Julia Rittenberg

Julia is a professional nerd who can be spotted in the wild lounging with books in the park in Brooklyn, NY. She has a BA in International Studies from the University of Chicago and an MA in Media Studies from Pratt Institute. She loves fandom, theater, cheese, and Edith Piaf. Find her on Twitter @Juliaismagic.

10 Anti-Diet Books for the New Year

Fatphobia is rooted in anti-Blackness and fueled by the diet industry. These books can help liberate us from this harmful mindset, including Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body by Jessamyn Stanley.

What Is Literary Character Licensing?

Winnie-the-Pooh, which just entered the public domain, paved the way for modern literary character licensing. Here's what you need to know.

15 of the Best Enemies-to-Lovers Books

Nothing against cozy romances, but I like my romances to have urgency. The best enemies to lovers books serve this need perfectly, including Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi.

Why Are MCU Superhero Movies Sexless?

These actors mold their bodies into the supposed paragon of sexual desirability, and then just… stand there making aggressive eye contact?

15 Books To Spark Love Like THE HEART PRINCIPLE

From YA reads to queer readalikes to books with the same themes, these are our favorite books like The Heart Principle, including Witch Please by Ann Aguirre.

10 Comics About Witches and Other Dark Magical Creatures

Just in time for spooky season, here are 10 comics that will help you fall into a tale with witches and other dark, magical creatures.

A Brief History of Sexy Monsters

From Beauty and the Beast to The Shape of Water to pterodactyl erotica, monster romance has an enduring appeal.

On Not Understanding Christian Allegories in Literature

A reader examines the prevalence of Christian allegory in literature, and the experience of not understanding it.

9 LGBTQ Enemies-to-Lovers Romance Novels You’ll Love Reading

Nothing adds tension to a romance faster than the hate to love trope. Here are some of the best LGBTQ enemies to lovers romances, including Crier’s War by Nina Varela.

A Look Into the History of the Comics Code Authority

Here is a brief history of the Comics Code Authority, what it prevented in comics, and how its legacy can still be felt today.