My daughter is a voracious reader and has a fantastic English teacher who is keeping her engaged with reading and writing this year. I don't want to discourage her from reading, but I also don't want her reading books that are too adult.
At this point, where hasn’t Twilight gone? Space, that’s where. In this parody, James is taking this franchise to the (animated) extreme. Bella, Edward, Jacob and a few surprise guests are taking thei...
This week, Esquire UK revealed the cover of their September 2014 issue and it is hot thanks to one person: Robert Pattinson. The 28-year-old Brit looks sleek in a simple black suit as he shoots the ca...
A movie is only as good as the actors starring in it. Casting the main role can mean the difference between box office gold, or bust. We looked back at some of the most iconic movie roles that almost went to someone else. Now whether that actor would have been better or worse for the role is something you can decide.
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Vampire style has come along way since Buffy Summer staked leather-clad Amilyn in the movie that spawned all future teen vampire movies, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." While Amilyn (played by Paul Reuben...
Author Stephenie Meyer says that shooting the "Twilight" films based on her books in British Columbia was key to making the movies "beautiful." B.C.'s natural setting helped to evoke the images descri...
In case you are living under a rock, the final instalment of the film version of the Twilight series was released in theatres last week. Am I being overly sensitive about the idea of grown women fantasizing about teenaged boys? Why does our culture have this strange double standard? If 35-year-old fathers were lining up at movie premieres to get their photos taken with Dakota Fanning, we'd scream bloody murder.
Most people go to Greece for beaches, ouzo and temples gleaming in the Mediterranean sun. I went for a vampire. But what I found there led me beyond pop culture images of vampires to a darker part of the human imagination.
In the midst of searching for ancient ruins, an archaeological team from UBC stumbled on a cemetery from the time of the Ottoman empire. The lead researcher wanted an osteologist to study the skeletons -- especially one that might have been accused of being a vampire. There wasn't much question of not going, of course.
With the final instalment of the Twilight franchise hitting cinemas soon, I am reminded that the fabled bad boy may make for good fiction, but seldom does he make a great catch in real life. Don't believe me? Just ask Rihanna. What duty, if any, do authors have to create strong female leads (and males who respect them)?
Vancouver Twi-hards, put on your formal gowns and get ready to scream as the finale of the blockbuster vampire romance series gets its premiere on Canada's West Coast... sort of. Twilight fans in Vanc...
Literary writing is a worthless profession. Few who write novels, stories and poems make a living from them. This has been true for millennia. Lately the Internet has regressed into a society of feudal manors lorded over by tech giants like Amazon, Apple and Yahoo, who sell e-books for 99 cents or give them away for free. Their "competitive pricing" is threatening traditional publishers and physical books with extinction.
Just last month, Lindsay Lohan brought back her red hair -- creating peace with red-head lovers all over again. But this week, we're sad to see most of Lohan's red hair fading. Lohan was seen heading...
The box office record-shattering opening of The Hunger Games this weekend is catapulting a Vancouver-born company, now headquartered in California, into the spotlight as a major player in Hollywood. L...
As The Hunger Games gets released into theatres this weekend, all of the hoopla over the film can make it easy to forget there was ever a book to begin with. But not so for the tweens and teens who go...
Vampire science is already poaching some of the best. The woman who teaches vampires at Harvard is a serious scholar of Romantic English literature. Now, Lord Byron did in fact invoke the undead in "The Giaour." But don't kid yourself: it's still a huge and weird notional leap to go from Byron Studies to Vampire Studies.
In 50/50, Joseph Gordon Levitt plays a young man with 50/50 odds of surviving cancer. He is comforted by his 25-year-old therapist Katie, played by Twilight's Anna Kendrick. WHAT? More like 50/50: the odds of us believing she is a legitimate doctor! No therapist should ever be born in the '80s.
Most of us of a 'certain age' spent our high school days drowning in complicated words from authors like William Shakespeare, Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger. Is that the case these days? Recent surveys...