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and you thought I read a lot into Twilight!

This analysis is completely delicious! If we stop looking for meaning when we acknowledge the superficial Mary Sue story contained in Twilight, we will miss the particular twist that Meyer gives her version: the deeper spiritual transformation and apotheosis aspects, … Continue reading

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contrasting view on Katniss Everdeen

Some are frustrated with how Katniss seems to remain a pawn of others throughout, never making any true decisions of her own, not even the decision of whom to love. Moreover, some would argue, she never really rises above the … Continue reading

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Barbara Nicolosi on “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Barbara Nicolosi, and her blog, Church of the Masses, is one of the reasons why I started the current iteration of this site. Her writings on pointing to God by creating art in pop culture are amazing, and her reviews … Continue reading

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Families of Intent and Becoming Your True Self

As long as I’m on the subject of Twilight again, a short note: I’m surprised that the series hasn’t, so far as I can tell, been more embraced by alternative lifestyle communities. Point One :: In the Cullens, we have … Continue reading

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Bella Swan vs. Katniss Everdeen: agency, strength, and what we value in female protagonists

The Twilight Saga’s Bella Swan has been accused of being a passive protagonist lacking agency. This claim is easily refuted by the text. Stranger, to me, is the fact that the other reigning young, female, YA protagonist, The Hunger Games’ … Continue reading

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Philip Pullman Fails At Being Wicked

I am familiar with Philip Pullman only within the context of his His Dark Materials trilogy, and the interviews that he has given surrounding it. Based on his statements about C.S. Lewis, he seems to be a strange, hateful man. … Continue reading

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