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

Romance Fail: The Worst Fictional Pairings, and Why They Happen

Romance abounds in fiction — and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances too. But sometimes, it's just a bad idea. We see so many fictional couples that the writers clearly thought were a great idea, but are actually disasters. Here are the main signs that a fictional romance is a terrible, awful, bad… » 2/14/14 12:00pm 2/14/14 12:00pm

Vampire Academy shows how terrible films happen to great filmmakers

Vampire Academy should have been a great film. It's based on an addictively wonderful book by Richelle Mead. It was written and directed by the Waters brothers, who separately directed Mean Girls and wrote Heathers. So why is it such a terrible, inept piece of film-making? And what can we learn from it? » 2/10/14 10:28am 2/10/14 10:28am

8 Hit Movies That Failed to Launch Their Own Genres

Hollywood's always looking for the next big thing. So when a movie does well, you often see a flood of imitators in its wake. How well does this strategy generally work out? Not great. Here are eight huge hit movies that failed to launch successful genres. » 11/25/13 10:31am 11/25/13 10:31am

Which words turn up most in Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter?

Certainly The Hunger Games and Twilight are very different media experiences, but how do the YA series differ in their actual vocabulary and sentence structure? Slate put together a textual analysis of Suzanne Collins and Stephenie Meyer's series, alongside J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. » 11/23/13 10:00am 11/23/13 10:00am

Start your holiday shopping now with the giftsets of This Week’s DVDs

It’s November, and the holiday season has officially begun. If your local stores aren’t blaring Christmas carols yet, then you can still tell by the plethora of high-end collectors DVD and Blu-rays arriving on November 5th. Might as well start going down your shopping list — and maybe adding a few idea for yourself. » 11/04/13 3:20pm 11/04/13 3:20pm

10 Terrible Movies that Had Great Candy Tie-ins

Everybody loves candy, but candymakers still don’t mind hopping on board the marketing machine of a big summer movie. The result: promotional candy tie-ins, which are often unusual flavors, and usually limited edition. Like movies themselves, some of these are good, and some are bad. Here are 10 delicious candies and… » 10/28/13 10:00am 10/28/13 10:00am

The Most Ridiculous Mystical Pregnancies in Fiction

The magic pregnancy is a staple science fiction and fantasy fiction. Whether it's the impending birth of a savior, the coming of some form of Antichrist, or some kind of experiment, speculative fiction has been the home of a lot of ridiculous stories of pregnancy and birth. Here are the most absurd ones. » 10/13/13 10:00am 10/13/13 10:00am

Why does live-action fantasy fail at the movies?

Apart from Harry Potter, Twilight and the Tolkien adaptations, live-action fantasy movies always seem to tank these days. Latest case in point: Mortal Instruments, which underperformed massively, taking in only about $14 million on a $60 million budget. Why are fantasy movies cursed? » 8/26/13 1:33pm 8/26/13 1:33pm

10 Tyrants Who Are a Better Choice Than the Rebels

We never get tired of reading stories about pure-hearted underdogs rebelling against a vast, evil empire. Except when we start to suspect that the rebels are just too dumb and incompetent to let them be in charge. Here are 10 evil tyrants who are actually better rulers than the rebels trying to replace them would be. » 7/30/13 10:08am 7/30/13 10:08am

Breaking Dawn: Part 2 was the big "winner" at last night's Razzie Awards

The night before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out their golden statuettes to honor some of the best films of the year, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation acknowledges some of the worst. This year, the Razzies held a special place in its gall bladder for the final Twilight film, with Breaking … » 2/24/13 8:00am 2/24/13 8:00am

Learn to Be a Better Writer By Reading Fanfiction

These days, it's pretty much accepted that fanfiction writers can become "real" authors. Fifty Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fanfic and is the year's biggest publishing sensation. Former fanfic writer Cassandra Clare is about to have a huge motion picture of her Mortal Engines series. And tons of major authors,… » 1/01/13 12:00pm 1/01/13 12:00pm

After a Nation Rejoices at Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Honest…


Now that Bella has married Edward, become a vampire, had a creepy CG baby and given that baby to a teenage werewolf that wants to have sex with it (...eventually) in this weekend's Breaking Dawn Part Deux, we thought it was important to take a look back at how far we've come since a young, white blob first fell in… » 11/19/12 3:09pm 11/19/12 3:09pm

Breaking Dawn's wolf-filled concept art deserves a better movie

Like so many not so great movies, Breaking Dawn: Part Two actually comes with some pretty cool concept art. Somewhere in these images of a little girl riding a giant wolf, a demon-eyed guy with blond dreadlocks, and people running around with telekinetic and electrical abilities, there's a great movie waiting to be… » 11/18/12 11:00am 11/18/12 11:00am