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Five Fictional Characters We'd Love To Have As Best Friends

Louise Verity | Posted 10.24.2016 | Home
Louise Verity

Imagine for a moment that the characters from your favourite books are real people, that they're your friends. You're able to invite them round your h...

Tattoo Artist's Disney-Inspired Ink Is Right Out Of A Storybook

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.05.2016 | Good News

These tats are so magical, Mickey Mouse would probably approve of them. Poppy Segger, a tattoo artist from Norwich, England, is such a fan of Disney ...

Why Coffee Mugs Are More Than Just Cups

Gabrielle Pfeiffer | Posted 09.30.2016 | Parents
Gabrielle Pfeiffer

When I was growing up, I avoided mugs at all costs. Most of the mugs were at my grandparents' houses, and they had (what I thought was) boring scenery, "World's Greatest Grandma," and business names plastered on them. I would wonder why anyone would want to drink out of a short, bulky cup like that. Then I grew up.

Ava DuVernay Explains What Makes Her New TV Show So 'Radical'

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 09.06.2016 | OWN

At its core, “Queen Sugar,” the new series debuting this week from creator Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, is about a familiar ...

Are You The Rooftop Bar Friend?

The Huffington Post | John Trowbridge | Posted 04.20.2016 | Comedy

Now that it's warm and people stop looking like this, it's time to go outside! That means drinking and a visit from the Rooftop Bar Friend. The friend...

Can Television Fandoms Change the Fates of Gay Characters?

Marisa Bruch | Posted 04.04.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Marisa Bruch

Since the start of 2016, ten lesbian or bisexual females have been killed off of their respective shows, adding to the 'pile' of 147 other queer women...

If the Character Is an A-Hole, Is the Author One Also?

Phil Fragasso | Posted 02.02.2017 | Home
Phil Fragasso

The thing is I'm okay with all of this as long as readers don't feel the same about me. That's where it gets complicated. Is Millay's "public eye" viewing me with my pants actually down or only imagining my pants being down?

The 'Jane The Virgin' Cast Dishes On Season 2

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 10.08.2015 | Latino Voices

The first season of "Jane The Virgin" ended with many unsettling questions. Why did Sin Rostro kidnap Jane and Rafael's newborn baby, Mateo? What is P...

How to Love the One You're With (Even If It's a Manuscript): 4 Tips That Really Work

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.23.2016 | Home
Holly Robinson

For the last three books, whenever I've been brought to my knees by the process of pushing word boulders uphill, I start the book somewhere new -- generally around fifty pages deeper in, maybe Chapter 3 or Chapter 4. And then, like magic, things start to come together.

Why Travel is the Greatest Love Story Ever Told!

College Tourist | Posted 08.28.2016 | Travel
College Tourist

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Like love, travel has its fair share of challenges -- challenges that help you learn to overcome fear, to find yourself, and to grow. Not to mention, challenges that make for epic stories down the road.

Gay, Straight, or Lesbian - Is It Really A Choice?

LGBT News | Posted 06.05.2016 | Queer Voices
LGBT News

It is in the literary world, and an important one. There is an ongoing dilemma in the writing world--Should writers write what they feel passionate about or write for the masses? Since first considering crossing genres from contemporary romance into LGBT romance, I learned that this question is driven by much more than sales.

How to Discover and Create Original Characters for Animation and Games

Kate McClanaghan | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts
Kate McClanaghan

Certainly not every voice talent is required to offer flawless dialects, or extreme departures from themselves -- as so many as actors and audience alike might assume. Nope. The truth is you being you is a bulk of what's required of you and your voice-over work.

Disney Characters Puts the Fun in Fundraising at Annual CHOC 'Walk in the Park' Event

Jim Hill | Posted 12.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It's the fundraiser that Disney fans happily and willingly get out of bed at 3 a.m. to take part in. The one that people actually schedule their Southern California vacations around, with some participants flying in from as far away as Texas, Illinois and Connecticut.

In Character: The Wizards Who Gave Us Power, with Eric Brach

Jarod Cerf | Posted 11.19.2014 | Home
Jarod Cerf

Continuous articles in text are fine, sure. But do you ever wonder what the folks who author books sound like, in person? Before the editorial reviews? I'll give you a hint: They're all characters, too.

Artists Band Together to Celebrate Beloved Magical Girl Characters

Simone Collins | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Simone Collins

As an ode to magical girl characters the world round, Toronto-based animator and comic artist MK Harris organized an artistic collaboration (aka collab) encouraging fellow artists to choose a magical girl character and illustrate the character in their own style.

When Characters Talk, Writers Listen

Karen Dionne | Posted 05.19.2014 | Home
Karen Dionne

My first two novels began with a plot. A solar energy company melting Antarctic icebergs into drinking water. A Nobel-winning scientist who wants to c...

Adult? Young Adult? Just Write

Jonathan Curelop | Posted 05.05.2014 | Home
Jonathan Curelop

You need to break down those internal editors in order to discover and connect with that kernel of truth that will ultimately define your characters and, therefore, your books.

Character Is Destiny

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.15.2014 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

People often talk about a novel being plot-driven or character-driven. For me, that can be an artificial distinction. For my taste, the best novels -- those that capture me and make me feel sorry the read is coming to an end -- are those driven by both.

Why Seamus Finnigan Is SERIOUSLY Underrated

Morgan Hegarty | Posted 03.07.2014 | Teen
Morgan Hegarty

At some point we have fallen in love with the main character of a book or film. And while we fawn over these characters and paste them on our walls, we forget some of the most priceless characters of the films, the ones we really should be crushing on. The secondary characters.

Fictional Characters We'd Most Like to Meet

Dave Astor | Posted 11.26.2013 | Home
Dave Astor

Some of the best novels have very believable protagonists, so it almost seems sort of/kind of possible to meet them. One of the pleasures of reading is immersing ourselves in a fictional world to the point where we can imagine being part of that world -- at least as a fly-on-the-wall.

27 Females Kicking Ass On TV (PHOTOS)

Posted 10.18.2013 | Crime

Nancy Reagan once said a woman is like a tea bag — that you can never tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. When it comes to lad...

Debra Winger Howard: New York, June 2009

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

Today we meet in person for the first time in six years, on a bench by the Hudson River in Harlem. She brings sandwiches and coffee and we catch up, as the river flows. Her older son, the one I photographed, is now a college grad, and an up and coming independent filmmaker.

Should You Trash Your Novel?

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.10.2013 | Home
Holly Robinson

How do you know if your book is good enough to publish? That's probably the most unanswerable question in the universe, right up there with, "Why do ...

40 Fearless Film Heroes of the Last Decade

Posted 10.18.2013 | Entertainment

In Columbia Pictures’ upcoming sci-fi epic After Earth, a crash-landing leaves teenager Kitai (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Sm...

Tales From The Autism Spectrum: My Friend AmberDawn...

David Trumble | Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts
David Trumble

The power of art and creativity to illuminate the world for others is not simply a cultural benefit, but also a deeply important tool to help the authors themselves navigate their way through their own emotions, experiences and journeys.