A Beginner's Guide to YA Dystopian Novels

Everyone has their areas of expertise. Some people are great at coding. Some people can sew awesome clothes. Some people juggle geese. Me? I've read a shit-ton of young adult dystopian novels. And since I'm a giver, I thought I'd share some of my knowledge with you. » 3/27/14 8:05pm 3/27/14 8:05pm

Divergent Is A Ridiculously Fun Story Of Social Engineering Gone Mad

At first glance, Divergent sounds like a more contrived version of Hunger Games. In a dark dystopian future, everybody is required to have just one personality trait. Like Smurfs. Or the Seven Dwarfs. But the film version does a good job of revealing how this story is actually about social engineering. Plus, it's… » 3/21/14 9:00am 3/21/14 9:00am

Is The "Young Adult" Boom Dwindling In Books As Well As Movies?

There's a lot riding on Divergent, which comes out this Friday. Studios are hoping it'll show there are still audiences for young-adult films other than Hunger Games, after the dismal performance of several other films. But also, says the Wall Street Journal, there's hope it'll rescue the struggling young-adult book… » 3/17/14 3:46pm 3/17/14 3:46pm

Get ready to fall in love with Veronica Mars all over again

Veronica Mars was a teen sleuth whose superpower was storytelling. She was adroit at making up clever lies and crafting fake identities, but it was always in the service of piecing together the truth — which was another story she constructed. Now she's starring in a big crowd-funded movie, which turns out to be about… » 3/14/14 9:00am 3/14/14 9:00am

What character's very name is a spoiler for Avengers: Age of Ultron?

Lena Headey discusses a huge, scary scene for Cersei in Game of Thrones. Terry Gilliam talks satirical ads and cell phones in Zero Theorem. And is a major villain returning to Doctor Who? Plus, a ton of news from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Check out posters for Transcendence and Transformers 4. Spoilers now! » 3/10/14 6:00am 3/10/14 6:00am

Why did Hunger Games: Mockingjay add a character who's not in the book?

Kevin Feige talks making Cap a "fish out of water" in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Sam Raimi's producing the movie adaptation of The Last of Us. Gareth Edwards explains how Godzilla is a character-centric movie. And there are details about Mira Sorvino's Falling Skies character. Spoilers now! » 3/07/14 6:00am 3/07/14 6:00am

What's Ian McKellen's secret in X-Men? Plus we have a new Constantine!

Producer Gale Anne Hurd reveals something that will last beyond this season into next on The Walking Dead. Check out a Hunger Games set photo and a Game of Thrones behind-the-scenes video — and does a Legend of Korra promo what we think it shows? Plus, new looks at Arrow, Person of Interest, and Being Human! Spoilers… » 2/24/14 6:00am 2/24/14 6:00am

Why We May Never Meet the Skrulls in the Marvel Films. Plus Arrow News!

Are prop-makers in London being locked in for Indiana Jones 5? Find out who played Rocket Raccoon on the Guardians of the Galaxy set. Emma Watson describes the hazardous conditions on the Noah set. And Hugh Jackman talks fighting X-Men: Days of Future Past's Sentinels. Plus casting news from Supernatural: Tribes,… » 2/21/14 6:00am 2/21/14 6:00am

Does a new Walking Dead photo spell disaster for one major character?

The Day of the Triffids and Assassin's Creed movies both get directors. Simon Kinberg explains how Star Wars: Rebels will show the evils of the Empire on a children's show. And Pan gets a Hook! Carrie Fisher wants to resurrect part of Princess Leia's classic look. Check out a new poster for Hunger Games: Mockingjay and … » 1/24/14 6:00am 1/24/14 6:00am

Will Fantastic 4's Reed Richards be played by Jon Snow or Robb Stark?

Does an official toy photo reveal the 12th Doctor's costume? Sacha Baron Cohen's could join the Alice in Wonderland sequel. Ron Howard is still moving ahead with The Dark Tower. Orphan Black's doing something in season two that's causing the cast to lose sleep. And the CW's Flash adds a major hero. Spoilers now! » 1/22/14 6:00am 1/22/14 6:00am

The Can't-Lose Secret to Making Anybody Want to Read Your SF Novel

Over in Locus, there's a must-read essay by God's War author Kameron Hurley, about how to talk to your friends and family who don't "get" science fiction and fantasy books. A big part of it is getting over your urge to dismiss your own books (or favorites by other authors) as "silly." But there's also a crucial secret. » 12/27/13 4:40pm 12/27/13 4:40pm

Guess who's playing a villain in Arrow and Hunger Games: Mockingjay!

Peter Jackson gives details about the filming of The Hobbit's barrel scene. Will James McAvoy be in X-Men: Apocalypse? Samuel L. Jackson may be joining Tarzan. Plus, find out more about the 12 Monkeys TV show, and Lafayette's new boyfriend on True Blood. Spoilers now! » 12/12/13 6:00am 12/12/13 6:00am

What If Katniss Didn't Have to Choose Between Peeta and Gale?

371

NPR's Linda Holmes wrote a great article about the gender dynamics in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and concluded, "…you could argue that Katniss' conflict between Peeta and Gale is effectively a choice between a traditional Movie Girlfriend and a traditional Movie Boyfriend." I do love the way Holmes puts this.… » 12/03/13 7:47pm 12/03/13 7:47pm

The 10 Types of Teen Heroes, Ranked According to Wish-Fulfillment

Everybody loves teenage heroes. Grown-ups and teens alike snarf young-adult novels. Katniss is owning the cineplex. But which kind of teen protagonist offers the most escapist bang for your buck? Here's our survey of the 10 types of teen hero, ranked by pure wish-fulfillment. » 11/29/13 10:18am 11/29/13 10:18am