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Those end of year lists…

We’re now in November (at least at time of writing), so the early ruminations on what will feature in my Best of and Worst of 2016 list has begun. There is every chance that I will see something to slot ...

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Sexually charged feminine villainy in SFF

From witches to succubi to super-powered femme fatales, female villains in SFF have long been defined by their sexuality. With skimpy outfits and powers derived from their sexuality or used to enhance their sexual attractiveness, these villainous women seem incapable ...

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The Pattern of Baldness

Among the many baffling decisions taken in the lacklustre X-Men: Apocalypse, the audience was treated to the great revelation about Charles Xavier’s baldness. Rather than his hair simply thinning and receding with time, providing a realistic transition from James McAvoy’s ...

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The fallacies of YA fiction

YA fiction has always bothered me, but not for the reasons you might suspect. Don’t worry, this isn’t about how adults should grow up and read real literature. I’m a YA fan, from The Hunger Games to Paper Towns. You’ll find ...

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