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Shadowhunters, a Series Overview—Into the World of Angels, Demons, and Everything in Between

Feb 03, 2019

“All the legends are true.” This is what Jace Wayland tells Clary Fray, as she and the audience are thrown into the dangerous Shadow World. Airing on FreeForm since January 12, 2016, is Shadowhunters, the latest live-action adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s acclaimed book series Mortal Instruments. While more faithful to the books, it retells the story in a more modern light. Shadowhunters follows redhead Clarissa “Clary” Fray in New York. Clary celebrates her 18th birthday with her childhood best friend, Simon, not knowing a typical fun night at the club would quickly turn into a bloody showdown between Shadowhunters and demons. The young Fray is then forced to choose: her ol......

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Khaled Hosseini: A Voice for Afghanistan

Jan 31, 2019

In times of trouble, chaos, and confusion, art is something that people turn to for escape. However, art has also become a means through which thoughts, opinions, and ideas are discussed. Some authors, such as Khaled Hosseini, tell their own stories in the hopes of making more people understand their struggles. Author Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because of the nature of his father’s work, Hosseini grew up in various parts of the world. Hosseini and his family always thought that they would eventually return to Afghanistan and live there for good. Unfortunately, this was not to be. In 1978, the Saur Revolution occurred, leading them to seek asylum in the United......

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Grammar Chaos: Differentiating Inter- and Intra-

Jan 30, 2019

Affixes enrich our language: they add new layers of meaning to each word they’re attached to. They may seem simple, but they can be just as confusing as whole words, if not more head-scratching. Used properly, these prefixes add distinct nuances to words, but one careless mistake could instantly muddle the whole message. Two common victims of such misuse are the prefixes inter- and intra-, likely because they have the same first three letters and have broad similarities in meaning. Today, we’ll help fix this prefix mess. Both of these prefixes have the purpose of modifying words in terms of their application and range, but they are on entirely different ends of that spectrum. Inte......

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The History of Fiction: How Fiction Came to Be

Jan 29, 2019

Fiction’s been around for a long time, and the number of imaginary worlds in our universe just keeps expanding. But where did it all begin? Who first wrote their daydream down and called it fiction? Funny enough, the history of fiction is linked to the origins of the word history itself. The earliest lead is from way, way back in the 12th century. Back then, books were uncommon. It’s rather questionable why books wouldn’t be popular, but that’s a debate for another day. Now, despite that, there was one household title almost everyone knew: the Bible. The Bible contained parables that were believed to be true. In the old days, any story that anyone told was accepted as fact si......

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Netflix Confirms To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Sequel

Jan 28, 2019

To all the fans of Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, you don’t have to wait long. It has recently been confirmed that the sequel to the Netflix original film is officially happening, with the starring cast reprising their roles. Based on Jenny Han’s YA romance novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows the story of high-schooler Lara Jean, who has to face all her past crushes after her old letters to them somehow get leaked. Throughout the film, we see Lara facing only four out of the five crushes her letters have been sent to, but a surprise scene during the credits shows a dapper young man appearing on the Coveys’ doorstep, bearing flowers and an all-too-famili......

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The White Tiger of Hollywood: A Crazy Rich Asians Film Review

Jan 27, 2019

“These people aren’t just rich, they’re crazy rich.” True to its title, Crazy Rich Asians dazzled Hollywood with its high-class production. This is especially true for Asian Americans and Asians all over the world who have been waiting for decent representation on the big screen (that does not involve being the token quirky Asian in the group). The film gave Asian representation a bombastic entrance on the red carpet. Crazy Rich Asians came through with an average of 95 percent in approval ratings during its first week. The movie charmed viewers right from the very beginning with its crisp visuals and meaningful, clever banter. The sharp contrast between the protagonist, young and......

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The Academic Fictionist: A. S. Byatt

Jan 24, 2019

A. S. Byatt’s stories thread through notable periods in British history and defy expectations with intellectual characters and fantastical elements. Throughout the decades, A. S. Byatt has woven a rich tapestry of fictional works inspired by real-life authors and artists as well as influential literary movements. Antonia Susan Byatt (née Drabble) was born on August 24, 1936, in Sheffield, a city in South Yorkshire, England. Her father was a judge, and her late mother was a Cambridge teacher turned housewife whose domineering personality greatly affected the Drabble children. Byatt is also the elder sister of fellow novelist Margaret Drabble, each of whom, press have reported, harb......

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Grammar Chaos: The Difference between Equity and Equality

Jan 23, 2019

Wishing the world to be fair is a well-known sentiment. Sometimes, people make big speeches about equality to persuade and inspire audiences to help their kin—but they’re actually talking about equity. It’s important to be familiar with the subject to avoid disconnect, so consider this question: is it equity or equality? These two words sound alike, but they have important differences that define their role in the pursuit of social justice and their function in rhetoric. We’re here to break these differences down to make these two loaded words easier to use in our everyday struggle. By definition, equality is “the state of being equal,” meaning that one “regards or affects all obj......

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