Reviews and Blog Posts: Pop Culture

Among the Janeites : a journey through the world of Jane Austen fandom

by Deborah Yaffe

Reviewer Rating:
4

Jane Austen is one of the few authors who can effortlessly straddle high culture and pop culture, and who has inspired an entire industry of books, films, academia, and action figures. Deborah Yaffe writes about this phenomenon in her book Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane...

Beauty queens

by Libba Bray

Reviewer Rating:
4

The teen dream beauty pageant contestants are ready to take the world by storm with their beauty, intellect, and totally amazing sequin gowns. But of course nothing goes as planned and their plane crashes on what they think is a deserted island. The surviving girls at first consider practicing for...

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

 Have you heard about Ernst Cline's Ready Player One?  Filled with tons of 80s pop culture references, it might be worth doing a bit of extra research to keep up.  We can help.

Set in the near future, Ready Player One is the story of Wade Watts, a poor, orphaned kid whose only escape is entering the vast virtual world of OASIS.  In OASIS, Wade's avatar spends endless hours attempting to solve clues and puzzles in order to find the three keys that will unlock the vast inheritance left by the company's founder, Halliday, who created this hunt as his legacy.  In tribute to his 1980s upbringing, Halliday has loaded the game with all sort of cultural icons and trivia.  Wade and&n

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