The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

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It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning. » 9/25/14 1:57pm Thursday 1:57pm

Which words turn up most in Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter?

Certainly The Hunger Games and Twilight are very different media experiences, but how do the YA series differ in their actual vocabulary and sentence structure? Slate put together a textual analysis of Suzanne Collins and Stephenie Meyer's series, alongside J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. » 11/23/13 1:37pm 11/23/13 1:37pm

Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a captivating tale of privilege and PTSD

The second Hunger Games movie builds on the emotional intensity of the first, telling a harrowing story of what happens when you win a deadly game by playing dirty. Catching Fire is the rare film that's better than the original book. Even if you've memorized Suzanne Collins' text, you'll get something new out of it. » 11/22/13 1:57pm 11/22/13 1:57pm

Why The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is a Better Book than Catching Fire

Pretty much everybody loves The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins' masterful dystopian novel. But the two novels that follow are divisive: Some people love Catching Fire, others love Mockingjay. Very few people seem to love both. And for me, personally, Mockingjay is the superior novel. Here's why. » 11/18/13 8:18pm 11/18/13 8:18pm

Oh My God, Stop With the Absurd Hunger Games Merchandising

Rumors are bubbling about a potential Hunger Games amusement park, which would presumably combine all the joy and wonder of a dystopian police state with the thrill of being hunted down and murdered by a pack of desperate, starving child-warriors. And to this I say...really? Could we just not? Maybe not every popular… » 11/08/13 4:28pm 11/08/13 4:28pm

Lady Gaga Abandons Tour, Says She Can't Walk Due to Painful Joint…

Oh, Gaga! Oh no! Our gal Gagz announced via Twitter and Facebook this afternoon that she's postponing the rest of her current tour due to chronic and debilitating synovitis, or inflammation of the joints. She says she's been hiding the pain from her staff, but she just can't cope anymore and will be postponing her… » 2/12/13 8:00pm 2/12/13 8:00pm

Parents Really, Really Want to Ban The Hunger Games Trilogy

In what basically amounts to proof positive that a book is worth reading, The Hunger Games trilogy has cracked the top three on the American Library Association's list of the most frequently challenged books of 2011—which means they're among the books that parents and educators have most often complained about being… » 4/09/12 11:55pm 4/09/12 11:55pm