Episodes

Episode 52 - Harry Potter Part Two Plus Fantastic Beasts

Our discussion of Harry Potter continues in episode 52, covering books five through seven as well as the recently released "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Are the beasts truly fantastic? Did we forgive Snape and Malfoy? How do we feel about the future of the franchise? Reminder: we'll be donating 100 percent of the money we make from Patreon and merch sales in December to a charity or multiple charities to be decided soon. We chose December to be sure everybody would have the chance to participate since November is always half over. Don't worry, we'll be reminding you frequently!

Warning: There are some minor cusses, but nothing that would get us banned on network TV.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Pokemon Moon

Watching:

Arrival

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Girl in the Photograph

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

"The Harry Potter Fandom Is At A Crossroads" by Alanna Bennett
"'Fantastic Beasts' offers spellbinding magical creatures, but a weak cast of characters" by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
"Why 'Fantastic Beasts' makes no sense as a political allegory" by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
"Fantastic Beasts is Not So Fantastic with Diversity" by Clara Mae

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Episode 51 - Harry Potter, Books One Through Four

In episode 51, we're taking a look at a series that's incredible formative for both of us—Harry Potter. This time, we're discussing books and films one through four, figuring out what makes them so appealing to us, why we're still interested, and how our views have changed since our first entry into the fandom. We also talk a bit about the election, because, if we're being honest, the idea of devoting a bunch of time to Harry Potter right in the aftermath without acknowledging it felt like we were ignoring the issue. We're not—in fact, we'll be donating 100 percent of the money we make from Patreon and merch sales in December to a charity or multiple charities to be decided soon. We chose December to be sure everybody would have the chance to participate since November is almost half over. Don't worry, we'll be reminding you frequently!

Warning: There are a couple references to genitalia.

Mistakes: Mark Oshiro worked for Buzznet, not Buzzfeed. Also, though largely irrelevant, it was actually Mark Reads Twilight that Missy read first, not Mark Reads Harry Potter.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Rose of Winter

Listening To:

Morph Club
Friends at the Table

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Supergirl

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

" Harry Potter and the Case of the Disappearing Asians " by Clara Mae
"A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support" by Joanna Rothkopf
"Hermione Granger: More Than a Sidekick" by Sarah Gailey
Women Write About Comics' Marginalized Creator Thread

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Episode 49 - Werewolves

It's time for episode 49, and this time around we're discussing Missy's love/hate relationship with werewolves. Why do so many pieces of media only depict male werewolves? Why is so much werewolf media disappointing? Also: butts.

Warning: Unsurprisingly, this one got a little out of hand. While there's nothing horrifically explicit, there are references to genitalia, sex, and several uses of the b-word. Listen at your discretion!

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Burly Men at Sea (Check out Missy's full review here)
Sunless Sea - Zubmariner
Civilization V
Mystic Messenger


What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston

Watching:

Magical Girl Rising
Star Wars Rebels
Dragonball
Supergirl

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Our Merch
Geek Girl Pen Pals Interview
Erin Bozone's Website
Fake Geek Girls Like Us
Supergirl's White Kryptonite by Laura Harcourt
How 'American Werewolf in London' Transformed Horror-Comedy by Joshua Rothkopf
Dear J.K. Rowling: Being a werewolf is not like having AIDS by Patrick Hogan

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Episode 23 - Mary Sues

We’re back with episode 23, and this time we’re talking about Mary Sues! Just what is a Mary Sue? Should we live in fear of the author insert? Do tropes have to be a bad thing? We’re chatting with our friend Stephani about this and many other things, including Ganondorf, why the Qunari are always evil, and our Hermione Granger feelings.

Mistakes: as always, Missy runs her mouth without looking things up in an effort to not distract from the conversation. The quote about all plots being ‘a person goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town' can be found here. The Margaret Atwood quote she was thinking about was actually this sweet one about all stories being about wolves.

Also, hey! We launched a Patreon! If you like what we do and what to support us financially, you can do so by subscribing to our podcast over there and getting sweet rewards, like merchandise, bonus episodes, access to a livestream, and the ability to make us do an episode on a topic of your choosing. Check it out, and thank you, as always, for being the absolute greatest.

What Missy's Been Up To

Reading:

  • The Lais of Marie de France
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Watching:

  • Free!

Playing:

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trespasser

What Merri’s Been Up To:

Reading:

  • Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy

Watching:

  • Twin Peaks

What Stephani’s Been Up To:

Watching:

  • The X-Files
  • The Legend of Korra
  • Mad Max

Reading:

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean

Playing:

  • Metal Gear Solid V

Some Links You May Find Interesting:

CentrumLumina's analysis of some Archive of Our Own census data

Episode 16 - Factions

We’re back with episode sixteen! This time around we’re talking about factions, specifically Hogwarts houses and the districts of The Hunger Games. Why do we love them so much? Why is belonging so important? How do these factions shape fictional worlds?

What Missy’s Been Up To:

READING:

  • Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

PLAYING:

  • Fragile Soft Machines
  • Dark Echo
  • Life is Strange

WATCHING:

  • Twin Peaks
  • Adventure Time Season 5
  • Bakuman
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (again)

What Merri’s Been Up To:

WATCHING:

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The Avengers

Some Links You May Find Interesting:

Punk Games: Zoe Quinn's article for Offworld on alt games.
Closeted Damsels and Heroic Gal Pals: Maddy Myers' article summing up one of Missy's issues with Life is Strange. WARNING: Spoilers.
Intergroup Conflict in the World of Harry Potter
Safe As Houses: Sorting and School Houses at Hogwarts
Everyone Should Want to Be a Hufflepuff