107. The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo and adapting the classics for modern readers

Join us as we discuss the sumptuous, sexy, and speculative adaptation of The Great Gatsby: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo. We adored Vo’s language, voice, and inventive storytelling and will give you a heads up for brief spoilers [20:35-25:00]. In addition to classic themes with a contemporary twist, we also discuss what… Continue reading 107. The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo and adapting the classics for modern readers

106. Revisit West Egg with Novel Pairings: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Readers, today we are taking it way back to September 2020 (a lifetime ago!) when we discussed The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This month’s book club is The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo (a Gatsby retelling) so we’re taking this opportunity to refresh our memories about the plot, characters, and themes of Fitzgerald’s iconic work. We… Continue reading 106. Revisit West Egg with Novel Pairings: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

104. The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare and pairings for theatrical, political, or fantastical readers

Today, Chelsey and Sara discuss Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth. It’s been awhile since we discussed a Shakespeare play and we’re thrilled to be back with the Bard for spooky season to chat about witches, ghosts, murder, and betrayal. Take a listen to hear us discuss why Macbeth feels different from other tragedies, the way… Continue reading 104. The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare and pairings for theatrical, political, or fantastical readers

103. Shakespearean titles to topple your To Be Read stack

Today, we are toppling your TBR with Shakespeare-inspired stories, retellings, and adaptations! We have ten books for you today, but there are so many more that we could have discussed. Join our community over on  Patreon for three additional recommendations from each of us!  Pairings Chelsey: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio Exit, Pursued… Continue reading 103. Shakespearean titles to topple your To Be Read stack

102. Perplexed by Persuasion on Netflix

Today, Chelsey and Sara are discussing the new Netflix film adaptation of Persuasion starring Dakota Johnson, Cormo Jarvis, and Henry Golding. We lament the anachronistic language, mull over the casting, and consider the obvious influences of Fleabag, Bridgerton, and Schitt’s Creek, all while attempting to figure out just what this movie had to say about… Continue reading 102. Perplexed by Persuasion on Netflix

100. Persuasion by Jane Austen and romantic novels with plenty of pining

It’s our 100th episode, readers! Thank you, thank you, thank you for coming along with us on this nerdy creative endeavor. We are immensely grateful for those of you who listen to the podcast, share it with friends, and support us on Patreon.  Today, we are talking about Persuasion by Jane Austen, often described as… Continue reading 100. Persuasion by Jane Austen and romantic novels with plenty of pining

99. Literary adaptations we can’t wait to read this fall99.

Welcome to fall, readers! Today, Sara & Chelsey dive into all things adaptations: why we enjoy them, when they fall short, and how adaptations fit into literary and pop culture conversations. We discuss how literature thrives on adaptations, and Sara shares some salty opinions. Subscribe to our newsletter for more resources on adaptations and the topics we… Continue reading 99. Literary adaptations we can’t wait to read this fall99.

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