a “library collection” for Hogwarts Library.
Oh, the world of cosplay—where fiction, fantasy and sci-fi come to life. Not only is it a fun project for conventions, but it is also a hobby that many take seriously. And some don't take too well to certain comments on their lifestyle. So here is a list of things you should avoid saying!
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.
In this article, you'll learn about the Christian symbolism found in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, as well as characters that can be interpreted as Christ figures—in particular, how Gandalf, Aragorn, and Sam represent different aspects of Jesus Christ.
Does "The Tale of the Three Brothers", told within the last of J.K Rowling's "Harry Potter" books, have an ulterior meaning, and is Dumbledore really “Death” In the form of a wizard?
In this article, I talk about Barry Lyga's "Thanos: Titan Consumed," a non-canonical Marvel story, that, well... has every right to be canonical with the MCU. Let's talk about it.
Sci-Fi authors Orson Scott Card and Bruce Sterling dare American readers to take a fresh look at their ideas about cultural and moral superiority in their futuristic tales.
Are you looking for a last-minute, easy cosplay that will blow everyone away? This is an easy DIY devil costume.
Given the backdrop of race issues in the real world, I never noticed until recently how much of that is indirectly reflected in J.R.R. Tolkien's books and movie adaptions, so I wanted to explore that.