48. The Dressmaker

Kaylia and Jennifer talk about this Australian “gothic” novel turned Australian melodrama movie. We ask the burning questions: How many characters is too many characters? Does it count as LGBTQ representation when it’s a secret? Where is the church? How much tragedy can one dressmaker take? How do you fix this novel? Yes, we have answers to all of these and more. Happy listening!

47. Like Water For Chocolate

Kaylia and, special guest Claudya, discuss the book and movie: Like Water For Chocolate. Join us for a conversation about magical realism, the true tragic characters, the trouble with translations, the subversive feminist qualities, and the disappointment of Pedro. Plus, Kaylia continues her trend of not being able to pronounce anything properly. She’s working on it, and she’s sorry. All that plus a reminder that there is no hierarchy for what lights your fire, errr, matches. You do you!

46. Enola Holmes

Kaylia and, special guest host, Leah talk about this YA novel turned movie. We discuss crappy parenting choices, crappy writing choices, and how charming Mille Bobby Brown is. Was Enola a Mary Sue, a perfect iteration of a young naive girl, a heroine worth rooting for, or maybe a bit of everything? We also discuss the gross misogyny of Sherlock, the villainess of Mycroft, and how the movie really, really, changed the tone, characters, scope, point, and overall EVERYTHING-ness of the book. Plus Kaylia can’t decide if the French words in this English world written by the American author should get the French, English, or American/Kaylia pronunciation.

45. Charlotte’s Web

Kaylia and her special guest (8-year-old Ella) discuss the classic Charlotte’s Web, the classic 1973 Charlotte’s Web, and then the 2006 Charlotte’s Web… is it also destined to be a classic? What changes from book to movie to movie worked? Which changes didn’t? Is it cool to talk about death so much in a kid’s book or is it ok because of the songs and cuteness? All this and more in our episode!

42. Hillbilly Elegy

Kaylia and Jennifer solve the problems of the working poor not through religion or education but through stricter domestic violence laws and exposure to other cultures. No, not really. But wouldn’t that be nice? What we actually do is try to find the kernels of good stuff in the book and movie, bemoan the lack of Mamaw and Lindsey’s stories, and trumpet the awesomeness of Planned Parenthood. Hillbilly Elegy: Book and movie… are they worth your time?

39. Amityville Horror

The story about abusive relationships, fighting against changing cultural norms, the victory of the self-sufficient American hero, the rejection of authority, and eschewing of the very institutions that should be able to make sense of the supernatural world… And a giant pig.

That’s right, it’s our very special crossover Halloween episode: The Amityville Horror!