Episode 42 - Dystopias

We're back with episode 42, discussing Merri's favorite topic: dystopias! We're looking at a few popular dystopias, including the new, the old, and the real, chatting about how they tie into societal fears, why they're popular now, and how we can prevent these bleak futures from becoming a reality.

What Missy's Been Up To:

  • She Wolf #1 by Rich Tomasso (Read Missy's review!)
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Finding Dory
  • Magic Mike XXL

    What Merri's Been Up To:

  • The Scorch Trials
  • Between

  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
  • Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat by Kate Leth and Brittney Williams
  • Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
  • Mad Max: Fury Road and the Glaring Whiteness of Post-Apocalyptic Films by Nasha Khan (one of the articles Missy referred to regarding people of color in post-apocalyptic settings)
  • A Brief History of the Dystopian Novel by Andrew Lipton
  • Understanding the Appeal of Dystopian Young Adult Fiction by Justin Scholes and Jon Ostenson
  • What Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Books Say About Us by Todd Mitchell
  • The Importance of Dystopian Literature by Mallory Dobry
  • Why Young Adults 'Hunger' for The Hunger Games and Other Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Fiction by Debra Donstan-Miller
  • It's On Us, Too: An Easy Guide To Contacting Your Elected Representatives About Gun Control by Nicole Silverberg
  • Advice For White Folks in the Wake of the Police Murder of a Black Person by Justin C. Cohen
  • Campaign Zero - see where your representatives stand on police violence
  • How to contact your local police chief about police violence

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  • 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:


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


    • Fragile Soft Machines
    • Dark Echo
    • Life is Strange


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

    What Merri’s Been Up To:


    • 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