Challenging the Literary Canon

After years of being assigned books to read for school, have you ever wondered why the same authors find their way onto every English teacher’s syllabus? I can still remember most of the books I was assigned in high school, throughout my years of Honors and AP English classes. As a freshman, I can recall…

Emerson Alumni: They Went Here?

Anyone who attends Emerson is probably well-accustomed to hearing about the different celebrity alumni that have walked the school’s hallowed halls (although Emerson has changed campus locations numerous times over the years). Yes, Emerson loves to talk about its Emerson Mafia. Of course, an impressive list of alumni is something for the college to be…

Let’s Talk About J.K. Rowling’s “Ilvermorny”

A few weeks ago, the story behind Ilvermorny, the North American Wizarding school within the Harry Potter universe, was released on Pottermore. If you can’t recall any mention of Ilvermorny throughout J.K. Rowling’s 7-book series, don’t worry. You didn’t miss anything. The existence of Ilvermorny is only being announced now to coincide with the next…

All The World’s A Stage

While sitting in the audience of a production of “Twelfth Night” during a particularly hilarious scene, I saw a hand creep into my field of vision. The hand was inviting me to come with it onto the stage and a jolt of fear ran through my body. Though dubious, I ultimately decided to follow its…

In Case You Missed It: The 2015 Boston Book Festival

Most people tend to go through many different choices when they decide what they want to be when they grow up, but I knew I wanted to be a writer from an early age. I’ve always loved interacting with other writers and other people who loved books. Last year, I found a more concrete community…

Dissolving the Friction Around Fan Fiction

I’ve always been inclined to ask people what they’re reading, especially if the book cover looks interesting. So when my friend was reading a book during the summer, I naturally asked her what it was. “It’s called After,” she told me. “It’s One Direction fan fiction that was published.” That was certainly not the answer…

Dear Diary

It’s the ultimate cliché for teenage girls everywhere: the diary. According to most movies and cartoons, every girl has one: the private receptacle for their thoughts, hand-written in purple ink and with I’s dotted with hearts, doomed to be stolen and read by annoying younger siblings for blackmail. In real life, journals aren’t usually this…

The Kids Are All Right: TFIOS, YA Fiction and Literary Snobbery

As someone who reads and writes children’s and YA fiction, I’ve learned to have a sense of humor when I tell people about my taste in literature. When academic programs don’t recognize the validity of what you want to write, and when pop culture in general doesn’t take your targeted demographic seriously (because it’s always…