Categories
episodes

Episode 34 – Anime and Studio Ghibli

We’re back with episode 34, discussing anime, its status in geek culture, and how neither of us have all the answers. Why is there so much self-deprecation in the anime community? Where does it fall in the hierarchy? Why do some people categorize Studio Ghibli films outside the anime genre? We have things to say, though not all of them are answers.

Categories
episodes

Episode 33 – Pandering

We’re back with episode 33, in which we’re discussing the hot-button issue of pandering. What is pandering? Is it creating media representing and exploring the perspectives of marginalized people, or is it yet another naked girl in Game of Thrones? Is it creating media that reflects the demographics of the world, or is it another pop culture reference passed off as a joke? We may have strong feelings on this topic.

Categories
episodes

Episode 32 – Period Pieces

We’re back with episode 32, discussing historical fiction, period pieces, and Hamilton. What responsibilities do writers of historical fiction have? What’s so appealing about looking into the past? How important is realism when looking at historical fiction? All these things and a passionate discussion about how great Hamilton is – what more could you want?

Categories
episodes interviews

Episode 31 – Sex in the Geek Community with Liz Andrade & Hana Butler

We’re back with episode 31, discussing sex in the geek community with our friends Liz Andrade and Hana Butler! We chatted about vampire romance fiction, creating a more inclusive community, and the importance of ongoing discussions about sex and other topics in the geek sphere.

Categories
episodes

Bonus Episode – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

We’re back with a bonus episode all about our Star Wars: The Force Awakens feelings! Along with our friend Stephani, we’re discussing diversity, predictability, and fan service, as well as our very important Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, and Poe opinions. Some Links You Might Find Interesting: Rebel Grrrl Podcast Off the Clock: Space Opera Milennials […]

Categories
episodes

Episode 30.5 – Fanfiction Discussion

We just couldn’t get enough of talking about fanfiction, so we have a little companion piece to accompany the core episode discussing our thoughts on the particular stories we read. You don’t have to have read the stories to understand what we’re talking about, and our topics of discussion also include problematic ships, the importance of fantasy, and the strangeness of reading fic for a fandom you’re not part of. It’s interesting stuff, we promise.

Categories
episodes

Episode 30 – Fanfiction

We’re back with episode 30, and this time we’re discussing fanfiction! What is it? Why do we read it? What does it do that mainstream media doesn’t? What’s the deal with high school AUs? Is it disrespectful to professional writers? All this, plus excited shouting over Cullen, trash barges, and musing on present tense.

Categories
episodes

Episode 29 – Classics

We’re back with episode 29, and this time we’re talking about the classics: Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Watchmen. Do you need to be familiar with classic works of sci-fi and fantasy to really get modern geek culture? Are these works really worth consuming, or are they just another form of arbitrary gatekeeping, or does the truth fall somewhere in the middle?

Categories
episodes interviews

Episode 28 – Fandoms, Scooby Doo, and More with Allegra Clark!

We’re chatting with Allegra Clark, the voice of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Josephine Montilyet, about fandoms and more! You can find out more about Allegra by visiting her Twitter (@simplyallegra), Tumblr (captainallegra.tumblr.com), or website (allegraclark.com). 

Categories
episodes

Episode 27 – Young Adult Literature

We’re back with episode 27, discussing The Lunar Chronicles, #MorallyComplicatedYA, and why this genre gets so much flack. Why is dystopian fiction so appealing? Is YA really dominated by women writers? Should adults feel guilty about reading books for younger audiences?