Although it’s not been a slow news week on other fronts, it has in the pop culture realm. I wish I had more to share with you to make things a little easier (or at least help you be a little better distracted). <3


Stephanie dived deep into the world of fanfiction (plus some recs from yours truly) in the final week of our Grown-Up Guide to Romance Novels—has it been as good for you as it’s been for us?

Stephanie also revisited the kick-ass early aughts Jennifer Garner vehicle Alias in this week’s Stream It. (Michael Vartan could get. It. amirite?)

And have you read this week’s Book Reports?

Book-Related Things

Although it includes more than just YA books, here’s the proper reading order for Star Wars: The High Republic.

“​​25 Books by Black Authors We Can’t Wait to Read in 2022”

A list of 27 great book podcasts.

Onscreen Things

Do you agree with EW’s list of the 100 best TV romances?

Ashley Greene’s co-hosting a new rewatch podcast called The Twilight Effect that will feature appearances by some of her castmates.

The Wilds season 2 will premiere this May.

Upcoming ya novel This Golden State by Marit Weisenberg has already been optioned for a film version.

Multimedia Things


We stan a queen.


And a follow-up:

Miscellaneous Things

“Reimagining The Stories We Tell About Trans Love.”

This is an excellent McSweeney’s piece: “Son, Your Mother and I are Worried About the Quality of Your Supernatural Slash Fiction.”

For all you true crime fans out there, an update on the case of Lois Duncan’s daughter’s murder.

What’d we miss? Add your fave distractions of the week in the comments

Mandy (she/her) is a manager at a tech company who lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, son, and dogs. She loves superheroes and pretty much any show or movie with “Star” in the name.