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Maddie Rodriguez

Maddie Rodriguez is a freelance writer and communications specialist who earned her MA in English Literature from the University of Victoria by writing about The Age of Innocence and Gossip Girl (yes, really). When not writing, Maddie can be found reading or watching television; she has Too Many Feelings about both activities, and expresses them via expansive hand gestures or ALL CAPS (depending on how far away the conversation's other party is). Maddie and her fellow reader/writer partner live in Ottawa. They share their apartment with an ever-encroaching tower of books and two calamity-prone cats. Life is never dull. Twitter: @MaddieMuses

What Makes a Great Twist?

An excellent twist can make a book...but what makes a twist excellent?

Terrible Literary Wigs I Have Known (and Loved)

Extremely bad wigs from famous literary adaptations. Extremely bad. They are not good.

The Beautiful Blonde Victim and Femme Fatale in The Trespasser

A look at how Tana French subverts sexist tropes about women in THE TRESPASSER.

In 2017 I’m Going To Stop Worrying About My Number

This year, pick up more big books and don't worry about how many you read in a year.

Cats, Classic Christmas Stories, and the Tragedy of Getting What You (Thought) Wanted

On the problem at the center of every good Christmas story.

Anne Brontë, Anger, and the Resonance of Assault in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

On the depiction of sexual assault in Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and its relevance to today's political news.

In Favour of a Seasonal Taxonomy of Authors

The Brontes are definitely for fall. Stephen King is for summer.

A Newbie’s Notes on Audiobooks

One reader's notes on a her first year of listening to audiobooks.

A Case for a “Previously” Section in Book Series

Why each new book in a series should have a "previously" section.

The Parallel Hauntings of “Hotel California” and REBECCA

On the parallels between The Eagles' "Hotel California" and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.

A Cursed Child Midnight Release Diary

A Harry Potter fan gets her first taste of a midnight release party with The Cursed Child

I Read the Natalie Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer Emails and I Have Questions

A beloved novelist and a brilliant actress emailed. We have questions.

Anatomy of a Scene: The Many Endings of Carrie

A look at how three adaptations of Stephen King's CARRIE handle the ending, and why it matters.

Anatomy of a Scene: Darcy’s (first) Proposal

A look at how three adaptations of Pride and Prejudice handle the first proposal scene.

Let’s Talk Spoiler Myths

A breakdown of common myths about spoilers.

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