Ben and Justin, the co-founders of LitCharts and the original editors of SparkNotes. itCharts writers are an exclusive group of excellent writers with a deep understanding of literature and how to teach it to others. LitCharts writers have gone on to become best-selling nonfiction writers, 2017 national book award finalists, New York Times journalists, Harvard literature PhD candidates, and more. LitCharts take a completely new approach to analyzing and explaining literature. CliffsNotes and every other literature guide series that followed (including SparkNotes) all use long paragraphs of summary followed by long paragraphs of analysis. LitCharts break that mold in several ways. LitCharts present a bulleted-list-style summary of every single plot point in the book side-by-side with analysis and color-coded themes for each point. Every LitChart includes a color-coded Themes Key, which assigns a specific color to each theme. Readers can then trace the prevalence of themes as they develop throughout the book.