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Books Without Their Inciting Incidents

Let’s set the facts straight—books don’t exist without an inciting incident. Everything after the inciting incident is the story. Everything before is backstory. It’s the spark that gets the plot rolling. But what would have happened to these characters if nothing had ever changed? Read on to discover the disastrous (and for some, preferable) results.

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Famous Men with Cats Pairings

We hear all the time about the special bond men have with their dogs, but what about men and their cats? With Keanu set to premiere this Friday, we're excited to watch Key and Peele attempt to rescue their pet cat from a local gang. And it seems that in general, men will do almost anything for their feline friends—here are some other famous examples:

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Quirk Corral: Poets, Pokémon, and Pop Vinyls

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A new week calls for a new bunch of the finest bookish, geeky, and crafty links available. This week, take a sneak peek at the Doctor’s new companion and the Power Rangers’ new villain. So sit back, relax, and discover something excellent.

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The 8 Best Tricksters in Literature

The tradition of playing harmless tricks on friends and neighbors goes back hundreds of years, and has been mentioned in literature as far back as 1392 in Chaucer’s ‘Nun’s Priest’s Tale’. Many famous authors have taken their pranking off the page and into real life, as well. Virginia Woolfe participated in the Dreadnought Hoax of 1910, posing with friends as Abyssinian royals. Even the dour Edgar Allen Poe perpetrated a series of scientific hoaxes in the 1840s, including a fictional balloon trip!

From Shakespeare to Harry Potter, here are eight of the best tricksters in literature.

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Friendship Pairings for Game of Thrones Characters

With constantly shifting alliances, the characters in the Game of Thrones series can rarely relax with friends, talk about what’s on their minds, and really bond. Since besties are hard to come by within the world of Westeros, we have some suggestions for non-Westerosi friends they might enjoy spending time with – without the threat of a sour friendship turning into political betrayal, imprisonment or even death!

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Literary Characters Who Could Be on Reality TV

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, some reality TV shows are so well-known that they must tap into some human instinct. Maybe even some literary instinct? Because we know plenty of characters from books who would be great candidates for reality television. Here are a few.

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