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Brandon Sanderson’s Kickstarter is blowing people’s minds

He's already raised $16 million—and has nearly a month to go.

On Mar 2, 2022 by Michelle Jaworski

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Why do male elves have short hair in Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ show?

In 'The Rings of Power,' some elves like Elrond have short hair, sparking controversy among LOTR fans. But do elves actually have long hair in Tolkien canon?

On Feb 16, 2022 by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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‘Someone has never been within five feet of a woman’: People mock gamer for questioning peach fuzz on female character

Peach fuzz is perfectly normal.

On Feb 15, 2022 by Michelle Jaworski

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Review: ‘The King’s Daughter,’ the Pierce Brosnan mermaid movie they didn’t want you to see

Delayed for eight years, this puzzling historical fantasy movie stars Pierce Brosnan as King Louis XIV of France.

On Jan 20, 2022 by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Review: Bezos wanted his ‘Game of Thrones’; Amazon Prime’s new fantasy epic ‘The Wheel of Time’ is a worthy challenger

The Tolkein-esque series offers vast worldbuilding, interesting storytelling.

On Nov 19, 2021 by Michelle Jaworski

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Apple TV+’s ‘Foundation’ is a dazzlingly ambitious sci-fi epic

Starring Lee Pace, Jared Harris and Lou Llobell, this high-concept Isaac Asimov adaptation is an acquired taste.

On Sep 24, 2021 by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

A picture of Aabria Iyengar, the Game Master for Misfits and Magic, at the gaming table.

The Black creatives of Dimension 20’s ‘Misfits and Magic’ are redefining inclusivity in tabletop gaming

'We're going to swing big and try to tell the most story we can.'

On Jul 1, 2021 by Anna María

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The inconsistent depiction of racism in Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’

The fantasy series features several characters of color, but only some of them experience racism.

On May 3, 2021 by Angeline Rodriguez

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‘Shadow and Bone’: All hail the Ben Barnes renaissance

A brief history of Ben Barnes fandom, from Prince Caspian to the Darkling.

On Apr 27, 2021 by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ is still good—20 years later

We rewatched the film for its anniversary. Our collective crush on Aragorn remains strong.

On Mar 4, 2021 by Tiffany Kelly, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Anna María, Michelle Jaworski, Audra Schroeder

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Netflix’s ‘Cursed’ recycles Arthurian legend into a coming-of-age YA drama

Katherine Langford is the Lady of the Lake in this glossy-but-unoriginal new Arthurian fantasy drama.

On Jul 17, 2020 by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Bad news: Disney’s ‘Artemis Fowl’ adaptation sucks

This bland and disjointed Disney+ movie bears little resemblance to the novels.

On Jun 12, 2020 by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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JK Rowling announces new children’s book ‘The Ickabog’

She's giving it away for free online.

On May 26, 2020 by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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The emotional series finale of ‘The Magicians’ was just about perfect

The characters move beyond Fillory in this satisfying conclusion.

On Apr 2, 2020 by Tiffany Kelly

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Review: Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ is a dull, confusing disappointment

While the female characters get much better roles than in the game, 'The Witcher' definitely isn't the next 'Game of Thrones.'

On Dec 20, 2019 by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw