Episode 94: Jaw Ready For This? with @renatasnacks and @ginthusiastic

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In this episode, we discuss sharks in pop culture with Worst Best Friends Renata and Becca, including deep dives (see what we did there?) into The Meg and Jaws as well as our ideal shark movie plots–call us, Hollywood! We were also recently on Worst Bestsellers to discuss Hope Never Dies.

Links
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Jaws
megalodon
The Meg
The Shallows
Sharknado
Sharktopus
Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda
Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (starring Debbie Gibson)
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Deep Blue Sea
Shark Attack 3 (starring John Barrowman)
New York Post: Before ‘Jaws,’ James Bond swam with sharks
Thunderball
Jaws: The Revenge
Katya
Sharknado 6
Shark Tale
47 Meters Down
Open Water
Esquire: 10 Great Shark Movies That Will Keep You Away From the Water
I Don’t Even Own a Television Episode 105 Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror
Jaws
Mythbusters Special 8: JAWS Special
[Matthew McConaughey’s character in Dazed and Confused is named Wooderson]
Book Riot: You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: 11 Great Books for Shark Week
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You Are A Shark (Choose Your Own Adventure) (Overdue Episode 241)
The Worst Bestsellers Episode 29: Live and Let Die
7 Songs To Get Your Shark Week Party Started
Baby Shark Dance
Discovery Channel Shark Week
Sharks are smooth as hell
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The Scariest Shark Movies That Aren’t ‘Jaws’
Cosmopolitan: 13 Shark Movies That Will Make You Avoid the Water Forever
Entertainment Weekly: ‘Sharknado 2’ director on creating the movie’s ‘silly’ theme song
Mental Floss: 9 Silly Sharks to Prepare You for Shark Week
Mental Floss: 15 Facts About The Megalodon Shark

Musical Obsessions
Becca: “Beautiful” from Heathers: the Musical
Anna: “Everything She Wants” by Wham!, “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid
Renata: “Borderline” by Ariana Grande feat. Missy Elliott
Alene: “The Ballad of Sharknado” by Anthony Ferrante/Quint

Obsessions
Renata: Captain Marvel (trailer)
Becca: BuzzFeed Unsolved
Anna: Spectred Isle by KJ Charles
Alene: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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Episode 70: Reality TV with @bookavore

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In this episode, we head into largely uncharted waters to discuss reality TV with Stephanie Anderson aka @bookavore. SPOILER ALERT we talk about the Rachel Lindsay season of The Bachelorette!
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Links
American Idol
Hoarders
Jersey Shore
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Pretty Wild
The Bling Ring (movie, book [London Review of Books review], article)
phone message recording (comedy)
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The Bachelorette
Real Housewives
Television Without Pity (now hosted at Brilliant but CancelledThe Apprentice recaps
The Real World
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
What Not To Wear (also UK)
This Old House
House Hunters
spaces
Trading Spaces
Property Brothers
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Wife Swap
Undercover Boss
American Gladiators
The Bachelor
tila
A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
The Osbournes
Cake Boss
17 (19) Kids and Counting
Ace of Cakes
Supernanny
Say Yes to the Dress
Jon and Kate Plus 8
The Amazing Race
Survivor
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Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
MasterChef
Top Chef
The Voice
While You Were Out
16 and Pregnant
The 1900 House
Frontier House
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Iron Chef
America’s Next Top Model
Big Brother
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Laguna Beach
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List
Clean Sweep
Moving Up
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Teen Mom
COPS
You’re Cousin’s on Cops” by The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Simple Life
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Great British Bake Off
Huffington Post: ‘Bachelor’ Contestants Fall For Each Other, Share Love On Instagram
Episode 62: Chuckstravaganza
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Unreal
The People’s Couch
Chopped
Reality TV World
Cat Sebastian
The Truman Show
The Running Man
EdTV
American Dreamz
The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Scandal and Scoundrel series by Sarah MacLean (book 1: The Rogue Not Taken)
Extra Hot Great podcast
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Reality of Love
Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst
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Space Battle Lunchtime
by Natalie Riess
Lions and Liquorice by Kate Fenton
For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton
For Real by Alison Cherry
Worst Bestsellers podcast I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends Episode 4, Episode 4.5The Perfect Letter Episode 42The Selection Episode 57
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An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
The 50 Best Reality TV Shows of All Time
Mental Floss: 11 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Reality TV Producers

Musical Obsessions

Stephanie: “My Old School” by Steely Dan, What’s Good with Stretch and Bobbito podcast
Anna: “Fingertips” by They Might Be Giants
Alene: “Nobody Gets Out Alive” by Samuel L. Jackson

Obsessions

Stephanie: The UndateableFalling for Trouble, and Laws of Attraction by Sarah Title, The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada
Anna: America by Gabby Rivera, Joe Quinones, Joe Rivera, Paolo Rivera, and Jose Villarrubia
Alene: The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan, A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Episode 59: Clonesplaining with @renatasnacks

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Wolverine expert Renata returns to recap the first two (confusingly named) Wolverine movies featuring Hugh Jackman as an appetizer for our spoiler-filled discussion of the new movie Logan. You might not want to watch the movies when we’re through, but you’ll definitely want to watch movies with Renata. Apologies in advance for some sound quality issues during the episode.

Also: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was the winner of our episode 57 Bellwether Friends What to Watch Next Bracket Challenge! Thanks to everyone who voted. We will be recording an episode about the show in the near future!

Links
One Day at a Time
The Boyfriend of the Week
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Wolverine
Logan
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Sabretooth
fingerguns
Deadpool
FAA Flight Planning Information
Buzzfeed: “Logan” Will Change The Way You Think About Violence In Superhero Movies
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Final moment
X-Men video game
Deadpool 2 teaser
The Worst Best Sellers (discussing All-New Wolverine!)

Obsessions
Renata: Laura Kinney! X-23: The Complete Collection, Volume 2All New Wolverine Vol. 1: The Four Sisters
Alene: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones (Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer)
Anna: Rivers of London series (Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovitch read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith on audio (get the first three on Hoopla!)

Musical Obsessions
Renata: “Move Your Feet / D.A.N.C.E. / It’s A Sunshine Day” from the Trolls soundtrack
Anna: “Die Young” by Ke$ha
Alene: “The Sound” by The 1975

 

 

Episode 38: X-Men X-Stravaganza!

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For this episode we brought in outside X-Perts Kait and Renata of the podcast Worst Bestellers. There might be some spoilers for the plot of the new movie X-Men: Apocalypse, but it will be hard to find them in our peripatetic conversation about all things X. We promise you might not come out of it feeling more confused about the franchise!

Links
X-Men (2000)
X-Men 2 (2003)
X-Men 3: The Last Stand* (2006)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

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Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men Podcast
Gambit and his cats!
Worst Bestsellers Readers’ Advisory: Episode 49: X-Cutioner’s Song
Worst Bestsellers Readers’ Advisory: Episode 50: X-Men 3: The Last Stand

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Fanfic Recommendations
Wolverine/The Rock Coffee Shop AU (podfic)
kids who go to school (the drop the dime remix) by littledust
The Wonderment of Air (The Laughing Times Remix) by littledust
First Breath After Coma by Signe
Prayers for the Living by Fahye and littledust
How to Tie A Knot by pearl_o
The Righteousness of Our Cause by heyjupiter
Try, Try Again by and_backagain
Celestial Navation by kaydeefalls
The Pit and the Crystal Pendulum by garrideb
You’re My Only Home (The Letting Go Remix) by listerinezero
the only dream i ever have by skylights
ripples come and ripples go by metonymy
For Answers in the Pages by littledust
The O(l)dd Couple by winterhill
How Deep the Bullet Lies by littledust
Trigger Discipline by kaydeefalls
Still Standing by heyjupiter
The Chosen Ones series by metonymy
Case X1743: Unresolved XFilesXMen Movie (X-Files crossover) by Minisinoo

Musical Obsessions
Kait: “Sonya Alone” from Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Renata: “Holy Roller” by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Anna: “If You Love Someone” by the Veronicas
Alene: “We Found Love” by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
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Obsessions
Kait: Hamilton
Renata: Lady Dynamite
Anna: KITTENS
Alene: #chuckstravaganza
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*Spoiler: Not the last stand.

Episode 14 Show Notes: Classics and Diverse Books

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We are back from our LIVE show and answering a few more listener-submitted questions. Ally wanted us to talk about “classics” and Katie wanted to know what to give her white male children to diversify their reading experiences. Carolyn says a classic book is something she won’t want to read again, but a classic movie is something she will want to watch repeatedly. Anna’s moral of the story:

“If you think it’s a classic, it is. If you disagree with someone on this, keep your mouth shut.”

Please send us your best links to lists of diverse books for kids! We need help crowdsourcing on this one.

And please be sure to listen alllllll the way to the end. Past the talking, past the music. Trust us.

Links
Fifty Shades of Grey movie
Worst Bestsellers episode
Anna’s Fifty Shades readalike project

Classic Music
The Archies
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Led Zeppelin
ELO
Godspell
[Carolyn now realizes that it was NOT the original cast recording but the MOVIE soundtrack that she grew up and is her favorite. Victor Garber, y’all.]


The Sound of Music
My Fair Lady
Camelot
Annie
Paul Simon “Graceland” album
Peter, Paul, and Mary
Judy Garland
The Nutcracker
Mozart K467 Piano Concerto 21
Bach, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Classic Books
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Middlemarch by George Eliot
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Robin Hood by Howard Pyle and others
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Emily Brontë’s poetry (not Wuthering Heights)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Nancy Drew
Agatha Christie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar

Classic Movies
Chinatown
Casablanca
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Philadelphia Story
The African Queen
Bringing up Baby
Charade
White Christmas
Singin’ in the Rain
Meet Me in St. Louis
The Maltese Falcon
Double Indemnity
Sunset Boulevard
The Godfather
Some Like it Hot

Diverse Reads for Children
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Sugar Plum Ballerina series, Whoopi Goldberg
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
Storytime Underground
Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley et al.
The Best Feminist Picture Books (via Book Riot)

Obsessions
Anna: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
Carolyn: Invisibilia podcast

Episode 12 Show Notes: Binge Watching and Sport Ball Game Outfits

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In this episode, we tackle two listener questions. First, we are pretty miserable at recommending good binge-watching practices. Then, we tackle (hee) the question of sports, zeroing in on the uniforms with laser-like precision. Thanks for the questions, @sophiebiblio and @surlyspice!

Links!

Mango La Croix
Orange is the New Black
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
X-Files
House of Cards
Once Upon a Time
Everlasting Gobstoppers
Skittles
Fringe
Friends
Olympic fanfare:


Pittsburgh Steelers uniforms
Manny Ramirez’s pants
C.C. Sabathia’s pants
David Ortiz’s pants
GOOD baseball pants wearing: Jason Varitek
Uni Watch: Neon Jerseys Not a Bright Idea
Seahawks go full Action Green
Kobe Bryant in tights

Obsessions:

Anna
Fifty Shades of Grey
Worst Bestsellers podcast

Carolyn
The Martian by Andy Weir

Episode 5 Show Notes: Fanfic and Our OTPs

In episode five, we explore the question of fanfiction and our experiences with it. We range far and wide into history, Harry Potter, namesquishes, and whether or not it’s OK to ship real people.

Links
Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World by Anne Jamison (@prof_anne)
What the heck is “shipping“?
A “Destiel” photoset to warm your heart
Archive of Our Own (AO3) fanfiction repository
Innocent as a Rose” (Baroness/Liesl; Liesl/Rolfe)
Once Upon a Time
A little Swan Queen
A master list of Avengers namesquishes for the curious
Anna’s Fifty Shades of Grey readalike project
The Academy of Bards (Xena fanfiction)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Obsessions

Carolyn:
Supernatural
Arrow
The Flash

Anna:
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
The Worst Bestsellers (@worstbesteller)
We Fit Together” by O-Town