Episode 20 – Welcome Back!

We liiiiiiiiiiiive! After an, er, brief absence, the gang is back together to catch up and discuss the state of YA in 2014. Topics include the manuscript wish list, Maze Runner, hipster gods, failed kickstarters, sacred tomes, the Mako Mori test, and Ollie’s upcoming original production, White Guys Can’t Drive Jaegers, among other things.

Also, be sure to listen to the end to get scoop on our upcoming giveaway! Ollie has a shitton of books, and she’s ready to share…

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It’s been so long, we missed you guys! What did you do on your summer vacation? Are there any books you consider sacred? Any trends we missed that you noticed? Let us know in the comments!


Theme music is Overnight, by Aya.

WARNING: NSFW! Mature audiences only! Contains salty language, subversive ideas, industry-challenging discussions, and nuts.


9 Comments

  • RobotLurker

    November 7, 2014

    As the other Australian listener who isn’t Shiori, I have to say I am totally interested in getting free shitty books because then I would finally be able to THROW BOOKS AT THE WALL IN RAGE, and if I did so I feel like you guys would reach through the internet to pat my head because I’ve finally accomplished the “I read too much shitty YA” initiation.

    But I will also say that I love your podcast even without the incentive of free things. I listen to two podcasts – yours and Writing Excuses, but yours is DEFINITELY my favourite because of how you’ll go on a tangent and just follow it for twenty minutes because you DON’T GIVE NO FUCKS. It feels like I’m sitting at a coffee table unashamedly eavesdropping like some kind of Edward Cullen-esque creeper while a heap of friends nerd out about books and bitch about everything that’s wrong with them. (Seriously I could listen to Cyna and Ollie [I hope that’s right I get the names mixed up] bitch about THE HIPSTER WHITE GUY SAVIOUR OF YA for literally an hour, and it would be the best thing I’ve heard all year.)

    I just don’t comment on things because I’m a lurker, but I think you’re all awesome <3

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    • Cyna

      Cyna

      November 12, 2014

      omigod another Australian listener, Shiori, you’re off the hook!

      Seriously though, thanks for all the kind words. We’re super embarrassingly happy that you’re listening to and enjoying the podcast, and we cannot wait to induct you into the Reads Too Much Shitty YA Club. You won’t enjoy the hazing. <3

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    • draconismoi

      November 30, 2014

      I don’t know if my damage deposit could withstand the truly shitty YA books…..because there would be swearing, stomping, throwing – and possibly burning in effigy.

      I always have wonderfully insightful comments – the problem is that I make them as I am listening to the podcast. In my car.

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      • Cyna

        Cyna

        December 12, 2014

        See, that’s why you only read in public. That way, if you need to make up an impromptu effigy, there’s no damage to your own property.

        That’s no excuse! Internetting while driving isn’t THAT dangerous…

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  • Elspeth Grey

    November 7, 2014

    I’m a little surprised you didn’t cover the whole “fantasy or sci-fi ~dark~ fairy tale retellings” as a trend. I know it’s been going on for years, but it’s just not dying. (Things are bad when someone’s doing a gritty fantasy version of The Nutcracker. At least, that’s how this is being marketed – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18475593-winterspell?from_search=true)

    As for directions for the podcast, I really loved your “agency” show. Literary themes like that seem to provide a lot of interesting material along with a clear theme for the show.

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    • Cyna

      Cyna

      November 12, 2014

      Shit, I completely forgot about the fairytales tbh, but you’re totally right. I remember seeing that book and being like “FFS The Nutcracker” and then laughing at the review that talked about her being “statuesexual”. Maybe we could do an episode on that kind of stuff eventually, bc feels, I have them.

      I’m glad you liked the agency cast, that’s one of my favs, too. Did you have any suggestions for any literary topics on hand? I’d love to have something new and interesting to research.

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      • Elspeth Grey

        November 30, 2014

        The original “Nutcracker and the Mouse King” story is ALREADY basically a novella, come on people. (I feel like Twilight popularized being statuesexual, but certainly not to the extent that book seems to take it.)

        Maybe an episode on voice? I think it could be a particularly relevant topic to YA with the craze for first person narrators.

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  • Maverynthia

    November 10, 2014

    Maze Runner was written by a dude, with lots of dudes and only one girl soo…
    There you go. SO much that even a Singapore newspaper commented on the lack of women in it. So it’s dudes writing about dudes again which is why I won’t read Maze Runner.

    Also I’m up for free shitty books 😀 I’ll tear them apart in a review if you’ve seen my GoodReads/BookLikes ;3

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    • Cyna

      Cyna

      November 12, 2014

      Yeah that’s another of the reasons I wasn’t all up in that. Turns out, it was a super-good inclination and I’m saddened I didn’t follow it.

      Mwahahahaha, the giveaway is coming, perhaps you’ll score some loot…

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