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Kit Steinkellner

Kit Steinkellner is a playwright, screenwriter, and creative writing teacher. She also writes about books and reading  at Books Are My Boyfriends. Follow her onTwitter: @BooksAreMyBFs

Why the ELEANOR & PARK Movie is So Important

I am so excited for the Eleanor & Park movie. I’m not just excited to see it (I ate the ...

Uncollected Thoughts on the DIVERGENT Movie

I have SO MANY THOUGHTS. They’re mostly about Shailene Woodley’s ponytail, but they’re also about the casting, book-to-film-adaptation, production design, ...

Grading MFA VS. NYC, Essay by Essay

[buyandread isbn=”0865478139″ linkshare=”http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/mfa-vs-nyc”] When I first heard about MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction, I thought to ...

Problems With the Likable/Unlikable Characters Debate

Roxane Gay is pro-unlikable characters. As is Claire Messud, as is Meg Wolitzer.  Jennifer Weiner is pro-likable characters. So many, many people ...

Seducing Your Writing Students Is Not in the Job Description

I recently read Carla Blumenkranz’s “Seduce the Whole World: Gordon Lish’s Workshop,” an essay that appeared in The New Yorker and ...

I Can’t Deal With Sociopaths in Nonfiction

At the tail end of last year, I read Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence ...

The Ten Year Itch: Rereading Books After A Decade

[buyandread isbn=”0385340893″ linkshare=””] [buyandread isbn=”0061565318″ linkshare=””] I get really nervous about revisiting media I consumed as a child and as ...

Grading B.J. Novak’s ONE MORE THING, Story by Story

[buyandread isbn=”0385351836″ linkshare=”http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/one-more-thing”] Every once in a while I grade a collection of essays or stories on Book Riot, essay ...

J.K. Rowling Can Do Whatever the F— She Wants

Here’s the thing about writing a response piece. You don’t want the opinion your response is directed toward to be ...

All the Surprises (Both Good and Bad) From This Year’s VIDA Count

I look forward to The VIDA Count every year, which basically boils down to a series of pie charts that ...

A Wishlist for the Veronica Mars Novel

You guys, I was already REALLY REALLY REALLY excited about the Veronica Mars movie coming out. Big fan of the ...

Is Hannah Horvath a Believable Young Writer?

I know, I know, I know, I KNOW I just WROTE about Girls for Book Riot, like, yesterday (okay, not ...

“Did Jane Austen Ever Have Sex Dreams About Her Characters?” and Other UnGoogleable Book Questions

Sometimes, late at night, when the world is sleeping and I am NOT SLEEPING, I look up at my ceiling ...

The Amazon Warehouse Problem

One of my favorite podcasts, Radiolab, did a great piece recently entitled “Brown Box,”  in which reporter Mac McClelland “travels into ...

Bookish Traditions I Made Up For My Wedding

I got married this past summer, and I felt like I lucked out hard in the wedding traditions department because, ...

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