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Over the summer, Slate magazine’s Ruth Graham ruffled some feathers by attacking the great guilty pleasure that is Young Adult Literature. The main thrust of the article involved Graham waggling her shame finger at the number of grown-ups who seemed to be stuck in Neverland — refusing to read “proper” novels in favor of the latest John Green tearfest or a dystopian sexy teen death duel.


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You Should Be Watching: Happy Valley


Happy Valley was released in August as a “Netflix Original,” but you likely didn’t notice. Unlike Netflix’s other babies, House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, there really wasn’t much promotion for it. That’s because it’s technically not a Netflix original show — they just got North American distribution rights, but  it originally premiered on BBC1 back in April.

All of this is just to say…

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Ernie Hudson Loves Females, Just Not As Ghostbusters

I have a theory that you can spot a sexist pretty quickly when they refer to women as “females.” Beyond the word making it sound like you’re describing the grooming patterns of animals, it’s also usually a term followed by a sexist statement (which, come to think of it, is probably the bigger give-away).

On that note, let’s have a look at a statement made from former Ghostbuster and current…

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Channel 4 Will No Longer Be Looking for Jessica Hyde

Utopia … look away now.

Some sad but not surprising news today: Channel 4 has decided not to renew the primary color extravaganza that was Utopia. The show got dismal ratings throughout its run even though it enjoyed a cult following online and was mostly well-reviewed. And while I recommendedthat you tune in for the second series a few months ago, I kept somewhat quiet once it actually premiered because… apart from a…

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CW’s The Flash: I Am Beyond Bored of the Generic White Male Lead


The CW is undeniably good at pumping out a formulaic show with a lot of fake personality that’s embarrassingly easy to binge-watch. I’m not proud of this, but I can admit that I watched both seasons of Arrow in the space of about two weeks. The sort of low-stakes yet constant peril makes it hard to keep from going, “Well, maybe just one more…”

In any event, it seemed only right that I give Arrow

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The Sexist DC T-Shirt Debate; Or, Why Are We Still Dealing With This Shit?


A few days ago, some eagle-eyed fans at a Long Beach Comic Con spotted an official DC t-shirt featuring Superman bending Wonder Woman over with the caption: Score! Superman does it again! Around the same time, another DC-approved shirt (pictured above) was seen online encouraging women to reach for the brassiest rings — not so much advising that they could do something with their own lives, but…

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Doctor Who’s Deep Breath: Pros and Cons


Given that just the other day I argued that we needed to wait and see before passing any real judgment on Capaldi’s brand-new Doctor, I’m going to dig deep and try to find nice things to say about yesterday’s premiere episode instead of just ranting on ad nauseam.

And the only real way I can think to do that is by making sure to weigh down every positive with a negative. Hence, pros and cons.


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Will Peter Capaldi Save Doctor Who?


Surely a new Doctor’s first episode is always met with a strange mixture of hope, resentment and apprehension because part of what’s kept Doctor Whoon the air for so long (apart from that little decade-and-a-half-long break) is the fact that a new actor always brings a new set of possibilities to the role. And as much as you may love the outgoing Doctor, you’re always a little curious and…

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Black Mirror Is Going to Have a Christmas Special Because of Course It Will

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Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s very weird, very wonderful Twitter Twilight Zone, will be back on BBC4 Christmas day. And if you were worried that the show might lose its gloomy viciousness, fear not: Brooker said he’s looking to make it a cross between the traditional “ghost story at Christmas” and the Amicus’ compendium horror movies of the 70s.

If you aren’t familiar with Amicus Productions,…

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Why Aren’t We Talking about JK Rowling’s Writing?


Remember when this site was about books? Those were the days. Remember my New York Times project? We shared some laughs. Book laughs.

Then I sold out for the bright lights of TV and film and the dozens — literally dozens — of readers clamoring for more unnecessarily vicious book reviews were left out in the cold.

As with so much of my life, my shallow descent into glitzy news coverage mirrors JK…

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