60. Ender’s Game

Matthew and Kaylia discuss such topics as: Is it a kid’s book or just a book about kids? What is the message, lesson, or argument of the book? Is Ender more victim or hero? How blameless is he really? Plus all the controversy about the author and a warning not to meet your heroes. Enjoy!

Ender’s Game: The Ender’s Game series (often referred to as the Ender saga and also the Enderverse) is a series of science fiction books written by American author Orson Scott Card. The series started with the 1977 short story Ender’s Game, which was later expanded into the 1985 novel of the same name. It currently consists of 15 novels, thirteen short stories, 47 comic issues, an audio play, and a film. The first two novels in the series, Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead, each won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and were among the most influential novels of the 1980s

Ender’s Game is a 2013 American military science fiction action film based on Orson Scott Card‘s 1985 novel of the same name. Written and directed by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military academy in space to prepare for a future alien invasion. The supporting cast includes Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, and Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Ben Kingsley.

Special Guest

Matthew aka The Ghosthropologist

Host of the Ghosthropology Podcast

Matthew is an archeologist by trade, a ghost story aficionado by hobby, a guitarist by practice, and Kaylia’s husband by pure luck. You can email him at ghosthropology@gmail.com

This Pages and Popcorn Podcast episode was produced by Kaylia Metcalfe and featured “Pages and Popcorn Podcast Theme” / M.D. Arms

Book and movie recap runs from 3.55 – 14.51

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Show Notes / Sources

August Pop-In Event

Previous episodes with Matthew: The Big Sleep, King Solomon’s Mines, and Amityville Horror

Starship Troopers: Book… and film…. And no, we have not covered it …. yet

Last Starfighter


The Expanse

Manhattan Project

Stranger in a Strange Land

4th Indiana Jones movie / Note… an upcoming Ghosthropology episode will discuss a “haunted crystal skull”… 

Wild Wild West

Prop 8

Our episode for Fahrenheit 451

Our episode for Minority Report

JK Rowling Controversy

50 Shades of Grey Controversy

Kevin Spacey Controversy

Chick-Fil-A Controversy

Our episode for High Fidelity

2001 Space Odyssey 

Battlefield Earth


Interview where Card is an ass: https://www.salon.com/2000/02/03/card/

Book vs movie: https://slate.com/culture/2013/11/enders-game-movie-different-from-the-book-in-important-political-ways.html

another book vs movie: https://www.diabolicalplots.com/review-enders-game-movie-vs-book/

Twisted Mind of Ender’s Game… https://www.salon.com/2013/10/30/the_twisted_mind_of_enders_game/




Published by kayliametcalfe

Queer,loudmouth,skeptical-agnostic-pagan,book addict,coffee lover,wine drinker, SAHM,writer,editor,producer,podcaster. -She/her

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