Charlotte Ahlin is a writer, actor, artist, and born-and-bred New Yorker. She recently graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Creative Writing. Now that she’s out in the so-called real world, she’s thrilled to be writing articles for Bustle, working as Associate Artistic Director for Fat Knight Theatre, crafting plays and drawing pictures.

Latest Articles

11 Harry Potter Characters Every Fan Wanted To See More Of In The Books

If you grew up with Harry Potter, chances are that you can name all of the major and minor characters in your sleep. You know your Moaning Myrtles from your Grey Ladies. You love re-reading the books,...
By Charlotte Ahlin

11 Tricks That Will Actually Get You In The "Writing Zone" Without Wasting Time

As the great Dorothy Parker once said, "writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat." If only it were so simple. Every writer knows the struggle of setting aside the time to write, sitting down...
By Charlotte Ahlin

7 Eclipses In Literature To Help You Prepare For The Astrological Event

If you haven't heard by now, North Americans are going to be treated to a complete solar eclipse on August 21st. It's probably going to do funky things to your zodiac sign, and it's definitely dangero...
By Charlotte Ahlin

The Civil War Books That Should Have Been Assigned Reading In School

It's 2017, and General Robert E. Lee is still starting fights. The violent demonstration of white supremacists in Charlottesville centered around protecting a statue of Confederate General Robert E. L...
By Charlotte Ahlin

The Harry Potter Character You Most Relate To, Based On Myers-Briggs Type

Finally, an answer to the burning question that's been keeping you up at night: which Harry Potter character best matches your Myers-Briggs personality type? Do you share personality traits with Harry...
By Charlotte Ahlin

These Literary "Villains" Were Actually The Best Part Of The Book

We might be rooting for our heroes and heroines (at least most of the time), but we wouldn't have great literature without great villains. Where would Harry be without Voldemort? Othello without Iago?...
By Charlotte Ahlin

"Game Of Thrones" Could Contain Some Surprising Clues About The Next Book

It's hard out there for a Song of Ice and Fire fan. Sure, you might watch Game of Thrones season seven. You might even enjoy it, because it's pretty hard to argue with such a large concentration of ho...
By Charlotte Ahlin

10 Books About Global Warming Every Engaged Citizen Should Read

In the months since Donald Trump has become president, more and more people have become inspired to join the Resistance — whether that means volunteering, campaigning, donating, making calls, educatin...
By Charlotte Ahlin

The Best Writing Tip To Get You Motivated, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty inconsistent about my belief in the power of the zodiac. I mean, on the one hand, it's total pseudoscience with no basis in any legitimate school of thought. On ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Here's What Your Fave "Game Of Thrones" House Says About Your Personality

Are you a strong and silent northerner? A fiery dragonlord? An incredibly boring Ironborn? Westeros is home to many great and noble houses, and it's pretty hard to read A Song of Ice and Fire or watch...
By Charlotte Ahlin

If You Love "Game Of Thrones," Read These 11 Fantasy Epics By Women

Why are there so many men in fantasy novels? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love A Song of Ice and Fire as much as the next nerd. I'm all about Targaryens and snow zombies and learning the detailed his...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Why You Need To Read This Incredible Kids Book Before The Movie Comes Out

If you've been living under a proverbial rock, then you may not have heard the news: the Wrinkle in Time movie is actually happening, and it looks pretty spectacular. I know that we've all been burned...
By Charlotte Ahlin

These Books Are Just As Inspiring In Childhood And Adulthood

Saying that something is for "all ages" tends to have a slightly... negative connotation, if you're an adult. Surely, as a grown ass woman, you should exclusively be reading Nora Ephron and nonfiction...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Why Stephen King Hopes The Next "The Dark Tower" Movie Gets An "R" Rating

If you've ever come across a Stephen King novel, you already know that unspeakable darkness can lurk in the most ordinary of places. A hotel hallway. A rose in a vacant lot. The small city of Bangor, ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

This Cut Plot-Line From GoT Books Would Have Changed Everything For Sansa

While fans of HBO's Game of Thrones are rejoicing over the first few episodes of season seven, fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire are still in the middle of a seemingly endless vigil ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

These 10 Books Should Be Mandatory Reading In High School

Mandatory reading isn't always everyone's favorite kind of reading. Everyone has that one book that they remember slogging through in high school English class (and usually that book was The Scarlet L...
By Charlotte Ahlin

These "Winds Of Winter" Theories Will Shock Even The Biggest GoT Fans

Someone recently asked me if I thought that watching season seven of Game of Thrones would spoil the books for me, and I had to laugh. Not only is the show well ahead of the books by now, the two medi...
By Charlotte Ahlin

The Major Differences Between "Game Of Thrones" & "A Song Of Ice And Fire" Fans

Book vs. TV show. It's a tale as old as time (or as old as big budget HBO adaptations, so...not that old). With Game of Thrones headed back to the small screen for season seven, and Winds of Winter co...
By Charlotte Ahlin

13 Easter Eggs You Probably Missed In The "Game Of Thrones" Books

George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire is currently longer than the Bible and all three Lord of the Rings novels put together. And he's only written five out of seven books so far. That's a lot o...
By Charlotte Ahlin

15 Believable Excuses For When You'd Really Rather Just Stay In & Read

It happens to the best of us. We make plans with other living human beings, and we fully intend to be social and "put ourselves out there" and wear uncomfortable shoes, but then... the night arrives, ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Author Activists To Read Over The Next 4 Years

I know, America. I, too, have spent the last week googling "signs of possible world war III." The recent election results have left the majority of Americans devastated, angry, and legitimately afraid...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Bookish Resolutions For A More Feminist 2017

So 2016 was not quite the best year ever for women. Or men. Or sentient lifeforms at large. A lot of us started this past year hoping to break the highest glass ceiling in the country... and now we ha...
By Charlotte Ahlin

11 Tips To Read More In The New Year

The dumpster fire that is 2016 is very nearly over. And, as we all drag ourselves out of the wreckage of this past year, it's once again time to start making New Year's resolutions. Maybe 2017 is the ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Renae De Liz On Her Origin Story For Wonder Woman

It's not easy to tell a good origin story, especially when you're taking on one of the most recognizable superheroes in this universe. But Renae De Liz's The Legend of Wonder Woman is a masterful rete...
By Charlotte Ahlin

14 Holiday Quotes From Your Favorite Books

Is it just me, or do we enter some kind of space-time singularity at the end of November that causes the days to pass by more quickly? It seems like it was just Halloween, but now everyone's walking a...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Political Lessons We Can Learn From Harry Potter

So. Here we are, America. It's been about a month since election day, and a lot of us are still feeling that queasy sort of "is this the end of the republic?" feeling in the pit of our stomachs. Well,...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Holiday Gifts Every Mystery Reader Will Adore

Mystery readers are an elusive sort. They look like you and me, and yet they have a superhuman ability to inhale mystery novels within minutes, and to correctly guess the killer in every episode of Mo...
By Charlotte Ahlin

What To Read If You're Feeling Hopeless

We live in a divisive world right now. It can feel difficult, maybe even impossible, to unite as global citizens over anything. But I do think there's one issue most people can agree on, no matter wha...
By Charlotte Ahlin

8 Poetry Books For People Who Don't Like Poetry

Poetry, like your dad's jokes or your friend's Snapchat story, is an art form that often straddles the line between mesmerizing beauty and cringe-inducing cliché. In fact, some people hate poetry enti...
By Charlotte Ahlin

7 Ways To Make A Political Statement With Books

You know that moment, when you lean too far back in a chair, and you have the crystal clear thought, "Oh no, I am going to fall," but it's too late to do anything about it so you fall out of the chair...
By Charlotte Ahlin

11 Harry Potter Accessories For Adult Fans

Remember reading Harry Potter back when we were kids? Everything was so simple and magical. We felt like we, too, were hanging out in the Gryffindor common room, or playing wizard chess, or fighting t...
By Charlotte Ahlin

10 Books That Inspired Revolution

I'm still holding out some vague hope that this whole election has been one big, collective nightmare, or some kind of elaborate, very expensive practical joke... but it looks like maybe this is happe...
By Charlotte Ahlin

5 Sexist Books, And What To Read Instead

On the one hand, I loved high school English. What could be better for a nerdy, bookish kid than a class devoted to reading and talking about books? I loved the classics. I loved the discussions. I ev...
By Charlotte Ahlin

11 Quotes On Politics From Famous Writers

I know, America. You're sick of politics. I get it. After months of endlessly refreshing FiveThirtyEight every twelve seconds and trying to respond reasonably to your aunt's racist Facebook rants, you...
By Charlotte Ahlin

10 Of The Most Underrated Books Of All Time

It's hard out there for fans of the most underrated books of all time. Sure, everyone loves to complain about some of the overrated classics they were forced to read in school (just remember, if you h...
By Charlotte Ahlin

10 Literary Puns You Can Dress Up As For Halloween

Halloween. The one day a year we have set aside to tolerate puns. The punny Halloween costume is a great way to save you time and effort, and to make all of your friends groan at your superior wit (th...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Wonder Woman Is U.N. Ambassador, Amid Controversy

Today marks Wonder Woman's 75th anniversary, meaning that the Amazon princess has been fighting for justice even longer than the United Nations. And today Diana received one of the most prestigious bi...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Exclusive Preview: Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary!

Can you believe it? Wonder Woman is now 75 years old (she really doesn't look it). That's over seven decades of kicking ass, defending the world, and dealing with male superheroes' whining. DC Comics ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

10 Tools Every Writer Should Own

It doesn't take much equipment to be a writer: a pen, some paper, and a few delusions of grandeur are more than enough to get you started. But let's say that you're a writer who never seems to have th...
By Charlotte Ahlin

10 Must-Have Accessories For Nail Gaiman Superfans

Every since stumbling upon the Sandman comics at the angsty age of fifteen, I've been a devout Neil Gaiman reader. Have I had more nightmares since I started reading Gaiman all those years ago? Yes. B...
By Charlotte Ahlin