Television Up North

By Isaac H. A number of people often express frustration that “there is nothing good on anymore.” Scripted, live-action American television has seen something of a decline. Replaced by reality shows, game shows and animated sitcoms. Not  to say there is anything inherently wrong with any of those genres. The lack of live action scripted […]

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As Eaten on TV

by Melleny T. I am a big fan of cookbooks. I’m also a big fan of eating. What I am not a big fan of, though, is cooking. But that doesn’t stop me from happily browsing cookbooks as they come through the library. I especially enjoy unusual cookbooks. (You may recall that I also enjoy […]

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We Used to Be Friends: Books & Shows for Veronica Mars Fans

by Lisa C. A long time ago, I used to be a Veronica Mars fan, but I haven’t thought of her lately at all. Unless you count two weeks ago when season 4 was released early and I immediately binge-watched it in 4 days! Alas, 8 short episodes later and she’s gone again. What’s a […]

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Jane Austen Smackdown

By Kristi S. Prepare yourselves, because I am about to say something that will make bibliophiles everywhere angry: I hate reading Jane Austen. Years ago, I slogged my way through Pride and Prejudice and have not picked up another Austen novel since. I find that I lack the patience to sift through all the minor […]

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A Game of Thrones

By Kristi S. Are you one of the 17.4 million viewers who tuned in to the start of the final season of Game of Thrones on April 14? Are you also one of the 17.4 million viewers who will be devastated and drifting aimlessly when the final episode airs on May 19? I am with […]

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To Be Continued

By Isaac H. There is a saying about the key to masterful storytelling: “Always leave the audience wanting more.” How often have you enjoyed the full run of a television show, anime series or movie and wanted to know, “what happens next?” It’s even more frustrating reaching the end of a story and wondering, “is […]

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On Inspiration and Margaret Atwood

By Kristi S. Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors. I have a vivid memory of finishing the last page of The Handmaid’s Tale and taking that deep breath that comes when you set down a book and you know it will stay with you forever. The next morning, I showed up at the […]

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Your Heroes Might Be Villains

By Isaac H. Have you ever watched or re-watched a movie and thought to yourself “I see why the hero(es) needed to win, but was the villain(s) sort of right”? Alternatively, have you ever noticed that the goals of the hero could be seen as questionable or even villainous?  I’ve had these epiphanies after watching […]

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Just Right Television

by Grant P. As a new season of television premiers kicks off, I am reminded of the insanely popular blogging topic: shows cancelled too soon. Even here at Bilbliofiles, we are guilty. It is fun to imagine what could have been and lament the horrible decisions of studio executives (or whoever is in charge of […]

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Television Spies and Spooks

by Michelle C. There is something incredibly fun and romantic about the notion of spies (although I imagine the reality is a lot less exciting). Unlike with a James Bond film, in television there is so much that can be developed with the spy thriller. Some of my favorite spy shows use humor and absurdity to […]

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