Podcast Love #2: Teen Creeps!

I’ve never read a Christopher Pike book in my life. But boy, I know a lot about his body of work! I started listening to Teen Creeps over the summer and I haven’t really stopped since. When I finally finished the backlog of over a year’s worth of episodes, I just started right back at the beginning!

I love this podcast for a whole host of reasons; firstly, I never read teen YA pulp as a teen, I skipped right over it and terrified myself with some Stephen King so it’s nice to actually experience that. One of my Hallowreadathon reads is probably going to be the only R. L. Stein book I own; a never-returned-to-the-school-library copy of The New Year’s Party, because I’m starting to feel like I missed out. Although, I never had to read about a perfume bottle that possesses you with some sort of evil twin from ancient Egypt. So- you win some, you lose some.

The hosts are great. Kelly Nugent and Lindsay Katai are the kind of people you want in your earholes, on your Twitter feed and just generally around the internet. They don’t just talk about the books. They go off on tangents, prompted by the plot or characters, about their past, feminism, love, depression, politics, relationships, racism, a little bit of everything! There are times when they will say something like; I can’t believe I’m about to say this then share something super personal that totally resonates, or I’m crying laughing.

Teen YA pulp from the 90’s can be a real mix of the good and the bad. There are teenage clichés, a lot of rape culture and so much incest. And Kelly and Lindsay don’t shy away from critiquing the books they read. Which led to my favourite sentence from the podcast ever (not including all Kelly’s creepy baby talk):

“There is that story out there, there is that story somewhere, but that needs to come from someone who has experienced it.”

I started listening to this podcast because I love listening to people talk about books they’re passionate about even if I’ve not read them. But what I got was so much more. It’s like listening to two people become best friends over hours of conversation, like eavesdropping but you’re welcomed in to listen. Kelly and Lindsay are my favourite hosts of all the podcasts I listen to, and Teen Creeps is my go-to when I’m having a hard time and need to laugh.

So check Teen Creeps out! Start at the beginning, or if a lot of swearing endears you- try the episode with Jackie Johnson. It’s my top pick episode with a guest. You can listen on iTunes, they have a website and a Twitter. And keep it creepy.

Did you read YA pulp as a teen? What did you think of it?
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Podcast Love #1: Welcome to Night Vale!

I couldn’t figure out how to talk about podcasts on my blog. A currently listening to post? Some kind of monthly wrap-up maybe? It didn’t fit until I was looking through old posts and found my Blog Love series. Then it clicked, a Podcast Love series where I share a podcast that I adore and tell you why you should listen to it! And how could I start it with anything other than the first podcast I listened to. The start of it all for me.

Welcome to Night Vale book, podcast and mug.

Welcome to Night Vale is a fortnightly 20-30 minute podcast set in the small fictional town of Night Vale; where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and flashing lights move overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Essentially it’s a community radio show set in a seriously strange town, hosted by smooth-talking Cecil. The show is diverse, it’s weirdly comforting and always positive, and it’s the kind of podcast you can listen to in the dead of night when you can’t sleep. Taking twenty minutes out of my day to rest and listen to a Night Vale has always been a great self-care exercise for me.

It’s been going for almost four years now so there’s a lot to catch up on. They say you can just jump on anywhere but the early episodes are definitely my favourite. A few people I know have stopped listening to the current episodes, and I tend to find myself going back to listen to older episodes, but I still think it’s great now too. There’s also live shows, I went to the one in Manchester and it was fantastic, and a novel. Not only that, it’s the first podcast I’ve seen to bring out books of the scripts, which is great for people with hearing difficulties.

If you’re intrigued, you can download it from iTunes or find out more on their website. And I’ll leave you with the quote that helped me through some rough times, and had me falling completely in love with Cecil and Night Vale…

“Sometimes you go through things that seem huge at the time like- a mysterious glowing cloud devouring your entire community. While they’re happening they feel like the only thing that matters and you can hardly imagine that there’s a world out there that might have anything else going on. And then the Glow Cloud moves on. And you move on. And the event is behind you. And you may find, as time passes, that you remember it less and less. Or absolutely not at all, in my case. And you are left with nothing but a powerful wonder at the fleeting nature of even the most important things in life. And the faint but pretty smell of vanilla.”

Have you listened to Welcome to Night Vale? What is your favourite podcast?
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(Late) Fiction Friday: Getting your Fiction Fix while Sick!

These past few weeks I haven’t been very well with a combination of tonsillitis and sinusitis, hence the lack of blog posts which I apologise for. And for this being two days late, I’ve pretty much been sleeping and eating and feeling like death so it took me a while to take the pictures! In my opinion, the worst thing about being poorly is being bored and poorly. But- what do you do when you can’t read because your eyes feel like they’re about to pop out of your skull?

Here are my ways of getting your fiction fix even when you’re not feeling great!

#1: Audiobooks.
Thank the lord for Harry Potter read by Stephen Fry. The past couple weeks I’ve listened to all of Goblet of Fire and have started back on Chamber of Secrets. However, I don’t count these towards what I’ve read in the month because sometimes I fall asleep listening to it and miss out big chunks. I am reading the first book at the moment with a friend who has never read Harry Potter but that’s a whole different blog post!

#2: Podcasts, specifically Welcome to Night Vale.
I’m a big fan of Welcome to Night Vale, I think it’s a really original podcast that’s really interesting to listen to with it’s short 30 minute episodes and unexplainable story. I’d say give it a chance, listen to the first one and I’m sure you’ll be hooked. A must if you see mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep.

#3: Nostalgia on Netflix in the form of Pokémon.
Occasionally my eyeballs would stop hurting enough for me to curl up with my phone and watch some TV. The Netflix app kept me company and I started watching Pokémon: Indigo League from the beginning! If you remember from my 30 before 30 list, completing the Pokémon game is top of the list so I feel like I’m getting some valuable research in too :’)

#4: Fraiser.
Frasier has been my ‘poorly show’ for years now, starting way back when I had a portable DVD player instead of a laptop and found the season 1 DVDs on a day off school. In fact I mentioned the DVDs in my Christmas Wishlist, the christmas specials in my Best Christmas Specials post and the DVDs again in my What I got for Christmas post! I have a love for radio, even though I don’t listen to it much myself, and this show about a radio host psychiatrist is just what the doctor ordered while you rest.

How do you get your Fiction Fix when you don’t feel well?
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