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As told by Katie

I have many fictional character boyfriends.

Don’t reread that line, you read it right the first time. I have many fictional character boyfriends and I love them all for various reasons. But it sounds a little ridiculous, right? Because in the world we all live in, we should only be dating one person.

Let me explain before you think I’m absolutely crazy. I don’t actually have a boyfriend but I do have a love-hate relationship with books and their characters. They have been my go-to activity since I was able to read, and I still love reading to this very day.

But since I was little, I always loved fantasy fiction novels, mostly because the events in the book could never actually happen (like aliens living next door and falling in love with a human). I couldn’t give it a base of reality and I loved it. I loved being in the lives of characters, feeling what they feel as they go through turmoil and loving the happy moments.

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The Mindy Project: a progressive depiction of females on TV

As the end of the year winds down and the workloads increase, most people take to the library and delve into studying. I, however, have a different tradition I like to uphold: every semester, approximately three to four weeks before finals, I pick up a new TV show. I suppose my body’s natural response to stress is to find every possible means to avoid the stressful trigger (i.e. homework/studying).

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How I Met Your Mother finale disappoints viewer

The How I Met Your Mother series finale that premiered on March 31 was full of surprises and, for many fans, quite a few disappointments. It can be very difficult, if not impossible, to please all the viewers, which makes ending a series a challenging task. That being said, as a writer, I do not believe that a creator should end a series based on fan favorites or majority vote. I believe that when it comes down to the finale, a writer should remain true to their characters and their story.

I do not believe that How I Met Your Mother writers should have ended the series on such a note.

As the episode came to a close, and Ted finally ended his story, his daughter Penny simply stares at him.

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Student finds 2012 flim Taken 2 to be an inadequate sequel

Certain facts were true at the time that this article was first written, but may have changed in between then and now.

Let me ask a question to 79 percent of the critics on who gave Taken 2 a negative review (21 percent gave it a positive one): what were you seriously expecting from a movie called Taken 2? In fact, while we’re at it: what were you expecting from a movie called The Hangover Part II? Or Home Alone 2? Or Men in Black II? What all these “2” (or “II”) movies have in common is that they’re among what some would call “carbon copy sequels,” which are direct follow-ups that practically repeat the formulas of their predecessors to excess.

Why do they exist then? Answer: the filmmakers think that if it isn’t broken, there’s no need to fix it when making a sequel, and some audiences won’t mind seeing a repeat as long as it’s different from the original in some way or another.

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HBO TV series Game of Thrones returns for a fourth season

Game of Thrones is probably one of my favorite shows out of the million that I watch (not really a million, but I watch enough to qualify as being anti-social).

Based off of the books by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is set in the fictional land of The Seven Kingdom of Westeros.

Season One followed the first book, A Game of Thrones. Season Two followed Martin’s A Clash of Kings, while Season Three followed the first half of A Storm of Swords. For those who have read the books, that Season Four will follow the second half of A Storm of Swords and some events from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.

The third season premiered on March 31, 2013, and Game of Thrones was renewed two days later on April 2, 2013.

Winter is coming. The Throne isn’t safe.

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Student takes valuable life lessons from Grey's Anatomy

At the beginning and end of every episode of Grey’s Anatomy, a main character, normally Meredith Grey, always has something witty and insightful to say. Of course, there are a few that are full of medical terminology, but there are also some that open your eyes and make you think.

Looking back it’s easy to see when a mistake has been made. But if we use our best judgment and listen to our hearts we’re more likely to see that we chose wisely and avoid the deepest most painful regret of them all, the regret that comes from letting something amazing pass you by.

There have been countless occasions when I’ve tried to record what Meredith said (which ended in me being on Google for hours) because they were insightful, regardless of being taken out of context.

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Lindsay intrigues viewer

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that I tuned in to the premiere of Lindsay. It will, however, probably come as a surprise to skeptics that the show was actually good. Addictive good.

I’ve always been on Team Lindsay Lohan. It goes back to my childhood and the way I watched The Parent Trap approximately 75 times a year. I think I spent more money renting that movie than I spent on college.

It was refreshing for me, a freckled redhead growing up in a rural town, to see a famous face that was also freckled and adorned with red hair. Lindsay was just a normal girl, and she was making freckles cool.

And then the downward spiral of Lindsay Lohan happened, and people gave up on her career, talent and future in Hollywood. At least they did until Oprah stepped in.

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Addiction to Scandal explained

ABC’s hit series Scandal began the second part of its third season on Thursday, February 27 at 10 p.m. with 9.22 million American viewers at the edge of their seats.

Scandal follows the life of a sophisticated yet gutsy woman named Olivia Pope in the city of the nation’s elite—Washington, D.C. Although a lawyer by title, her job is to be a “fixer,” meaning she “fixes” the image of her clients by manipulating the media or doing investigative work that might clear her clients of certain accusations.

Her clients are usually powerful politicians or distinguished individuals from the D.C. scene that hope to have their name cleared from any sort of controversy. From United States Supreme Court Justices to U.S. Congressmen, Pope does it all and still manages to wear the “white hat” in the end.

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Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons hosts Saturday Night Live

After a month long hiatus of Saturday Night Live, fans of The Big Bang Theory were in for a treat on Saturday, March 1. The star of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper, hosted Saturday Night Live. The musical guest for the show was singer-songwriter Beck. 
The opening sketch featured cast member Kate McKinnon playing talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Parsons playing the flamboyant 2010 Olympian Johnny Weir. Before Parsons pranced in playing his SNL alter ego, The Ellen Show was mocked, with McKinnon complaining about the dancing that occurs during the beginning of every show. There were jokes made about this by comparing it to 12 Years a Slave, 2014 Best Picture.

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Academy Awards don't disappoint

It’s that time of year again when the beautiful people gather to shine brighter than the sun and the ugly frumps watch from their couches covered in Cheeto dust. That’s right, the Academy Awards are back.
The 86th celebration of the film industry’s finest aired on Sunday, March 2 hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. As usual, DeGeneres began the night with an opening monologue to get the crowd laughing and happy. She hit all the right points with her relentless jokes about Jennifer Lawrence’s balance issues to calling Liza Minelli a drag queen.
The jokes never stopped after the opening and led to DeGeneres taking a selfie with Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey and many more. The photo led to Twitter crashing and Ellen beating President Barack Obama’s “Four more years” tweet for most retweets. 


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