Holiday Community Collaboration Question: What About Stories Makes You Happy?

I don't know how December came up so quickly, but here it is, shepherding in all of its warmth and holiday cheer. Whatever holidays you celebrate this season, I'm wishing you wonderful ones. In the meantime, I wanted to celebrate and hear from YOU in another community collaboration project...

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Celebrating 50 Followers! Come Share Your Favorites Collaboration

Pop Culture Literary is celebrating 50 Followers by celebrating YOU! I wanted to use this opportunity to invite you to share your favorite pop culture narratives. Talk about your current or all-time favorites from any pop culture genre (games, movies, cartoons, anime, comics, etc.). Share what you...

Pop Culture Based on Novels Part 1: The Heroic Legend of Arslan

November is National Novel Writing Month, a 30-day challenge that many aspiring writers partake in every year. The idea of the challenge is to pump out a novel by the end of the month, or to at least have a higher page count than your friends who gave up halfway through. In the spirit of cheering on the writers fighting to reach their daily word count goals, we're taking a look at pop culture narratives based on novels, starting with The Heroic Tale of Arslan...

Mirrors in Wandering Son: Navigating Visual Gender Norms [OWLS July Blog Tour: Mirrors]

Being transgender is tough. Every stage of the long, multi-step transition process contains sharp twists and turns, as well as hoop after hoop that people must jump through just to be themselves. On top of it all, trans individuals have to overcome discrimination and social rejection, which can put them in very real danger of … Continue reading Mirrors in Wandering Son: Navigating Visual Gender Norms [OWLS July Blog Tour: Mirrors]

Raising LGBTQ+ Visibility Through Pop Culture (Part 1)

One of the biggest concerns for the LGBTQ+ community involves visibility and positive representation in the media. Wider representation benefits the movement, as well as allowing individual members of the community (especially youth) to see themselves portrayed positively in the world around them. I wanted to start the month off with a post highlighting various creative works that contribute to this visibility. In my selection process, I tried to choose works that represented a wide variety...