#Opinion

Queer Characters Don’t Need a Romance to Prove They’re Queer

There can and should be stories about the lives of queer people beyond who they're attracted to and choose to sleep with.

5 Types of Books to Read on Paper

Some literature just can't be digital. Here are five types of books to read on paper!

Why You Need to Read More Black Immigrant Literature

Black immigrant stories are rarely explored. But Black immigrant literature is essential to our understanding of community and humanity.

Give Me a Gay Section, Not Gentrified Bookshelves

How to lose friends and win enemies by making it difficult for queer readers browsing bookstores in search of books about their experiences.

Why The Medieval Girl in the Tower Trope Still Exists in YA Lit

What is it about the girl in the tower trope that has kept it in use since the Medieval era? Consider its function and persistence in YA.

David Walliams: Classist Fatshaming or Deflating the Pompous?

A reader explores the ethical lines sometimes crossed in humor in light of recent criticism of children's book author David Walliams.

BEYOND MAGENTA: When Gatekeeping Becomes Censorship

A reader considers how books from the margins are recategorized and how moral gatekeeping restricts access to those stories.

Get With It, Man! A Quick-ish History of How Superheroes Relearned to Be Relevant

Taking a critical look at Bronze Age comics that took on issues such as civil and indigenous rights, feminism, and more. Prep your side eye.

I Haven’t Read X Book. Am I a Reader?

Am I a reader? When talking about books, people expect you to read classics for you be a serious reader. But what if you don't?

DC Comics Still Has a Gender Problem

A critical look at the disparity in hiring women creators, excluding women, and mishandling allegations of sexual misconduct at DC Comics.

Unable to Turn Away: Exploring Inescapable Experiences of Horror

On the inescapable experiences encountered while reading horror novels, and one book that solidified the way these books can stay with us.

A Critical Appreciation of Jane Austen

A Jane Austen fan takes a look at some of the radical elements of the author's stories as well as her societal critiques.

Why Taylor Swift Needs to Read Diverse Books

With her history of racial insensitivity and an embarrassingly white personal reading list, it’s time for Taylor Swift to read diverse books.

The Suffocating Homogeneity of Bestselling Children’s Books

Hey you: drop that copy of GOODNIGHT MOON. Go forth, and discover new children's books!

New Adult, Young Adult? What’s the difference?

A reader considers the differences between Young Adult and New Adult books, and takes a look at some titles that might fall under NA.