The Kill Your Darlings team wish all of our readers and friends a joyous and relaxing festive season. We’re taking a break from publishing over the holiday period – we’ll be back on 2 January with some fantastic summer reads, and KYD issue 28 just around the corner. Our office will be closed from 24 December to 9 January 2017 – if you wish to contact us during this time, email [email protected] and we’ll respond when we can.

MI0001841974To help tide you over, we’ve crunched the numbers and compiled a list of some of our most popular Killings posts of 2016, in no particular order:

Cringe Festival: Jane Howard looks at the state of criticism in the wake of this year’s Adelaide Fringe, and the delicate balance of the morning-after review as both consumer guide and cultural criticism.

Love and Let Live: Rebecca Shaw on Buffy, The 100, and how killings queer characters punishes queer viewers.

The Real Work: Anna Spargo-Ryan writes on the perseverance and sheer hard work involved in writing a first novel.

Serving Suggestion: Alexandra Neill on MasterChef’s narrow view of food culture

Calling Mallory Ortberg: Sian Campbell talks to the co-founder of The Toast about Lord of the Rings, women in caves, and The Baby-Sitter’s Club

Full Frontal Rescue: Joanna Di Mattia on nudity in A Bigger Splash

On Beauty: Body – Sam George-Allen on ‘new fitness’ and the politics of self-denial

Imagine a City: Lucy Salt revisits the 1985 Swanston Street Party and the greening of Melbourne

Whiplash: Matilda Dixon-Smith reviews Tomorrow When The War Began and takes the pulse of Australian teen TV

Ann M. Martin Saves the Day: Rebecca Shaw on growing up queer with the Baby-Sitter’s Club, and finding its creator was queer too.

(And don’t forget to check out the KYD team’s Best of 2016 if you need further inspiration.)

See you in 2017!