#Opinion

What Mainstream Literature Still Needs to Get Right About Muslim Women

A reader on what mainstream literature from non-Muslim voices get wrong when writing Muslim women characters, and how that affects readers.

Why THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB Netflix Series is Even Better Than the Books

I watched the first season of the Babysitters Club Netflix series and think it's even better than the original books. Here are four reasons why!

Giant-Size X-Men #1: Iconic and Racist AF

The X-Men are comicdom's most famous metaphor for race and racism. But are they really? Have they ever been? A reader takes a closer look.

Which Version of THE PLAGUE Is More Relevant to COVID-19?

Camus's THE PLAGUE and Kevin Chong's retelling touch on grimly familiar aspects of a pandemic--here's how each book resonates with our current reality.

When Your Favorite Author Says the Wrong Thing

What do you do as a reader and fan when your favorite author makes problematic and harmful statements? Here are some thoughts from the book world.

The Importance of Pandemic Diaries

It may be that the thought of reading about pandemics sounds like too much too soon, but this reader is here to say pandemic diaries are important.

Parental Fear and Cultural Erasure: The Logic Behind Banning Books

Have you ever wondered what motivates parents to call for book bans? One reader considers the logic behind banning books.

What Do We Want in a Literary Adaptation?

What makes a good adaptation? A reader identifies four different types of adaptation, and compares them using PRIDE & PREJUDICE.

What Charles and Anti-Charles Reveal About Goodreads Homophobia

On the unsettling phenomenon known across the queer bookish community as Goodreads Charles, and what it says about homophobia and Goodreads' rating system.

How a TV Adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE Took Over Ireland’s Airwaves

A reader reflects on the morality-driven backlash against the adaptation of Sally Rooney's NORMAL PEOPLE, as heard on a radio show from Ireland.

On Netflix, Adaptations, and Redheads

After VIRGIN RIVER and SWEET MAGNOLIAS, Netflix could do with adapting some romance properties that don't involve redheads starting afresh in small towns.

Why Publishing Needs to Pay Attention to the Nuances Within the LGBTQ+ Acronym

Why is it that when book publishers and publicists say LGBTQ+ books, they usually mean gay and cisgender? Use LGBTQ+ for books only when it really applies!

Essential Until We’re Not: An Angry Librarian On the Disregard for Library Staff Safety

A library worker on the dangers librarians face as people in positions of power demand they return to work with little concern for library staff safety.

Troubles in Adaptation: The 2013 Adaptation of THE GREAT GATSBY

With class divides growing ever more troubling, a reader considers the failings of THE GREAT GATSBY adaptation's translation of Fitzgerald's commentary.

Amazon Kindle Oasis: The Definitive Guide

How much does it cost? What's battery life like? What happens if I drop it in the bath? Answers to these and more questions in this Kindle Oasis Review.