Maddie Rodriguez has her MA in English Literature from the University of Victoria. She is a freelance blogger and communications specialist. A passionate bookwork and television junkie, Maddie loves all things literary, historical, fantasy and young adult. She currently lives in Ottawa, where she caters to the whims and eccentricities of two demanding cats.
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12 Books That'll Make You Tight With Your Sis

As one half of a tight-knit pair of sisters, I am always interested in how media and pop culture represent that relationship. Are the women stark contrasts? Best friends? Rivals? Virtual strangers? After all, just as no two people are exactly alike, …
By Maddie Rodriguez

12 Good Reads If 'Agent Carter' Is Your Everything

When it premiered, I was very, very prepared to like ABC's Agent Carter. (My anticipation generally took the form of gasping "Lady secret agent... old-timey hats... and wigs!" accompanied a great degree of flailing whenever the show was mentioned). L…
By Maddie Rodriguez

7 Books to Read That Inspired Oscar-Worthy Films

Ah, the early January lull — the holidays are behind you, family has been visited, parties have been thrown, and shopping has been done. Combine that with chilly winter weather and it becomes the perfect time to catch up on your media consumption. Wi…
By Maddie Rodriguez

The 8 YA Series You Need to Be Reading In 2015

We’ve already promised that 2015 is going to be a great year for YA fiction. There are a ton of great books coming out, from much-hyped debuts to exciting new novels from your favorite authors. Another reason why 2015 is going to rock the YA shelves?…
By Maddie Rodriguez

11 of the Coolest Felines in Literature

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Internet loves cats. Online we share cat photos, cat videos, and cat memes; we forged our own cat language, and have even created our own stratosphere of cat stars, including such feline celebrities as …
By Maddie Rodriguez

11 Ideal Holiday Presents For Literary Characters

There’s nothing quite like giving a truly spot-on gift: maybe it’s selfish in its own way, but the thrill you get from seeing someone unwrap the perfect present that you gave them is incomparable. Still, sometimes as much as we love giving great gift…
By Maddie Rodriguez

The 12 Books of Christmas

Most of us have heard the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" — it refers to the 12 days of Christmas beginning on December 25 (true story, they begin on the 25th), and consists of a list of gifts for each day given to the singer by his or her loved …
By Maddie Rodriguez

11 "Books for Women” All Men Should Read, Too

The Let Books Be Books campaign — which calls for an end to the arbitrary division between children’s books labelled “for girls” and “for boys” and more equitable and inclusive marketing strategies for books — has continued to pick up steam. It is he…
By Maddie Rodriguez

The One Comic (Yes, Comic) You Need to Be Reading

I have never been much of a comics girl. I am geeky about a great many things, but comics and graphic novels have not traditionally been one of them. I've never had anything against the medium — like everyone else in 2008, I read and was blown away b…
By Maddie Rodriguez

How is 2014's "Year of Reading Women" Going?

Think back to January 2014 — long ago as it may be. You might remember a great deal of discussion in the literary world surrounding some pretty shocking statistics. An organization for women in the literary arts, VIDA, reported that in major literary…
By Maddie Rodriguez

Can You Guess The Fictional Real Estate Listing?

Dearest reader, It is with great pleasure that Totally Imaginary Real Estate magazine announces this exciting (totally imaginary) event — the Western canon is having a real estate sale! All the settings of your favorite novels are now yours for the b…
By Maddie Rodriguez

Why We Need Amy Poehler's Feminism

In a cultural moment when more and more women are declaring themselves feminists, there are still an enormous number of myths and mischaracterizations of feminism. There are still many women who utter the dreaded phrase, “I’m not a feminist, but... "…
By Maddie Rodriguez

7 Classic Witches to Scare You for Halloween

Halloween is here and October is drawing to a close. The leaves are falling, the air is chilly and crisp, and night comes earlier and earlier. That means one thing: the witching season is upon us! The witch has long been a classic female cultural ico…
By Maddie Rodriguez

What If 'Little Women' Happened in 2014?

For many of us, just the mention of “Orchard House” or “limes” or even the phrase “Jo! Your one beauty!” is enough to trigger a tidal wave of nostalgia. Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has been a girlhood staple for generations of bookish young wome…
By Maddie Rodriguez

For Oscar Wilde's B-Day, 13 of His Best Zingers

We've all been there: Someone directs a nasty, rude, or just plain irritating comment your way and — with airy poise and a tart tongue — you think up the perfect retort... six hours later. In the shower. With your eye makeup running down your face. O…
By Maddie Rodriguez