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Marginalia #8: Shemar Moore is a Beautiful Man

This week we go a-wandering through a number of different topics. There are books we like that other people didn't like (and vice versa), the early works of Stephen King (and their adaptations), Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, JK Rowling and the never ending additions to the Harry Potter universe, Game of Thrones, Outlander, Coronation Street, Shemar Moore-- It's A Lot. We also take a look at the top 15 children's books, according to a survey by CILIP. Here we...


Episode 12 - 13 Reasons Why (aka Teenage Suicide: Don't Do It!)

This week Jensine, Candice, and Lindsey tackle both the 2007 novel 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and the 2017 Netflix series based off of the book. We discuss issues of sensationalism, debate if the main character is a Gary Stu, and discuss whether or not authors have a responsibility to the well-being of their readers. Whether you liked the book better, the Netflix series better, didn't like either, didn't understand either, or didn't bother to watch the show and don't know what everyone's...


Marginalia #7: And the Appropriation Prize for Dickery Goes To...

This week we look at the appropriation prize controversy sending ripples through the Canadian literary scene. We think about what appropriation is, why it's such a problem, and what underlies it. We also briefly address the latest in Marvel Comics' attempts to make everything terrible -- namely, Captain Hydra and the cancellation of a Black Panther title. Also, why do Marvel Comics make such terrible business decisions? We have no answers.


Marginalia #4: DC Comics Are Probably Shitty Too

This week, Jensine and Candice look at comments made recently by a Marvel Comics exec, which blamed a decline in sales figures on the inclusion of more women and diverse characters in Marvel titles. We ponder whether this is true, why it almost certainly isn't, and think up a few other reasons for a fall in sales. We also ponder whether Hydra are Nazis, why villain!Steve Rogers is terrible, and if sticking with historically white characters because they're historically white is a bad...


Episode 8 - History Is All You Left Me (aka Life Lesson 1: Don't Sniff Glue)

For this week's episode, we review 'History Is All You Left Me' by Adam Silvera. We discuss great narrative choices, weak spots, and why Theo wasn't a complete arsehole (even though he totally was). We also ponder what we would have liked more of -- and what was left unresolved. This episode also contains some important life lessons learned the hard way, such as: * Don't sniff glue * Don't pretend to be dead * Don't later divulge the lies you told your parents on a podcast that your mother...


Marginalia #3: Nobody Wants Sad Porn

In this week's episode we talk about the flip side of reading: writing stories. We discuss how fanfiction is a great training ground for writing fiction, whether productivity trackers work, and just how long it should take to write a novella. We also invite you to join our Camp Nanowrimo cabin, and get sidetracked from the main conversation roughly 128 times. Date of recording: 26th March 2017 Find us on Twitter: @NiceYoungPeople Email us at: niceyoungpeople at gmail dot com Theme music:...


Episode 7 - The Hate U Give (aka The One Without a Cast List)

This week sees Jensine and Lindsey review what may be the biggest YA book of 2017: Angie Thomas' 'The Hate U Give'. We discuss why this book is so powerful, it's potential future on school reading lists, and just what we love the most about it. We also forget most of the character's names at least once...which is still better than when we try to remember our own names! Also: Candice wants you all to know that she loves the book and most of the characters. Except Chris. He isn't terrible,...


Marginalia #2: Staying In Your Lane (And Other Cautionary Tales)

This week we have a discussion about whether authors should 'stay in their lane' -- that is, write main characters who share a background, culture or experiences similar to their own. We also look at the curious case of Joseph Boyden, who has built a successful career as an author by lying about his supposed First Nations heritage. Finally, we wrap up with some brief mentions of bookish news that caught our eye during the week. Date of recording: 12th March 2017 Find us on Twitter:...


Episode 6 - The Sun Is Also a Star (aka Always Here For a Nice Ambiguous Ending)

Episode 6 - The Sun Is Also a Star (aka Always Here For a Nice Ambiguous Ending) This week's NYP review book is 'The Sun Is Also a Star' by Nicola Yoon. We ponder the immigrant experience, how best to write patois, and how side characters really bring this novel to life. We may or may not melt over how romantic it all is, somehow without mentioning that Daniel is a poetry-writing cutie -- our bad! We wrap up by looking at how there are -- quite fittingly -- multiple ways to view the...


Marginalia #1: Capitalism! Alt-Right! Racism! Bafflement! Beyoncé! Tom Hanks!

We're trying something new for our non-review weeks. Our new 'Marginalia' episodes will feature book news, discussion, and hopefully a laugh or two. Let us know what you think! In our first book(ish) discussion episode, we touch on: * Milo Yiannopoulos, capitalism, and publishing ethics * The all-white CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway award longlists, the Oscars, and Beyoncé * 'Floored' -- the YA novel being written by seven authors * Jensine's excitement about the American Gods TV...


Episode 3 - Lies We Tell Ourselves (aka I'm Not Racist but...)

In this episode we review 'Lies We Tell Ourselves' by Robin Talley. There are deep thoughts about race and racism, own voices, and being gay in the mid-20th century, in addition to some pretty colourful detours into politics and dissertation writing. Also, Candice proves she has yet to learn to use a microphone, and Lindsey still isn't back from her sojourn in Edinburgh. Find us on Twitter: @NiceYoungPeople Next episode: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Theme music:...


Episode 2 - On the Edge of Gone (aka Why Would You Go to the Netherlands?)

This week we're reviewing On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis. We ponder important issues such as: whether there's such a thing as too much diverse representation, why anyone would go to Amsterdam in the face of a potential tsunami, and whether Czechoslovakia is in eastern Europe. (Answers: Surprisingly, yes. No idea. Maybe, but it's not Czechoslovakia.) Find us on Twitter: @NiceYoungPeople Next episode: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley Theme music: Living Nightmare by snowflake...