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I’m excited to share that I contributed a chapter to the book The Gothic Tradition in Supernatural: Essays on the Television Series, edited by the brilliant professor Melissa Edmundson and published by McFarland. Hands down, my favorite part of Supernatural is Charlie Bradbury, so I wrote about her awesomeness and Gothic heroism. It’s easily the best thing I’ve ever written (thanks to some amazing editors), and I can’t tell you how much fun I had on the project. I even worked a swear word into my title, because I’m a professional!

Take a look:

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If you’re interested in Supernatural, badass female characters, or Gothic themes, the book is available on Amazon, and the Kindle edition is a pretty good deal. If you’re not into any of those things, it’s cool. We can still be friends.

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I know I’m behind the times, but I just got around to Ready Player One and really enjoyed it. If you’re a fan of post-apocalyptic novels involving virtual reality and ’80s references galore, then I highly recommend it. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite quotes form the book:

You’re probably wondering what’s going to happen to you. That’s easy. The same thing is going to happen to you that has happened to every other human being who has ever lived. You’re going to die.

Maybe it isn’t a good idea to tell a newly arrived human being that he’s been born into a world of chaos, pain, and poverty just in time to watch everything fall to pieces.

People who live in glass houses should shut the fuck up.

Looking around, I wondered why Halliday, who always claimed to have had a miserable childhood, had later become so nostalgic for it.

It was almost 8 o’clock. Time to make the donuts.

No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful.

I’m a little sad I’ve finished it because it was such a fun ride. Any recommendations for what I should read next?

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A while ago, I mentioned that I had the incredible opportunity to contribute to the book Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television, and it’s easily my biggest accomplishment of 2014. I’m astounded to hold my hard work in my hands (I mean, look at that pretty cover!), but most of all, I’m honored and humbled to have my name alongside several rockstar academics, such as Pauline Greenhill, Jill Rudy, and Cristina Bacchilega.

If you’re interested in fairy tales, television, folklore, or cultural studies, you can now buy Channeling Wonder on Amazon or for a limited time, you’ll get 40% off when you order through Wayne State University Press with promo code HS14. Happy Reading!

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Good news! It has been a year in the making, but I’m excited to announce my first publication in an actual book, with pages you can smell and everything! I co-authored a chapter  in Channeling Wonder, an upcoming academic work that explores television adaptations of fairy tales. My chapter, “Merlin as Initiation Tale: A Contemporary Fairy-Tale Manual for Adolescent Relationships,” is the culmination of many nights spent burning the midnight oil after getting home from my day job. Now that there’s an actual cover, it finally feels real. I’m honored to be in the company of so many distinguished academics, including Pauline Greenhill, Jill Rudy, and Cristina Bacchilega. For those of you who enjoy analyzing your favorite movies and TV shows to death (like me), look for the book in October! You can find more info here.

In Book Talk, I recap what I’ve read lately and what I’d recommend to whom. I’m always looking for new books, so I’d love suggestions for what I should read next!

For anyone:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I’m not gonna lie. I’m one of those people who saw the trailer for the upcoming film and thought “Oh no! I’ve gotta read the book before the movie comes out!” But then of course I refused to buy the movie book cover. It’s a book I’d always intented to read but had never gotten around to, and I’m glad I finally did. This book reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye, but with a more innocent narrator. It had some parts that made me feel more alive, and it had other parts that made me deeply sad. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while. It’s not just for angsty teenagers.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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