Valerie Estelle Frankel

Biography

Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Harry Potter parodies, the Henry Potty and the Pet Rock series. She is the author of five new and forthcoming books on pop culture: From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend, Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey, Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in The Hunger Games, Teaching with Harry Potter, and Harry Potter: Still Recruiting. Learn more at vefrankel.com

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Books

Symbols in Game of Thrones: The Deeper Meanings of Animals, Colors, Seasons, Food, and Much More
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,760. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
With dogs, wolves, ravens, blood flies, and so many more, animal symbolism is endlessly significant in Game of Thrones. This book explores places, colors, foods, items, weather, and all the other symbols, from ice and fire to apples and blood oranges. A delightful treat for fans of books, show, or both.
Doctor Who - The What, Where, and How: A Fannish Guide to the TARDIS-Sized Pop Culture Jam
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,150. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
All the clever references to pop culture and science fiction canon in the new Doctor Who--a big treat for fans the world over.
Sherlock: Every Canon Reference You May Have Missed in BBC's Series 1-3
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,820. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
Within this book are all the references, with quotes from the actors and creators, notes from John and Sherlock’s blogs, and loads of symbolism. With character bios and notes on all the unseen cases, this book bursts with references for Sherlock’s fans, those who know the century of lore and those who are yet to begin it.
Choosing to be Insurgent or Allegiant: Symbols, Themes & Analysis of the Divergent Trilogy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,430. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Media Tie-In
A deep analysis of the Divergent series with colors, symbols, vocabulary, girl power, comparisons to dystopias, and much more, all for teens.
Bloodsuckers on the Bayou: The Myths, Symbols, and Tales Behind HBO’s True Blood
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,590. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
True Blood is more than an HBO show brimming with sex and gore, or another vampire horror story blown up by big media. Independent detective Sookie Stackhouse is following the classic heroine’s journey, as are her friends. From the show’s mythic structure to the maenads, fairies, demonesses, werewolves, and vampires, True Blood swells from its ancient roots to break modern taboos and boundaries.
Winning the Game of Thrones: The Host of Characters and their Agendas
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,030. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
This book explores characters’ agendas, from Sansa’s secret schemes to Arya’s ultimate goal. What is Cersei’s true fear? What do trout or golden roses symbolize? Is the show a feminist success or a male playground? This book answers all these and more, revealing the enigmas and surprises hidden deep within the series.
An Unexpected Parody: The Unauthorized Spoof of The Hobbit
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,840. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Return to the film with mayhem, mirth, and magic missiles—or at least, crumpled newspaper missiles. Torn Teepeeshield, the Hot Prince of the Dwarves, puts aside his developing stardom in dwarf cabaret to quest to the Lame Old Mountain and destroy the dragon Erpolushun, or in the common tongue, Smog. It's up to Bumble Baglunch to save the day with his knowledge of pop culture and a mean golf swing.
How to Ace the SAT Essay: A Skilled Tutor Teaches the SAT Writing Test
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,880. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - SAT
Learn how to create a dynamic hook and thesis, budget your time, and make killer outlines. Write quality paragraphs full of specific facts and clever insights. With a bonus section on Grammar, Idioms, and Verb Forms for the SAT Writing Test, this book has everything you need to succeed. Worksheets on grammar, style, and content, exclusive essay prompts available nowhere else, and much more.
Henry Potty and the Deathly Paper Shortage: The Unauthorized Harry Potter Parody
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,020. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Media Tie-In
The devious Lord Revolting has split his soul into seven Plot Devices, from the One Ring to the Really Gross Wooden Eyeball. Can Henry Potty, lousy student and heroic Chosen One, destroy them in time? Join Henry as he duels mimes, droids, blobs, religious extremists, parapsychologists, and the dreaded Tooth Fairy. Unapproved, unendorsed, unofficial, and unstoppable, for ages 2 to 222.
Free Guide to Self-Publishing and Book Promotion: Inside Secrets from an Author Whose Self-Published Books Sold in Thousands
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Price: Free! Words: 29,570. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
(5.00 from 1 review)
Wondering how to get published? Or how to self publish? Have an amazing book but no one’s reviewing it or hearing the buzz? Now award-winning author Valerie Estelle Frankel shares all her inside tips, from conferences to Facebook, Twitter to eBay, on how to make your book a success. Complete with an appendix of sample query, press release, sell sheet, flyer, and much more.
Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,890. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Literary Criticism & Collections
Who was Cinna? What do the hawthorn and primrose symbolize? Or President Snow’s roses and Peeta’s bread? What about Katniss’s last name? Bringing details from myths, herbal guides, military histories, and the classics, English professor and award-winning pop culture author Valerie Estelle Frankel sheds light on the deeper meanings behind Panem’s heroes and villains in this hottest of YA trilogies.
Henry Potty and the Pet Rock: An Unauthorized Harry Potter Parody
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Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 54,730. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Catastrophe strikes Chickenfeet Academy, and it’s not just the cafeteria food. Lord Revolting, murderous goldfish-flusher, needs Really Wimpy’s pet rock to conquer the world! Watch Henry Potty take on sparkly vampires in the Try Wizarding Tournament & unite all the hottest franchises into the powerful Order of the Takeout. Unapproved, unendorsed, unofficial, and unstoppable.

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