Lev Grossman Goes Where Other Coming-Of-Age Books Fear To Go: Adulthood

The world is full of magical coming-of-age books... and they generally don't show much of what happens after the age has come. We only glimpse thirtysomething Harry Potter. But in The Magicians Land, Lev Grossman uses his meta-fantasy world to create a thoughtful portrait of what it's like to be a functioning adult. » 8/13/14 7:30am 8/13/14 7:30am

How Can a Movie Series Bounce Back From "Franchise Fatigue"?

X-Men: Days of Future Past didn't just have one of the biggest Memorial Day openings ever. The seventh X-Men movie also had the best opening since X-Men 3 in 2006, nabbing $110 million over four days. Does this mean that "franchise fatigue" is over? Or just that the right movie can overcome it? » 5/27/14 1:09pm 5/27/14 1:09pm

What happens if you gender-swap characters when reading to your kids?

If you switch the genders of characters around while reading to your kids, do they get confused? Or do they just take it for granted that Tolkien was writing The Hobbit about a girl named Bilbo? » 1/06/14 4:34pm 1/06/14 4:34pm

Why does every story have to be an Earth-shattering epic?

Lately, it seems like every story has to be massive, or nobody cares. Every Doctor Who story is about saving the entire universe. The latest Hobbit movie seemed to be trying to be a Lord of the Rings-style saga. Every action movie needs global stakes. Can we talk about our epic epidemic? » 12/24/13 8:00am 12/24/13 8:00am

10 Reasons Why Le Guin's Earthsea Books Can Still Change Your Life

We live in a time of riches, as far as fantasy book series go — tons of sprawling sagas are being told, by authors with a huge diversity of styles. But if you want a life-changing visit to a fantasy world, you can't do any better than Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea. Here are ten reasons Le Guin's fantasy series still… » 11/06/13 10:00am 11/06/13 10:00am

The Search for the King of the Original Narnia

In the twelfth century, a letter started circulating around medieval courts. This letter was from Prester John, the ruler of a utopian Christian nation with utopian societies and perpetual miracles. It was one of the first fantasies about stepping through a special passage to a magical land. » 9/25/13 9:26am 9/25/13 9:26am

Secret door inside this wardrobe leads to a Narnia-themed playroom

Some people's childhoods are simply more magical than others'. For example, where some kids might get an ordinary closet, this nine-year-old got a wardrobe with a secret passageway into Narnia. And there's something magical about a parent who would make that sort of thing happen. » 3/24/12 7:30am 3/24/12 7:30am

Printable dust jackets tell people to bug off while you're in Narnia

Is there anything more annoying than someone interrupting you when you're in the middle of reading a particularly juicy scene? Never be bothered again (unless you want to be) with these printable book covers that tell people you'll get back to them as soon as you're done climbing Mount Doom. » 3/11/12 3:30pm 3/11/12 3:30pm

How to survive your evil boarding school

So you've landed in an evil boarding school. Chances are your parents thought they were doing the right thing: giving you a great education, sending you to the top disciplinarians who will set you on the proper path in life. But there's something wicked going on behind the cute uniforms and impressive alumni list, and… » 1/29/12 9:00am 1/29/12 9:00am

What's the famous science fiction novel you pretend to have read?

Come on, admit it. We all have at least one famous science fiction or fantasy novel that we've never actually read, but we've looked at the Cliff's Notes, or scanned the Wikipedia entry, so we can fake it. Now it's time to come clean — what's the novel you most often pretend to have read? (For me, this is a long list… » 1/19/12 11:20am 1/19/12 11:20am

Lovely Dawn Treader concept art will send you home on a dream ship

Whatever you may think of the Narnia movies, you have to bask in the loveliness of this Voyage of the Dawn Treader concept art. Eustace the Dragon! The sea people! The epic battles! The giant orange sun, which looks like something out of 1970s book cover art. This is the perfect art to end the week with, setting a… » 1/13/12 4:30pm 1/13/12 4:30pm

Why C.S. Lewis Endures

C.S. Lewis told his attorney he needn't bother bequeathing his literary earnings in his will, because "After I've been dead five years, nobody will read anything I've written." Instead, he's become the "Elvis Presley of Christian publishing," says CNN. » 12/20/10 6:40am 12/20/10 6:40am

David Foster Wallace's margin notes on Stephen King's Carrie and C.S.…

David Foster Wallace wrote one of our favorite science fiction-tinged literary novels, Infinite Jest, so his suicide was a huge loss. Now his papers are on display, and you can read some of his scribbled notes on two genre classics. » 10/21/10 9:30am 10/21/10 9:30am

Secrets of Barry Levinson's monster movie. Plus did Angelina Jolie…

Will Alfonso Cuarón be able to make Gravity without an actress of Angelina Jolie's star power? We now know what makes Barry Levinson's Isopod a scifi environmental thriller. Thomas Jane wants in on The Walking Dead. Time to be spoiled! » 9/02/10 6:00am 9/02/10 6:00am

3 new Narnia clips show how the Jesus Lion died for your dragon sins

Three clips from Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader set up the epic fantasy trappings that lure us to fall for each Narnia movie, good or bad. Plus meet the brand new character, ready to be Aslan-healed. » 8/23/10 8:00am 8/23/10 8:00am

Fall movie preview: 10 movies we're sure will rule, and 10 that might…

It's been a mostly underwhelming movie summer. But fear not, moviegoers! There are still 10 movies left in 2010 that look set to rock your worlds, including Monsters, Skyline and Tron. And there are 10 more that, well...could surprise us. » 8/18/10 3:41pm 8/18/10 3:41pm

Return to Narnia with Voyage of The Dawn Treader's first trailer

Check out the first ever trailer for the third installment of the Chronicles of Narnia, Voyage of The Dawn Treader — now with more Jesus Lion. Watch very closely and you'll see the first ever monopod! » 6/17/10 10:00am 6/17/10 10:00am

Back from the Dead: Eleven Scifi Resurrections

The number of times you can say "I thought you were dead!" in science fiction is probably only rivaled by characters in soap operas. In honor of Easter, here are eleven of the best resurrections.
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