Let's Talk Fanfic: radialarch's "The Fallen Son" and Correlation with the MCU

Let's Talk Fanfic: radialarch's "The Fallen Son" and Correlation with the MCU

A while ago, I read @radialarch’s “The Fallen Son,” an incredible social media AU about an alternate third Captain America movie, which takes place before and after its release. It consists entirely of news articles, film reviews, Tumblr/LiveJournal/Twitter posts, and interviews. Oh, and if that wasn't meta enough, there's even some faux Archive of Our Own entries in there.

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Long Live "Lolita"

Long Live "Lolita"

When people who appreciate literature find out I'm a writer, one of the questions I am most frequently asked (after the obligatory, "Oh, what genre?") is, "What book made you want to be a writer?" The question I am not frequently asked but find myself asking others is, "What book completely and irreparably broke your understanding of the world and screwed you up so badly you were forced to reconsider everything you'd ever known?"

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7 of Netflix's Underground Classics

7 of Netflix's Underground Classics

Netflix can be tricky to navigate sometimes. I joke with my parents constantly about how there are no good movies on Netflix, but the truth is, there are so many good movies, it can be overwhelming. Hopefully you haven't seen many of the ones on this list so you have an ample "to watch" list for the coming weekend.

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Don't Listen to the Critics: 8 Horror Movies on Netflix That Are Actually Worth Your Time

Don't Listen to the Critics: 8 Horror Movies on Netflix That Are Actually Worth Your Time

Any horror buff — and I use that term loosely — knows that if there's one thing film critics hate, it's Netflix-approved modern horror movies. So if you pride yourself on only watching quality entertainment as dictated by the highest of opinions (pretentious attitude definitely intentional), you're going to run out of things to watch pretty quickly if you're not careful.

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A Definitive Ranking of Every Jake Gyllenhaal Movie Through 2015

A Definitive Ranking of Every Jake Gyllenhaal Movie Through 2015

Falling in love with Jake Gyllenhaal was, for me, exactly like you see love portrayed in the movies. Fireworks shot off, choirs sang, and I swooned. Okay, so not literally, but you get the picture. I will admit shamelessly that Jake Gyllenhaal is, without a doubt, one of the most important men in my life. He's a ridiculously dedicated, insanely talented actor—but I as well as anyone can recognize his shortcomings.

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