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Moonrise Kingdom’s Lesson: Tweens are the New Teens… and the New Adults

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Stories about tweens simply aren’t like those about teens or adults or “children”…

Why We Respond to “Chronicle” – Part 1: Anne Frank’s Vlog

A sad and lonely teen who has reasons to be sad if not lonely... where have we heard this story before?

We spy on these characters, we travel alongside them like a second, invisible yet all-seeing head on their shoulders, we peer inside their skulls, and later we say we “identified” with them as if that’s something they would have wanted…

Teens + Superheroes = A Perfect Fit: Our “Chronicle” DVD Giveaway

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As we head into summer, there’s no shortage of superhero films boasting famous characters and big stars, but it’s precisely “Chronicle”’s everyday approach that distinguishes it.

Scrambling Our Brains with Pop Culture: A Sometimes Silly Conversation with Cartoonist and Author Dave Roman

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“I certainly have a lot of fun mashing these tropes and archetypes up. I think my style of writing is akin to putting all my influences into a blender and making a smoothie to enjoy with like-minded individuals.”

Death by Media: The Hunger Games and Teen Authenticity (Part 2)

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“After dinner we watch the replay in the sitting room… And there I am, blushing and confused, made beautiful by Cinna’s hands, desirable by Peeta’s confession, tragic by circumstance, and by all accounts, unforgettable.”

Death by Media: The Hunger Games and Teen Authenticity (Part 1)

A PR Phony Meets an Authentic Teen: Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks, left) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in THE HUNGER GAMES. (Photo credit: Murray Close.)

“There’s this sort of upbeat soundtrack playing under it that makes it twice as awful because, of course, almost everyone on-screen is dead.”