11 episodes

Novel Feelings is a podcast where we discuss representations of mental health issues in fiction novels. A mental health book club, basically.

Join Priscilla and Elise - psychologists and book nerds - as we take a closer look at what some authors do well when portraying mental health issues on the page, and what can be done better.

Novel Feelings: A Mental Health Book Clu‪b‬ Novel Feelings Podcast

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    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Novel Feelings is a podcast where we discuss representations of mental health issues in fiction novels. A mental health book club, basically.

Join Priscilla and Elise - psychologists and book nerds - as we take a closer look at what some authors do well when portraying mental health issues on the page, and what can be done better.

    Interview with Wai Chim

    Interview with Wai Chim

    This month, we welcome a very special guest! We chat to author Wai Chim about her book, The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling. Topics include: writing about mental health issues in Asian families, flawed but well-intentioned characters, introvert representation, and self-care. The first half of the episode is spoiler-free (we let you know when the conversation gets spoiler-y!).

    Our website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings | Find Wai through waichim.com or @onewpc

    • 48 min
    How to Set (and Smash) Reading Goals

    How to Set (and Smash) Reading Goals

    We are kicking off 2021 with a bonus episode! This episode is all about getting back into reading, setting goals, and smashing them. We discuss a bunch of different ideas, including those that have worked for us. Hint: it’s not just about the number of books you read!

    Website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings

    • 28 min
    Our Favourite Reads of 2020 & Season 1 Wrap

    Our Favourite Reads of 2020 & Season 1 Wrap

    We're pretty keen to say goodbye to 2020, but before that happens, we wanted to spend some quality time rambling about other books - not just those that are mental health-specific. In this special bonus episode, we each present our Top 3 books of the year (plus some honourable mentions) and reflect on our experience putting Season 1 together. We also talk about a potential Season 2, and other exciting things!

    Website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings

    • 46 min
    1.6 Fight Club - Dissociative Identity Disorder and Insomnia

    1.6 Fight Club - Dissociative Identity Disorder and Insomnia

    It's our Season 1 finale and, guess what? We break the first rule of Fight Club! Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk, follows a man suffering from insomnia. He meets a strange man named Tyler Durden; the two bored men form an underground club and fight other men who are fed up with their own mundane lives. In this episode, we discuss arguably the best-known portrayal of dissociative identity disorder in fiction, and what it gets right and wrong.
    Website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings

    • 45 min
    1.5 Small Spaces - Trauma, Gaslighting and Bad Therapy

    1.5 Small Spaces - Trauma, Gaslighting and Bad Therapy

    What if the things you remember never happened? More importantly, what if no one believes your version of events? We discuss Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein, a fascinating YA psychological thriller. Small Spaces follows Tash Carmody who has has been traumatised since she witnessed her imaginary friend, Sparrow, lure a child away from a carnival. We discuss stigma, gaslighting, trauma, and the impact of bad therapy.

    Website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings

    • 47 min
    1.4 The Kiss Quotient - Autism, Anxiety and Romance

    1.4 The Kiss Quotient - Autism, Anxiety and Romance

    Can you practice romance? Stella thinks so. In this episode, we talk about The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang. It tells the story of Stella, an econometrician with Asperger’s, who decides to hire Michael, an escort, to teach her intimacy and romance. We discuss Autism Spectrum Disorder, the relationship between core beliefs and miscommunication, and the importance of being a decent human.  

    Website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

EggplantParma ,

Great examination of mental health rep in fiction

A fantastic podcast about mental health representation in fiction. Priscilla and Elise approach the subject with empathy and curiosity, and each episode provides a great resource for people looking to see more mental health rep in the media they consume!

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