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

The Best Literary Competitions For Young Writers

We all know that being a writer is a glamorous and well-paid job (just kidding, it's not). But even the most successful authors were once pretentious young people trying to break into the literary sce...
By Charlotte Ahlin

You Probably Missed These Harry Potter Details As A Kid

If you grew up anywhere near the 1990s, chances are good that you grew up reading the Harry Potter books. And then re-reading the Harry Potter books. And then dialing up the internet to read this new ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

What Happened When My Dad Read Harry Potter For The First Time

For most children of the '90s, Harry Potter was inescapable. I remember one particular birthday party of mine that was utterly ruined when a speed-reading friend spoiled Sirius Black's death for anoth...
By Charlotte Ahlin

These Books Will Shape The Way You Think About Relationships

It's strange, when you stop to think about just how many of our ideas about "relationships" come from literature. People can rag on Romeo and Juliet all they want, but at the end of the day, we all lo...
By Charlotte Ahlin

11 Ways Being A Reader Is Super Useful For Your Career

We as a society are very inconsistent with how we feel about reading. On the one hand, we love reading! We encourage kids to read! Just not at the table. And not during class. And not if the book has ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Books You Didn't Realize Were Translations

Translators are the invisible heroes of the literary world. Usually, we don't think too hard about how books go from one language to another. I mean, sure, you know that Homer didn't write The Odyssey...
By Charlotte Ahlin

7 Nonfiction Books Too Creepy To Be True

Here are two words that I feel strongly should never go together: “horror” and “nonfiction.” Look, I have enough trouble getting through creepy novels that are based on true events, but straight up no...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Loved The Wonder Woman Movie? Read These Comics Next

If you've been a part of human society for the last couple of weeks, you've probably heard about a little movie called Wonder Woman. After 75 long years we finally have a Wonder Woman movie, and it wa...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Love Sci-Fi? You'll Love These Books About Robots

So, robots, man. They've already started to make the leap from sci-fi trope to actual reality. I know that we have enough to deal with in this current political climate without worrying about the fact...
By Charlotte Ahlin

These Books Are Guaranteed To Brighten Your Day

I know that this will come as a shock to you, dear reader, but life is occasionally not so great. We all have our low moments. We've all been down in the dumps. Every once in a while, we all eat more ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

10 Of The Most Unconventional Books Of All Time

Most books follow a fairly predictable pattern. They're made up of squiggly blobs of ink on paper, or pixels on a screen. They start and the beginning and end at the end, and they usually tell some ki...
By Charlotte Ahlin

The Tumblrs Every Book-Lover Needs To Be Following

Yes, I know your closely guarded secret: you have a Tumblr. You might pretend that you just saw that one funny Tumblr post on a Buzzfeed round up, but deep down I know that you're a trash Tumblr user ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Why You Should Be Reading Before Bed

What does your typical bedtime routine look like? Do you snuggle under your recently washed sheets around 10:00 pm, a mug of warm milk in one hand and a Tolstoy novel in the other? Or do you flop into...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Why Now Is The Time To Start Reading Plays

Most people, even if they were cool in high school, have a vague idea of what a "play" is supposed to look like. It's sort of like a movie, except there are no explosions or close ups on hot people, t...
By Charlotte Ahlin

8 Books That Changed The Way We Live Our Lives

Every so often, we come across a life changing book. It doesn't have to be the best book we've ever read, or even a book we particularly like—but something about it changes our lives all the same. We ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

The 9 Books That Helped Me Figure Out Who I Am

As soon as any civilization solves the question of "how do we eat?" the next question to ponder is "who am I?" followed by "should I try improv classes?" Literature, alongside very short haircuts and ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

What To Read During Jury Duty

I suppose that someone, somewhere, sees jury duty as an exciting opportunity to uphold their civic responsibility... but for most of us, it's a vaguely annoying detour from regular life. You have to g...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Every Parent Needs To Read These Books

Maybe it's because I was forcibly placed in a mother-daughter book club in sixth grade, but I feel strongly that everything I read (barring x-rated materials) must also be forced on my parents. I'm ha...
By Charlotte Ahlin

14 Careers For Readers, Because It Is Possible To Make Books A Job

Perhaps you've just graduated with a degree in English or Creative Writing. Or perhaps you're looking to switch careers to something that involves a lot more reading. Or you already spend all of your ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

8 Books That Are Much Better Than The TV Show

Every true book lover lives by a simple mantra: "the book is better than the movie." But what about the TV show? Now that we're firmly in the golden age of scripted television, we're actually seeing q...
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

The 10 Spookiest Haunted Houses From Books

'Tis the season for hot beverages, scarves, and super scary books that will give you waking nightmares. And what better literary trope to celebrate this fall than haunted houses in literature? Whether...
By Charlotte Ahlin