Charlotte Ahlin is a writer, playwright, actor, and artist. She's a native New Yorker and a graduate of Oberlin College. She's also the Associate Artistic Director and Morale Officer of Fat Knight Theatre. Right now, she's reading science fiction from the '70s and drawing sad cartoons.
Latest Articles

The 'Game Of Thrones' Character You're Most Like, Based On Your Myers Briggs Type

Are you a ruthless dragon queen or more of a quick and quiet Faceless Man? Do you ride with the wolves or kick it with the roses? Are you a hardcore Westerosi, or do you prefer the warmer weather of eastern Essos? There are many (many) characters in …
By Charlotte Ahlin

We Need To Talk About How HBO Messed Up The Most Feminist Subplot In 'Game Of Thrones'

Look. I get it, HBO's Game of Thrones. George R.R. Martin wrote a long series of books. You couldn't possibly be expected to include every single one of his minor characters, his complicated subplots, and his elaborate fantasy legal systems. I unders…
By Charlotte Ahlin

The One Book Every 'Handmaid's Tale' Fan Needs To Read Before Season 2

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale has been topping bestseller lists again, over three decades after it was first published, and I can't say I'm surprised. Between the beautiful television adaptation and attempts to role back reproductive rights i…
By Charlotte Ahlin

17 Literary "Friendships" That Always Felt Like Something More

Literature is full of beautiful friendships, sweeping romances, and messy break ups. Every once in a while, though, we come across a literary friendship that could have—should have—been something more. Perhaps even something romantic? These literary …
By Charlotte Ahlin

15 Best V-Day Dates From Books, Because Fictional Romances (Almost) Never Let You Down

This year on Valentine's Day, I find myself almost entirely single. That's fine, though. It just means that I have more time to devote to the things that are truly important to me: fantasizing about literary characters while eating drugstore chocolat…
By Charlotte Ahlin

The "Madwoman In The Attic" From 'Jane Eyre' Is Actually Based On Real History

If you've read Jane Eyre before, you are no doubt familiar with the "madwoman in the attic." And if not... allow me to quickly bring you up to speed: in Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre, the titular Jane works for the sexy, mean Mr. Rochester …
By Charlotte Ahlin

We Really Need To Have A Mature Talk About Why Everyone Hated 'Twilight' So Much

Yes. It is 2018, and I am going to (kind of) defend Twilight. Yes, Twilight does romanticize abusive relationships. It does that, 100 percent. Yes, the writing is riddled with clichés. Yes Stephenie Meyer altered the history of the Quileute people to…
By Charlotte Ahlin

15 Anti-Valentine's Day Books For Readers Who Can't Get Into Happily Ever After

I wouldn't say that I hate Valentine's Day. It's not that I think we shouldn't buy our loved ones candy hearts made out of chalk. But I think we can all be completely honest with ourselves, and admit that Valentine's Day usually makes us feel like un…
By Charlotte Ahlin

This Rom-Com Is Becoming A Movie Starring Benedict Cumberbatch — & You Need To Read It

The first rule of the Albatross Society is that you don't fall in love. There are other rules, sure, but that's the most important one. Stick to that, and you can enjoy dozens of lifetimes however you please. But unfortunately for Tom Hazard, the pro…
By Charlotte Ahlin

Dany's Story In The 'Game Of Thrones' Books Is VERY Different From The Show

She's called the Mother of Dragons, the Breaker of Chains, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, and about a dozen other epithets that we don't have time for right now. She's one of the most central protagonists of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fir…
By Charlotte Ahlin

14 Online Book Clubs You Can Join Right This Moment

I don't know about the rest of you, but whenever I'm reading a good book, I spend every waking moment wanting to talk about that book. The trouble is, most of the people around me are not reading the same book, and they have no interest in hearing al…
By Charlotte Ahlin

Why You Shouldn't Feel Bad For Reading "Escapist" Fiction

If you like to read about dragons, or about ripped bodices, or about magic or monsters or gumshoe detectives, then there's a good chance you've been accused of reading "escapist" fiction. Or "genre" fiction. Or even worse: "commercial" fiction. And t…
By Charlotte Ahlin

The Differences Between Book Sansa & TV Sansa Say A Lot About How Hollywood Treats Women

Quite a few of the characters on Game of Thrones have been drastically altered from their book counterparts... and that's not always a bad thing. We can't cram in every one of the several hundred plot-lines, we can't keep track of all those Greyjoy u…
By Charlotte Ahlin

This Important 'GoT' Character Was Cut From The Show — & It's Actually Pretty Sexist

Look. George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is roughly 3.7 times longer than the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and we're only up to book five. If you're trying to cram that monstrosity into a TV show, things are going to have to be cut. Ent…
By Charlotte Ahlin

10 Books Like 'Black Mirror' For Fans Of Mind-Bending Twists

Good science fiction makes you think about where society is headed, and how advancing technology might affect our lives. Great science fiction makes you hurl your phone across the room while screaming, because you don't want nanobots hacking into you…
By Charlotte Ahlin

There's Another Targaryen In The 'Game Of Thrones' Books & He Could Change Everything

As of the seventh season of the HBO show Game of Thrones, we're down to a final few contenders for that titular metal chair. Cersei is currently sitting on the Iron Throne, with Daenerys gunning for her spot, and Jon Snow moping around in the backgro…
By Charlotte Ahlin

These 15 Books Are Actually The Cutest Valentine's Day Gifts Ever

We have once again begun the long, cold, emotionally confused descent towards Valentine's Day. Now is the time of the year to decide exactly how you truly feel about that person you're "talking to," "seeing," or possibly even "dating," and then quant…
By Charlotte Ahlin

This One-Page Story From 1950 Is Far More Terrifying Than Any 'Black Mirror' Episode

You may not have heard of the author Fredric Brown, but chances are pretty high that you've read his writing. Or at least, you've read Douglas Adams, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, or Philip K. Dick, all of whom credit Brown as one of their chief influen…
By Charlotte Ahlin

7 Novels For When You Need Writing Help, But Don't Want To Read Another "How-To" Book

I have a dark and terrible confession to make, internet: I'm not that into "how-to" books. Don't get me wrong, I've most certainly delved into the occasional cookbook (before giving up and making pasta), and I own a distressing number of books on how…
By Charlotte Ahlin

The New Nonfiction Book To Read Next, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

It can be hard to know where to start with modern nonfiction. Are you in the mood for a humorous memoir that'll make you feel just a little less alone? A inspiring collection of political essays that'll light a fire in your belly? Just a really excel…
By Charlotte Ahlin