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The More Things Change: Choice and consequence in Life is Strange

You can either be a benevolent hero or a monster, but few games deal with the multitudes contained by actual people. And what does it matter, anyway? There’s no such thing as regret when it comes to in-game decision-making – not when you can so easily restart the game to see what outcome will result from choosing Option B instead. Read more »

A lit match in a box of wet dynamite: Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher

I first watched Jack Reacher a few years ago, in a spate of insomnia. The plot is a confused mess, both needlessly intricate and incredibly simple. I’m not going to go into it, mainly because I don’t actually know why the people in this movie do anything. Read more »

Winter Subscriber Offer: Win $700 in book vouchers

Subscribe to Kill Your Darlings before the end of July for the chance to win $700 in Readings vouchers. Read more »

June First Book Club: Read an excerpt from Rochelle Siemienowicz’s Fallen

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event in June, former Killings columnist Rochelle Siemienowicz will discuss her debut book, Fallen: A Memoir About Sex, Religion and Marrying Too Young. Read an extract from this frank, compelling and beautifully written debut memoir, which describes Rochelle’s experiences as a young wife in an unfulfilling open marriage. Read more »

We Are All Kardashians

For the past five years, I have loved and been obsessed with the Kardashians. Specifically, the E! reality series that made them famous. I often feel the need to intellectualise why I like these series and the people on them – you know, because I’m not a moron, and these are shows about morons, for morons. Read more »

A Seminal 80s Artist Who A Lot Of People Are Like ‘Umm Who?’ Or Are Like ‘Naa Man’ And Then Make I Guess Unimpressed Facial Expressions But Truly This Man’s Music Is Kind Of The Soundtrack To My Life LOL But Not LOL Too

I was born in Brisbane. Nice. ‘Up The Wallabies’!!!! Welllllll, people say ‘Up The Wallabies’ a lot now and maybe they did when I was born too except I don’t remember much of anything because of being a very small human who couldn’t form memories and experiences, or could form memories and experiences for other people but not in a concrete way that I could remember myself. Nice. Well this whole piece has nothing to do with that. Read more »

Finding Books for Young Readers: The Reading Children’s Book Prize

James Patterson once said, ‘There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading and kids who are reading the wrong books.’ So how do we get the right books into the hands of budding bibliophiles? Well, the Readings Children’s Book Prize Shortlist is a great place to start. Read more »

This Is a Story of Artistic Excellence

This is a story of the first four plays I saw at Malthouse Theatre. It’s a story that can only continue as long as support for independent artists continues; it’s a story that can only keep growing as long as support for independent artists grows. It’s a story of where artistic excellence comes from, and how we get to see it on our main stages. Read more »

OzYA: The editor, the author, the librarian and the blogger

Join us and the team from Readings Books for a lively discussion about young adult fiction in Australia: Who’s reading it, and why? Are there enough diverse voices? How can we all do it better? Read more »

Fuck Yeah: Swearing like a lady

I had been trying to pinpoint exactly why the HBO television show Veep brings me such joy. Yes, it is a very funny, very well-written show with a great cast, but that didn’t quite go far enough in explaining the immense enjoyment it gives me. The eureuka moment finally struck when I stumbled over a compilation video of the best insults from the show. Read more »