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.

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These Books Are A Million Times Better Than The Movie

I get it, book lovers. We all stick to the party line that "the book is better than the movie," point blank. But let's be honest here: adaptations vary. You've got your solid, not-quite-as-good-as-the...
By Charlotte Ahlin

10 Things We Can Learn From 'Jane Eyre'

Do you frequently find yourself seeking your fortune on the windswept moors? Or confronting your boyfriend/employer about the woman he has locked in his attic? OK, so maybe some of Jane's problems are...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Need To Disconnect? Take A Break With These Books

We all need to take a break now and then. No matter what your particular stressors are, it's always helpful to take a deep breath, drink some water, and scream senselessly into the void until you lose...
By Charlotte Ahlin

These Cult Classics Are Worth The Read

It's a question that keeps book nerds up at night: what makes a book a cult book? Usually, a "cult" book isn't actually a book about cults. Rather, it's a book that mainstream critics panned, but that...
By Charlotte Ahlin

8 Books Every Harry Potter Fan Should Read This Year

So you like Harry Potter. You've read (and reread) every Harry Potter book. You've seen every Harry Potter film, blogged extensively about all of the times that Michael Gambon gave a weird line readin...
By Charlotte Ahlin

The Strangest Books We Loved As Kids

Kids are weird. I mean... remember some of the games you played as a child? Remember how much those games freaked out your parents? My friends and I had one particular game called "The Cats Die," in w...
By Charlotte Ahlin

The Literary Villain For Your Zodiac Sign

Astrology is definitely the most fun of the pseudosciences. But let's all be honest with ourselves: when we're reading up on our zodiac signs, we're usually focused on the positives. We want to hear a...
By Charlotte Ahlin

What To Read When You Need A Good Cry

I'm a fan of crying. Yes, we usually cry when we're sad, or stressed, or at a wedding, so crying is often associated with bad memories. But a good cry gets out all those negative emotions. It's cleans...
By Charlotte Ahlin

The Literary Heroine For Your Zodiac Sign

We all have our favorite books characters. These are the characters who inspire us, or make us laugh, or fill us with righteous feminist rage. But which literary lady best matches your personality? Ar...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Need An Emotional Escape? Read These Long Books

People often say the word "escapist" like it's a bad thing. "Escapist" fiction is almost always code for "cheesy romance," or "pulpy detective story," or "it has dragons in it." But really, unless you...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie & Trevor Noah Talk Writing & Resistance

Words have always been political. But now, in our current climate of "fake news" and deeply divided readers, everything from fact-based journalism to bestselling fiction can feel like an overt politic...
By Charlotte Ahlin

These Books Weren't Appreciated When They First Came Out

No one likes getting a bad review. You work hard to create a thing, whether it's a painting or a novel or a fancy quiche, in the hopes that someone, somewhere will appreciate all of the blood and swea...
By Charlotte Ahlin

How Does Starz's 'American Gods' Compare To The Book?

The long wait is over: Starz' American Gods is finally arriving on our very own TV screens on April 30. Fans of the novel are reading up on their ancient mythology, cracking open their all-American be...
By Charlotte Ahlin

The 'American Girl' Books Were Lessons In Resistance

If you've ever been a girl in America, chances are you've probably run across at least one American Girl. There were the American Girl Dolls, of course, which managed to actually look like chubby litt...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Distracted Easily? These Books Will Hook You

You know the feeling: you sit down to read a new book in your most comfortable chair—and the next minute you're Facebook stalking your third grade teacher. Or playing with the cat. Or the character in...
By Charlotte Ahlin

What Happened In 'American Gods'? A Recap Of The Bestselling Novel

After years of hints, teasers, and mysterious omens appearing in the night sky, Neil Gaiman's American Gods is finally hitting the small screen with a premiere on Starz at the end of the month. If you...
By Charlotte Ahlin

10 Of The Most Chilling Books Of All Time

Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming! People are walking around in the sunshine eating ice cream! It's the perfect time to barricade yourself in your room and catch up on your horror reading. I...
By Charlotte Ahlin

The Classics Every 20-Something Needs To Read

No one likes being told that they need to read something. Whether it's your eighth grade teacher handing you Great Expectations, your mom re-gifting you Eat, Pray, Love, or your best friend tearfully ...
By Charlotte Ahlin

These Wild Fan Theories Turned Out To Be True

Like most book nerds with an internet connection, I just can't get enough of fan theories. Are most of them silly? Sure. Do I really believe that Ron Weasley is a time-traveling version of Dumbledore?...
By Charlotte Ahlin

Political Books To Give You Hope For The Future

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you know that Donald Trump is the president of the United States (and if you have been living under a rock, where is it and can I join you? I'...
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 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

Creepy Halloween Costume Ideas From Books

It's officially that time of year again: we can openly talk about Halloween costumes! (Instead of silently thinking about Halloween costumes, like we do the rest of the year.) Halloween is, of course,...
By Charlotte Ahlin

10 Chilling Quotes From Shirley Jackson

As a fall chill begins to creep into the air, and the listicles begin to specialize in couple's costumes, there comes a time when you just want to curl up with a mug of tea and a book of horror storie...
By Charlotte Ahlin