Category: At the End of Our Trope

Episode 43 – At The End of Our Trope: The Exceptional Woman

For the first time in nearly three years, Robin, Ollie, and I find ourselves At the End of Our Trope! What is the Exceptional Woman? Why is she so goddamned exasperating? Find out in this week’s episode of Papercuts Podcast! Articles Discussed Unfavorite Tropes, Part 1…

Episode 29 – Princesses

Hey guys! We’re back with our last guest-hosted discussion before Robin runs off to college for a few weeks! This time, blogger Whitley Birks of Reading with a Vengeance was kind enough to join us for a discussion about princesses opulent, stabbity, and woeful in young…

Episode 28 – The Mary Sue

We’re back with another fun guest-hosted discussion! This time, my friend Maverynthia stopped by to talk about the Mary Sue! What even IS a Mary Sue anymore? And are they really all that bad? So what do you guys think? Mary Sue: yay or nay? Can…

Episode 18 – Agency

Another episode! What is this, regularly scheduled madness?!? This week, our super awesome special and sexily-accented (and media studies major!) guest Shiori joins us to help discuss agency in young adult literature, and maaaaaybe also in media in general. What is agency? How do you determine…

Episode 8 – At the End of Our Trope: Alpha Bitches

Take your typical setting involving teenagers — say, a High School — wait an establishing scene or two or three, and there she is. See that attractive blonde cheerleader looking down her nose often literally and sneering at the frumpy girl in glasses? That’s her. Ollie,…

Love Triangle

Episode 5 – At the End of Our Trope: Love Triangles

We’re back, and we come bearing a new segment: At the End of Our Trope, where we discuss tropes and cliches that make us want to punch kittens. This week we’re complaining about discussing the bane of YA’s existence, the dreaded ~love triangle~. We try to…