25 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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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.

    Season 2 Wrap & Announcement

    Season 2 Wrap & Announcement

    Welcome to the last episode of Season 2. We had such a wonderful time putting this season together. In this episode, we reflect on the process of recording the season, and talk about our favourite moments.

    After this episode, we will be going on a hiatus, and we‘re not planning on returning for a Season 3 at this stage. We‘re not going away completely though! We will still have opinions on books and mental health reps, so we are planning to continue posting our reviews on our blog. We will also keep our social media active. So keep us in your feeds and hopefully we can come back for Season 3 one day.

    Our website: http://novelfeelings.com  | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings

    • 23 min
    2.8 A Monster Calls | Anticipatory grief

    2.8 A Monster Calls | Anticipatory grief

    What does it mean when a monster shows up at your window? For our final review episode of Season 2, we discuss A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness with special guest, author Mat Larkin. We talk about the stages of grief, middle grade tropes, surprisingly therapeutic monsters, and all the feels!

    Our website: http://novelfeelings.com  | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings | Find Mat Larkin via https://matlarkin.com/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Interview with Kay Kerr

    Interview with Kay Kerr

    In this special episode, we chat to Kay Kerr, author of Please Don‘t Hug Me and the newly released Social Queue. Topics include: autism representation, Kay‘s writing processes for both of her books, and self-care. We also discuss Please Don‘t Hug Me in spoilery details in the second half of the episode (we‘ll let you know when this starts!).

    Our website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings | Find Kay Kerr and her books through kaykerr.com

    • 51 min
    2.7 Darius the Great is Not Okay | Depression and connection

    2.7 Darius the Great is Not Okay | Depression and connection

    What can you do when you feel disconnected from your family, and your culture? Darius is a ‘fractional Persian‘, and speaks better Klingon than Farsi. And his first trip to Iran is about to change his life. In this episode, we chat about Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. We discuss what causes and maintains depression, cultural understandings of mental illness, and reflect on the role of medication.

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

    • 57 min
    2.6 You Should See Me In a Crown | Anxiety, friendships, and Black joy

    2.6 You Should See Me In a Crown | Anxiety, friendships, and Black joy

    Would you run for prom king/queen? There is nothing Liz Lightly would like less, but she‘s willing to do whatever it takes to win a scholarship, even if it means facing her fear of the spotlight. With special guests, Hallie and Allie from the Read It, Next podcast, we chat about anxiety representation, cute romance, and the importance of seeing Black protagonists experiencing joy. We also chat about/get educated about prom culture.

    Our website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter: @novel_feelings | goodreads.com/novel_feelings | Find Read It, Next via readitnextpodcast.com or Instagram @readitnextpodcast

    • 1 hr 2 min
    2.5 Picture Us in the Light | Family, identity and survivor guilt

    2.5 Picture Us in the Light | Family, identity and survivor guilt

    How much do you really know about your parents? In Picture Us in the Light, Danny Cheng grapples with the mysteries of his family's past, a tragedy in his friendship group, as well as the possibilities in his future. Along with our guest, Wendy Chen, we discuss the portrayal of grief following a suicide, intergenerational trauma, and the costs of defining yourself by your achievements.
    Our website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings

    • 1 hr

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