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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror
55 minutes | 11 days ago
Language & Power – with Genevieve Cogman
We constantly discuss themes, stereotypes and assumptions in popular culture, but we don’t often stop to look more closely at the way those issues are expressed. I’m talking about language, and its ability to explore ideas in a highly nuanced way. Phrases like “bad language”, “common parlance” – even “trigger warning” – all carry social […] The post Language & Power - with Genevieve Cogman first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
60 minutes | 25 days ago
Or ‘Extraneous Fangirling’ as I subtitled this episode while editing it. And in truth there is a fair bit of fangirling, but there’s also a lot of critical reflection to go with it. Because when we looked back at the books and shows we enjoyed as kids, we found some unsettling similarities. We remembered female […] The post Childhood Heroines first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
41 minutes | a month ago
Reclaiming the vampire – with Vivian Shaw
Just in time for Halloween, we spoke to author Vivian Shaw about everyone’s favourite “monster” – the vampire! Immortal vampires have occupied the human imagination for centuries. Whether you prefer the Twilight, Buffy or Bram Stoker type, don’t expect them to turn to dust any time soon. We talked to Vivian about her Greta Helsing […] The post Reclaiming the vampire - with Vivian Shaw first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
The invisibility of women with V.E. Schwab
Women have always played important roles throughout history, yet too often they are written out of official histories. We have touched on this before on our podcast, referencing essays like Kameron Hurley’s ‘We Have Always Fought’. This cultural pattern has effectively made women invisible – we have been silenced and marginalised. V.E. Schwab’s new novel, The […] The post The invisibility of women with V.E. Schwab first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
43 minutes | 2 months ago
A magical education with Naomi Novik
There are some genre tropes that are ubiquitous in fantasy, from the ensemble quest to overthrowing a dark lord. Magical schools are yet another trope we have come to know and love. Whether you are a fan of early narratives like Le Guin’s Wizard of Earthsea or appreciate the darker elements of more contemporary entries […] The post A magical education with Naomi Novik first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Into the Wood – with Emily Tesh
Humanity is intrinsically bound up with nature and the natural world. We are its creatures, we depend on it for survival, we fear it, love it, deify it…and we’ve become quite good at killing it. Ours is a complex relationship as old as the species. And people have been documenting this relationship – first in […] The post Into the Wood - with Emily Tesh first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
54 minutes | 3 months ago
The Cabin in the Woods: horror, comedy & choice
Variously listed as a horror, comedy and fantasy film by different websites, one thing is certain: Cabin in the Woods, by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, defies easy labelling. Is this a send-up of the horror genre in the style of Scary Movie? Is it a rumination on choice and self determination? Or does it […] The post The Cabin in the Woods: horror, comedy & choice first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
56 minutes | 4 months ago
Aberrant and broken magic with Melissa Caruso
Many of our favourite narratives feature outsiders. They might be alone by virtue of the burden of prophecy, come from the wrong side of the tracks, or simply don’t adhere to behaviour and interests their society expects of them, we see these tropes pop up all over the place. After all, following an outsider protagonist […] The post Aberrant and broken magic with Melissa Caruso first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
Gender in Chivalric Romance
The Story of Silence is based on a 13th century French chivalric romance, distinguished by its prominent discussion of gender. Reimagined by Alex Myers, we found it to be a compelling exploration of transgender identity in an oppressively binary medieval society – and we just had to talk to Alex about it! At its heart, […] The post Gender in Chivalric Romance first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
44 minutes | 4 months ago
Mermaids with Beth Cartwright
Traditional stories of mermaids describe the creatures as beautiful maidens who sing sweetly as they lounge on rocks and comb their long, flowing hair… but like sirens, mermaids lure sailors to their death with their beauty and song. The less popular of the merfolk, mermen, were not blessed with the beauty of their feminine counterparts, […] The post Mermaids with Beth Cartwright first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
57 minutes | 5 months ago
Deconstructing the Chosen One – with Veronica Roth
We have long been obsessed with the chosen one. This ubiquitous archetype has spawned thousands of heroic narratives involving a prophecy and a great evil to be overcome. But in recent years, we’re seeing less and less of the standard trope, and more subversions, which have contributed to the rise of the antihero, and the […] The post Deconstructing the Chosen One – with Veronica Roth first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
52 minutes | 5 months ago
Addressing our biases
Entrenched racism is all around us. This is not a new phenomenon nor the first time racism has been headline news – and yet we have a seemingly incredible ability to forget the atrocities committed daily as long as they aren’t at the top of the news cycle. We can’t continue being intermittently outraged before […] The post Addressing our biases first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
56 minutes | 6 months ago
Horror and isolation with Melinda Salisbury
You know the drill, you are alone in the middle of a foggy field and there’s no one within miles… except the person following you. There’s no one coming to help you. Isolation is an ever-present theme in horror fiction, one that has become part of reality for many of us recently. But isolation doesn’t […] The post Horror and isolation with Melinda Salisbury first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
62 minutes | 6 months ago
Back to the 80s: Willow
Well, it’s that time again: 80s family film funtime! Today we are looking at 1988’s Willow, starring Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer, directed by Ron Howard with a story by George Lucas. But first, let’s set the scene. It is a time of dread. Seers have foretold the birth of a child who will bring […] The post Back to the 80s: Willow first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
56 minutes | 7 months ago
Monster. Freak. Beast. These words are often thrown around, but what do we really mean when we use them? What is a monster? Why are they so central to our narratives? Like many of the issues we discuss on this podcast, the idea of monstrosity features built-in sexism. Male and female-coded monsters are often given […] The post Gendering monsters first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
55 minutes | 7 months ago
Narration and ambiguity with Camilla Bruce
When we pick up a book, we know we’re going to be told a story. We trust the author or, in the case of first-person POV the narrator, to tell us the truth. We might be reading about vengeful ghosts or glorious dragons that take our imagination to the very limits of creativity, but we […] The post Narration and ambiguity with Camilla Bruce first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
62 minutes | 8 months ago
Finding the magic in magical realism – with Natasha Pulley
Speculative fiction has always been a genre that challenges traditional views and established ways of seeing. We regularly discuss how the worlds that genre authors create are arenas in which it’s possible to tackle social narratives away from conventional models. But no genre can really be said to straddle fantasy and reality like magical realism. […] The post Finding the magic in magical realism - with Natasha Pulley first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
61 minutes | 8 months ago
Power through a gendered lens with Menna Van Praag
It has long been obvious that our world’s power structures are set up to benefit men, so how does women’s power play out in our narratives? What happens when women are suddenly given a power they are usually deprived of? Menna Van Praag joins us to discuss power in its gendered form. Is there enough […] The post Power through a gendered lens with Menna Van Praag first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
63 minutes | 9 months ago
Cosmic horror with Premee Mohamed
Cosmic horror is an unhelpful term by itself. HP Lovecraft himself is quoted as saying that: The fundamental premise [of cosmic horror is] that common human laws and interest and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large.’ But Wikipedia seems to bring this down to a more personal level when it states: […] The post Cosmic horror with Premee Mohamed first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
53 minutes | 9 months ago
Back to the 80s: Ladyhawke
The three of us are children of the 80s and like many of our generation, we love to revel in nostalgia. For us, this has meant revisiting some of our favourite fantasy films of that decade: Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, The Princess Bride… and now Ladyhawke. Ladyhawke was released in 1985 to fairly average reviews. The […] The post Back to the 80s: Ladyhawke first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.
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