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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 | Books
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 | Books
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 | Books
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 | Books
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 | Books
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.

One of the Hazards of Falling in Love With Your Characters

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 06.09.2012 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

The problem arose when I became more familiar with the Romanovs and the extent of their anti-Semitism. I faced a dilemma. Here was I, a Jewish writer, who had developed deep compassion and even love for my charges.

SF Ballet's Onegin: Intensely Dramatic With 'Devilish' Choreography!

Katita Waldo | Posted 01.25.2012 | San Francisco
Katita Waldo

Choreographically, the ballet is devilish and the partnering is unbelievably hard! The biggest challenge though, is to master the choreography while transcending the difficulty of the steps to tell the story.

Angry, Smelly Elmo Harassing Midtown Tourists

Jonah Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Evil Elmo is back. In 2009 The Daily News reported on an imposter Elmo (if there is such a thing as a "real" Elmo) who was seen in Times Square aggr...

5 Authors More Badass Than The Badass Character They Created

Cracked.com | Rohan Ramakrishnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

if you look at the authors behind some of the most iconic heroes of all time, you find a writer who's every bit as badass. Not only did these guys ins...

Our 17 Favorite TV Oddballs Of All Time (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 09.09.2013 | Comedy

In every great comedy series there's that one crude, crazy, or curious character who stands out: The Oddball. From Andy Kaufman on "Taxi" to Abed in t...

10 Life Lessons From Cartoon Characters

beliefnet.com | PAUL ASAY | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Smash! Blam! Kablooie! For some of us of a certain age, those were the soul-soothing sounds of Saturday mornings. We'd snuggle up in our footie PJs a...