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A weekly podcast about young adult literature, their filmic adaptations and everything in between.

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  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian feat. Dr. Debbie Reese

    30/08/2022 Duration: 59min

    We're wrapping up Book Four with a very special guest: Dr. Debbie Reese joins us to discuss Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Since this is Banned Book Club, we're also pulling in responses from listeners Miriam and Victoria. Expects LOTS of discuss about Alexie as a problematic figure, whose writing is marketable to white settler audiences but whose personal and professional actions have been irrevocably harmful to indigenous communities. It's a great conversation!Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:> Brenna: @brennacgray> Joe: @bstolemyremote> Dr. Reese: @debreese / WebsiteHave something longer to say? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

  • Anything's Possible (2022) feat. Terry Mesnard

    23/08/2022 Duration: 37min

    It's time for a trans rom com...or is it? Joe is joined by guest Terry Mesnard to discuss Billy Porter's directorial debut, 'Anything's Possible' (2022) which tries to awkwardly marry fantasy and reality to mixed results. We really appreciate that the leads with great chemistry (we're swooning for Abubakr Ali) and that the film doesn't redeem its villains, but it feels like screenwriter Ximena García Lecuona and Porter couldn't settle on a tone or message (grrr on that end credit dance sequence). 'Anything's Possible' is a noble failure, but we'd still watch a sequel in a heartbeat!Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:> Joe: @bstolemyremote> Terry: @gaylydreadfulHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

  • Moonshot (2022) feat. Jessica Scott

    16/08/2022 Duration: 33min

    With Brenna taking a breather, Joe recruits former guest Jessica Scott to launch into space with Chris Winterbauer's old school rom-com 'Moonshot' (2022) starring Cole Sprouse and Lana Condor.The film is both funnier and more clever than we anticipated considering the title makes no sense and HBO Max film has no budget for Mars effects. Carried by the charm of its leads (albeit with no romantic chemistry), 'Moonshot' has some interesting things to say about the environment, capitalism and greed. Oh, and the interiors of the ship are very cute and the robots are very fun!Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:> Joe: @bstolemyremote> Jessica: @WeWhoWalkHereHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:> Aug 18: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/pri

  • Crush (2022)

    09/08/2022 Duration: 31min

    We're head over heels in love...with King Pun! This week we're talking Sammi Cohen's lesbian/bi romance film Crush (2022) which features tons of representation, but not enough kissing. The film isn't perfect, but it is very enjoyable and that's enough for us. Plus: loving the adult actors, Brenna's track and field experience, bad art, and the challenges of casting queer actors to play straight.Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:> Brenna: @brennacgray> Joe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:> Aug 18: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

  • Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

    02/08/2022 Duration: 32min

    In advance of its fortieth anniversary, Brenna and Joe check out Amy Heckerling's 1982 film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. We discuss Cameron Crowe's investigative reporting, what has - and hasn't - changed in YA in 40 years, why sex and abortion don't seem like a big deal in the early 80s, and the cast that almost was.Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:> Brenna: @brennacgray> Joe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:> Aug 18: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

  • The Knife of Never Letting Go / Chaos Walking

    26/07/2022 Duration: 59min

    Mind your Noise because we're headed to New World for a discussion of Patrick Ness' famed first novel in the Chaos Walking series, The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008), as well as Doug Liman's long-delayed 2021 adaptation.This one is a struggle: not only is there plenty of walking, but the repetitive writing, the whimper of a climax and the disinterest in exploring colonialism (despite introducing it!) makes for frustrating reading. The film is watchable thanks to Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley's charm, but it fails to adapt large parts of the book and feels like a pretty standard big budget dystopian YA. Overall this is a mess...and the dog dies to boot!Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:> Brenna: @brennacgray> Joe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:> Aug 18: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman

  • Ms. Marvel

    19/07/2022 Duration: 55min

    It's embiggen time as we tackle many volumes of G. Willow Wilson's Ms. Marvel, as well as the entire six episodes of Bisha K. Ali's Disney+ TV series. We're both BIG Kamala Khan fans, so we were psyched to discuss the Brown girl from Jersey City who saves the world.Talking points: why Kamala is such a great character and why Iman Vellani is perfect to play her, the series' focus on her family, Bruno's disability arc in the comics and why we have no patience for those who criticize the Partition storyline.Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:> Brenna: @brennacgray> Joe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:> July 21: Cousins by Virginia Hamilton> Aug 18: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Wildhood

    12/07/2022 Duration: 38min

    We're delighted to be tackling a new queer Canadian Indigenous film with Bretten Hannam's Wildhood (2021).Featuring great teen performances and picturesque Nova Scotia landscapes, this road trip movie about a pair of two-spirited Mi'kmaw boys is beautifully shot by cinematographer Guy Godfree (Giant Little Ones). We have some quibbles with the leisurely pacing, the sex scene and the arbitrary use of subtitles, but we're happy to see another side of Atlantic Canadian represented onscreen.Reference: Herb Wyile. Anne of Tim Hortons: Globalization and the Reshaping of Atlantic-Canadian Literature. Wilfrid Laurier University PressWanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:> Brenna: @brennacgray> Joe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:> July 21: Cousins by Virginia Hamilton> Aug 18: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indi

  • The Sky Is Everywhere

    05/07/2022 Duration: 56min

    It's time for a Brenna pick as we tackle Jandy Nelson's 2010 story of sibling grief, as well as Josephine Decker's 2022 adaptation. It's a bit magical, a bit too busy and filled with extremely messy characters who are grieving.The film is visually exciting, but sometimes feels at odds with its emotional resonance (and features no chemistry between either love pair). Overall: Brenna teared up and Joe found it too long.Reference: "Josephine Decker Talks ‘The Sky Is Everywhere,’ Visualizing Emotions & More [Interview]" The Playlist.Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:> Brenna: @brennacgray> Joe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:> July 21: Cousins by Virginia Hamilton> Aug 18: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Wetlands (Banned Book Club 6)

    28/06/2022 Duration: 46min

    Wanna read/watch something gross? Well we have you covered! This month's Banned Book Club is tackling Charlotte Roche's notorious, controversial German bestseller Wetlands (2008) and David Wnendt's 2013 film adaptation.Using insights from Laura (who originally brought this to our attention), as well as Miriam, Juha, Victoria and Tea, Books & Chocolate, we tackle the gross out factor, ponder the "feminist" interpretation, and critique the ending.Plus: why is the film more palatable? How delightful is star Carla Juri? And, that age old question: are we just prudes?Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:> Brenna: @brennacgray> Joe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:> July 21: Cousins by Virginia Hamilton> Aug 18: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and o

  • Love, Victor Season 3 feat. Terry Mesnard

    21/06/2022 Duration: 56min

    It's the end of the road for Disney+ & Hulu's Love, Victor, which is sad and disappointing. Sad because Brenna, Joe and special guest Terry Mesnard still love these characters, and disappointing because this final season...isn't very good.Whether it was always designed to end here, these last eight episodes seem to forget basic plot and character beats from earlier seasons, particularly issues of class.Plus: Doing Pilar dirty, our eternal love for Felix and male friendships and discussion about Victor's "Bravery" (aka Gay) award.Joe & Terry's written coverage:-Love, Victor S3 Part 1. Gayly Dreadful-Love, Victor S3 Part 2. QueerHorrorMoviesWanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:-Brenna: @brennacgray-Joe: @bstolemyremote-Terry: @gaylydreadfulHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:-June 23: Wetlands by Charlotte Roche-July 23: Cousins by Virgin

  • Heartstopper

    14/06/2022 Duration: 55min

    We're late to the party, but it's time to talk about the exceedingly cute Heartstopper, which has taken the world by storm!The family friendly queer Netflix juggernaut is adorkable in both comic and TV form, and while we take issue with the suggestion that this is an "ideal" for queer media depiction, the inclusion of a trans girl, male bisexuality and male eating disorders is important.Plus: Tao's less complicated TV interpretation, why Isaac is Joe's fave, and MVP stuntcasting from Stephen Fry and Olivia Colman. Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:-Brenna: @brennacgray-Joe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:-June 23: Wetlands by Charlotte Roche-July 23: Cousins by Virginia Hamilton See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Back To 15

    07/06/2022 Duration: 35min

    For the first time in the show's history, we travel to South America to discuss Netflix's Brazilian series Back To 15. The time travel series features likeable actors and a fun, Being Erica-esque premise about fixing the mistakes of the past, though it maintains too tight a focus on Anita at the expense of its more interesting supporting cast.We talk about the odd North American critiques of the show, debate about what is "messy interesting" and Joe has some issues with the trans storyline. Overall this is slight, but mostly fun!Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:-Brenna: @brennacgray-Joe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:-June 23: Wetlands by Charlotte Roche-July 23: Cousins by Virginia Hamilton See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Wonder

    31/05/2022 Duration: 53min

    Ohhh we're nervous for this one! We know that RJ Palacio's 2012 book Wonder and Stephen Chbosky's 2017 film adaptation have a lot of devoted fans and while we're able to acknowledge the light it has shone on disability, we have some pretty major reservations about the storytelling (in the book) and the casting (in the film). From Palacio's inspiration for the story (and the creation of her Wonder mini-empire) to Auggie's perfection to the fear of acknowledging that this is disability to the inspiration porn of it all. Plus: why is Via the most interesting character? Why is class, race and queer sidelined? Why were disabled actors auditioned if the role went to an able-bodied actor? Problems, problems, problemsReferences:> Carly Findlay. “My concerns about Wonder the film (and how to talk to your kids about Wonder)”> Ariel Henley. “What “Wonder” Gets Wrong About Disfigurement and Craniofacial Disorders.” Teen Vogue> Ariel Henley. ‘Wonder Is a 'Feel-Good' Movie That Needed More Realism.’ The Atla

  • Go Ask Alice (Banned Book Club 5)

    24/05/2022 Duration: 41min

    Write this in your diary: this month's Banned Book Club entry is Go Ask Alice, the 1970s "true story" and runaway bestseller that is completely and utterly ridiculous.We're not only making fun of Beatrice Sparks' lousy writing, but also how profiteering scheme. Listeners getting in on the fun and exasperation include Victoria, Miriam, Sophie, Gavin and Tea, Books & Chocolate who take note of the fatphobia, the ethical issues and the book's curious relationship to queerness.Plus: Sparks' other 'Anonymous' diaries, why this book is actually an important time capsule and overall mockery and disdain for the text. References:- Daniel Mallory Ortberg. "Lines From Go Ask Alice That, In Hindsight, Should Have Tipped Me Off That This Was Not A True Story" The Toast- Frankie Thomas. "A Queer Reading of Go Ask Alice." The Paris Review- Caitlin White. "Go Ask Alice Lives in Controversy." BustleWanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:- Brenna: @brennacgray- Joe:

  • If I Stay

    17/05/2022 Duration: 48min

    Brenna and Joe return to the liminal space between living and death for a discussion of Gayle Foreman's 2009 novel If I Stay and its 2014 film adaptation by RJ Cutler. Brenna grates against the prioritization of the romance, preferring Foreman's more complicated sequel, while Joe critiques the disappointing visual depiction of Mia's condition and Chloë Grace Moretz's bored performance. On the positive side, we think this is better than Before I Fall, and that the film features the best YA parents since Easy A. Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:> Brenna: @brennacgray> Joe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:> May 19: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous> June 23: Wetlands by Charlotte Roche See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Lumberjanes

    10/05/2022 Duration: 26min

    With summer around the corner, Brenna and Joe opt for a feel good, comfort food minisode on Lumberjanes, the wildly feminist adventure comic (we read Volumes 1-3 for this episode). We discuss why the long running comic was so successful, its effortless representation and why we're still a little iffy about that animated HBO Max adaptation.Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:-Brenna: @brennacgray-Joe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:-May 19: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous-June 23: Wetlands by Charlotte Roche See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Derby Girl / Whip It

    03/05/2022 Duration: 49min

    Lace up those skates because we are hitting the rink with Shauna Cross' 2007 novel Derby Girl and Drew Barrymore's 2009 directorial debut, Whip It. In addition to focusing on female friendship, the texts are a celebration of roller derby, which is brought to life exceedingly well in the film!The book is a very fast read that's totally fine, but we're slightly frustrated by Bliss as a boring protagonist, especially in comparison to Elliot Page's inspired lead performance in the film.Plus: BINGO buses, sucky band boyfriends, daddy/daughter bonding and that stacked film cast (who look like they're having an absolute blast).Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:Brenna: @brennacgrayJoe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:May 19: Go Ask Alice by AnonymousJune 23: Wetlands by Charlotte Roche See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out

  • George / Melissa (Banned Book Club 4)

    26/04/2022 Duration: 45min

    We're telling off the transphobes and celebrating radical queer joy with our latest Banned Books conversation on Alex Gino's wonderful Melissa (originally published as George). This *wholly* appropriate Middle Grade book about a young trans girl coming out amidst a production of Charlotte's Web is exactly what the world needs more of, so you better believe Brenna and Joe are on a tear about its status as the #1 banned and challenged book THREE YEARS RUNNING. Thanks to listeners Miriam, Victoria, Sophie and Tea, Books & Chocolate for their wonderful contributions to the discussion.Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:Brenna: @brennacgrayJoe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:May 19: Go Ask Alice by AnonymousJune 23: Wetlands by Charlotte Roche See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Better Nate Than Ever

    19/04/2022 Duration: 49min

    This week, Brenna and Joe are headed to Broadway to discuss Tim Federle's 2013 Middle Grade book and his 2022 Disney+ adaptation. We love the Adventures in Babysitting vibe of the book, which has real stakes as Nate navigates the dangers of NY through rose-coloured glasses. The film mistakenly gives best friend Libby (played well by Aria Brooks) and older brother Anthony (played horribly by Joshua Bassett) more to do...to the film's detriment.Plus: why this film is the perfect synthesis of Disney's current "Don't Say Gay" woes, and co-star Lisa Kudrow's terrible hair and gorgeous Queens apartment. Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:Brenna: @brennacgrayJoe: @bstolemyremoteHave something longer to say or a comment about banned book club? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com or tweet us your responses before the following deadlines:April 19: George (or Melissa) by Alex GinoMay 19: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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