The Truth About ‘Happily Ever After’

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Rebecca Kordesh, Director
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February is the month of love, apparently, and here at Backroom Whispering Productions we are having a lot of fun thinking about love and literature and all the many facets of that rather broad category. My husband and I did an interview about being writing partners as well as life partnersAkhi wrote an engaging post about what he learned about love from reading fantasyThe Book Table did a Valentine’s Day special about sex in fantasy literature and how it’s handled across the genre; and Dorothy wrote a fantastic blog post to follow it.

All of this thinking about love and literature got me musing about the concept of “happily ever after” in fantasy literature and the way the happily ever after trope has played into my real life and into my writing life. I am not ashamed to admit my love of romantic fantasy; indeed, I am far more likely to pick up a book if it has one of those cliche “until she meets ____” or “the boy who may be her undoing, or her salvation” lines in the synopsis. Sometimes, if those lines are missing, I’ll read the end of the book before I decide to read it to see if it seems like there is a resolution to a love story.

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TBT 06: Sex in Fantasy Literature

In this special Valentine’s Day episode, a panel of Whisperers teases apart different ways sex is treated (or ignored) in fantasy literature. We cover works from Harry Potter to Anita Blake and all sorts in between. We recommend that only mature audiences join us for this lively discussion of “the juicy bits” of fantasy!

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In this episode you heard from:
Stephen (Moderator)
Dorothy | @bwp_dorothy
Madeleine | @madnbooks
Rebecca | @rumy91989
Dave |
Akhi | @akhipill
Thomas |

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TBT Special: Writers’ Nook 05: Writing Partners, Life Partners

Join us for a special interview with Dave and Rebecca Kordesh, a recently (almost a month!) married couple who fell in love while plotting a novel. Hear how that novel is going and how they manage to be writing partners and romantic partners!

In this episode you heard from:
Dorothy | @bwp_dorothy
Rebecca | @rumy91989
Dave | 

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TBT 05: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

In this episode we discuss the “Japanese-inspired Steampunk dystopia” novel Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff. We liked parts, but weren’t so enthused about others – let us know what you thought, listeners!

Spoilers start at about 28:48.



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You can find Jay Kristoff on Twitter or on his website.

In this episode you heard from:
Dorothy | @bwp_dorothy
Madeleine | @madnbooks | youtube.com/madnbooks
Rebecca | @rumy91989
Shelly | @shllybkwrm
Stephen

The Book Table is a podcast from Backroom Whispering Productions. Our theme music is by Mark Wayne.

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Top 4 Reasons Rebecca Writes Women

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Rebecca Kordesh, Director
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A COMPANION TO NANOSODE 04

As a follow-up to our January 13th Nanosode, and to Madeleine’s brilliant post about it, I thought I’d take a minute to think a bit more about why I almost exclusively write female POVs. I thought about writing a nice hefty dissertation on gender issues in society and the difficulties females often face when entering a designated male sphere, but as my co-worker constantly reminds me: it’s best to make information snackable. Ain’t nobody got time for a dissertation. So here we are: a snackable list (YUM!) plus some pretty pictures because we are all children at heart.

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Character Gender Fluidity

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Madeleine Cassier
Producer
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A COMPANION TO NANOSODE 04

Very recently, I discussed POV characters with Rebecca, specifically trying to examine our opposite predilections as it pertained to the genders of our written POV characters: I predominantly write a male voice, whereas she leans towards the female.

While this was something to which I had truly never given much thought, our initial conversation sparked some thinking about my hitherto unexplored process by which I genesis my characters. Specifically, I began to realize that characters are “born” inside my head with near-100% gender fluidity or neutrality.

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TBT Special: Writers’ Nook 04

Your NaNoWriMo 2015 winners are back! Madeleine and Rebecca have a discussion over character genders, especially why they think they have opposite predilections from each other when it comes to choosing their characters’ genders. 

In this episode you heard from:
Madeleine  |  @madnbooks  |  youtube.com/madnbooks
Rebecca | @rumy91989

The Book Table is a podcast from Backroom Whispering Productions.  Our theme music is by Mark Wayne.  

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TBT 04: Religion in YA Literature

Happy Holidays! Members of Backroom Whispering got together just before Christmas to discuss how religion is discussed and used in YA literature, including but not limited to His Dark Materials, Harry Potter, and the Chronicles of Narnia. We had a lot of different thoughts, so we hope you enjoy! Continue the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

In this episode you heard from:
Moderator: Dorothy | @bwp_dorothy
Akhi | @akhipill
Madeleine | @madnbooks | youtube.com/madnbooks
Rebecca | @rumy91989
Louisa | @otterbewriting
Sara (read by Dorothy) | @fantasticpiggy

The Book Table is a podcast from Backroom Whispering Productions. Our theme music is by Mark Wayne.

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TBT 03: His Dark Materials

In this episode of The Book Table, we discuss the series His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. We had a lot to say on this topic, if an hour and a half is too much there’s a built-in pause-and-stretch-break with our spoiler cut at 35:47. If you would like spoiler-free content, feel free to stop listening at that point.

This episode is also available on YouTube, iTunes, and your favorite podcast apps: just search “The Book Table!”

In this episode you heard from:
Madeleine | @madnbooks | youtube.com/madnbooks
Rebecca | @rumy91989
Shelly | @shllybkwrm
Dorothy | @bwp_dorothy

The Book Table is a podcast from Backroom Whispering Productions. Our theme music is by Mark Wayne.
If you liked this podcast, rate us on iTunes! Or get in touch with us:
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Email | BackroomWhispering@gmail.com

 

 

TBT Special: Writers’ Nook 03

We had many fearless Whisperers participate in National Novel Writing Month this past November…and not all of them were entirely successful. In this third special Nanosode, hear from two of our Whisperers who didn’t quite manage to make that coveted 50,000 word mark.

In this episode you heard from:
Dorothy  |  @bwp_dorothy
Shelly  |  @shllybkwrm

The Book Table is a podcast from Backroom Whispering Productions.  Our theme music is by Mark Wayne.  

If you liked this podcast, rate us on iTunes!  Or get in touch with us:

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Email  |  BackroomWhispering@gmail.com