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Surprising Questions An Author Gets Asked

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 10.14.2016 | Home
Eva Lesko Natiello

As an author, I love talking to readers. Whether that's at book club discussions, or through my website or Goodreads, I get a lot of wonderful feedback and tons of great questions.

How to Kill Your Characters Without Bloodshed

LJ Charleston | Posted 06.22.2016 | Home
LJ Charleston

Stuck for ways to get rid of characters that are contributing nothing to your plot? You want to kill them, but you're squeamish. Or perhaps you're just not very good at writing about bloodshed. Perhaps these will work for you.

13 Absolutely Terrifying Serial Killers From Fiction

Sergey Kuznetsov | Posted 11.25.2014 | Home
Sergey Kuznetsov

When I wrote Butterfly Skin (Titan Books, $14.95), a violent novel about a serial killer, his crimes and his love, readers and journalists asked me ab...

The Worst Onscreen Portrayals Of Famous Book Characters

The Huffington Post | Leigh Blickley | Posted 08.07.2014 | Entertainment

Avid readers know what it's like to discover their favorite book is going to be made into a movie or television show. Utter excitement followed by utt...

11 Unlikable Classic Book Characters We Love To Hate

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.30.2014 | Home

Though most readers have fond memories of yearning to be “real-life friends” with lovable fictional characters, from Anne of Green Gables to Harry...

17 Plucky Orphans From Literature

Patry Francis | Posted 07.08.2014 | Home
Patry Francis

From fairy tales and comic books, to classic and contemporary novels, the orphan's journey is a compelling and recurring theme in literature. Why are we drawn to them? What do they have to teach us? And what does our endless fascination with them reveal about us?

7 Scrappy Heroines From Children's Literature

Megan Jean Sovern | Posted 07.06.2014 | Home
Megan Jean Sovern

Here's a list of my very favorite childhood leading ladies. They offer lessons in perspective. They encourage curiosity and scrappiness in equal measure. And they remind us that even the biggest challenges can be overcome with gumption.

Claire Fallon

21 Crushworthy Female Book Characters | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.01.2014 | Home

As we’ve already established, there are some highly desirable gentleman populating the pages of our favorite books. But women and men who love men a...

Zoë Triska

17 Book Characters Who Are Total Heartbreakers | Zoë Triska | Posted 11.18.2013 | Home

There's nothing quite like the feeling of having your heart metaphorically ripped out of your chest. Whether it be unrequited love or a messy breakup,...

Great Male Protagonists We Wouldn't Want to Be Friends With

Claire Fallon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Claire Fallon

2013-10-04-ScreenShot20131004at6.13.45PM.pngMany male protagonists seem palatable enough at first glance -- unless we hold them to the more exacting friendship standard.

9 Most Sympathetic Villains In Books

Posted 09.11.2013 | Home

Most villains are the type readers love to hate, but a rare few inspire actual compassion. Some have been treated like garbage their whole lives, othe...

10 Book Characters Who Will Be Your BFF From Page 1

| Posted 05.01.2013 | Home

Originally posted on Kirkus: Okay, so we exaggerated a little bit—the characters in these 10 stories aren’t exactly going to be your best frien...

WATCH: How Author Ayana Mathis Creates Characters With Soul

OWN | Posted 02.02.2013 | OWN

Oprah says that while she was reading the latest Oprah's Book Club book, "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie," she found herself waking up in the middle of t...

An Ode to Older Characters in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 01.14.2013 | Home
Dave Astor

There's something to be said for older characters. How were their personalities shaped by easy or difficult childhoods? Did they succeed or fail as adults? Did they learn some lessons?

10 Famous Book Characters and Their Real-Life Inspirations

Posted 11.15.2011 | Home

From Flavorwire We all know truth is stranger than fiction, and some things (and people) are just too good to have been made up. We’ve already sh...

What Book Character Would You Love To Be Best Friends With?

Posted 08.02.2011 | Home

This week, we asked Huffington Post readers to let us know what book characters they would love to be best friends with. While we received some respon...

Unlikable Characters In Books

The Millions | Emily St. John Mandel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Marcy Dermansky's Bad Marie is one of those books that came to my attention through the chatter of the booksellers with Twitter accounts who make my l...

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah: 8 Favorite Fictional Jewish Characters In Books (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

To help ring in Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish New Year -- we've reflected on the Jewish literary canon. From Philip Roth to Michael Chabon, some of the ...

Top 10 Anti-heroes: The Worst-Behaved In Literature

The Guardian | Francesca Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"I have always loved books about rebels and non-conformists, people who swagger through life with a fierce edge and a stubborn refusal to behave thems...