16 episodes

A group of smart, funny friends meet together every week to talk about the book they’re reading—a book that just so happens to be incredibly buzzy and in the zeitgeist because it has an adaptation coming up on the big screen or via streaming. Because when everyone at work is talking about it, we want to be the smug ones who can say we actually read the book first. Hosted by Dana Schwartz, Jennifer Wright, Korama Danquah, Melissa Hunter, and Tien Tran. New episodes every Monday! 

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A group of smart, funny friends meet together every week to talk about the book they’re reading—a book that just so happens to be incredibly buzzy and in the zeitgeist because it has an adaptation coming up on the big screen or via streaming. Because when everyone at work is talking about it, we want to be the smug ones who can say we actually read the book first. Hosted by Dana Schwartz, Jennifer Wright, Korama Danquah, Melissa Hunter, and Tien Tran. New episodes every Monday! 

    Brave New World (Part 1)

    Brave New World (Part 1)

    I know one thing I’m fond of saying is that this show is not English class — there’s no required reading... or watching for that matter. But this week we are diving into our first piece of bona fide English lit required reading — Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. There’s a pretty good chance you had to read this in 11th grade, and we are reading it now because it’s been adapted into a series on the NBC streaming service Peacock. But trust me, this will NOT be a high school English class discussion.
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    and Tien has wisely gotten off Twitter but is on Insta @hanktina
    Next week we will continue our discussion of Brave New World and then we'll get to our Screen Time conversation about the adaptation!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Screen Time: Lovecraft Country

    Screen Time: Lovecraft Country

    I don’t know what your Twitter timeline looks like, but if it’s anything like ours, every week, like clockwork, it has been filled with people absolutely freaking out about HBO’s Lovecraft Country—how scary it is, how surprising, how interesting and refreshing a show it is. We covered the book a few episodes ago and now that the show is about halfway through its season, we are returning to Lovecraft Country to talk about how the adaptation compares to the source material.
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    and Tien has wisely gotten off Twitter but is on Insta @hanktina

    • 54 min
    The Hate U Give (Part 3) with Angie Thomas

    The Hate U Give (Part 3) with Angie Thomas

    One of the cool things about doing a show about books by contemporary writers is that…they are contemporaries. Like, if you have a question about Frankenstein, you can’t go ask Mary Shelley, she’s dead. But after our conversations about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, we all had questions. And so we asked her! We’ve been really excited to bring you this episode because as you’re about to hear, Angie Thomas is brilliant and cool and nice and everything you’d hope for in a young adult author. This week, she’ll talk to us about what it’s like seeing your work adapted to the screen.
    Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper… and we will get into that. The Hate U Give is her debut novel and is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Of course she is a working writer, and her second novel, On The Come Up, is on shelves now.
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    and Tien has wisely gotten off Twitter but is on Insta @hanktina

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Hate U Give (Part 2)

    The Hate U Give (Part 2)

    This week we continue our discussion of Angie Thomas’ novel “The Hate U Give.” The book follows 16-year-old Starr Carter, a young black woman, who sees her best friend Khalil shot and killed by police in front of her during a routine traffic stop.
    Now, we recorded this discussion a few weeks ago, and I want to say that it is heartbreaking that this work of fiction from 2017 is so immediately relevant in our world. It shouldn’t be. But as long as it is, we are proud to be having this discussion and just to make it clear, Popcorn Book Club says Black Lives Matter.
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    • 56 min
    The Hate U Give (Part 1)

    The Hate U Give (Part 1)

    Just in case you are listening to this from the future, here’s a quick refresher that the summer of 2020 was… “unusual,” though there are a lot of other words we could use. It was notable for the Black Lives Matter protests and violent clashes with cops in cities across the country sparked by a number of black people being killed by police officers.
    So it might be tempting to look at Angie Thomas’ 2017 novel The Hate U Give as prescient. But really, she’s writing about something that has been happening for decades, for centuries. This week we’re talking about Thomas’ novel and its 2018 film adaptation.
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    @MelissaFTW
    and Tien has wisely gotten off Twitter but is on Insta @hanktina

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Lovecraft Country (Part 2)

    Lovecraft Country (Part 2)

    This is a show about books and adaptations and one subject we’ve returned to a couple of times is who gets to tell stories. Today we’re continuing our discussion of Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. Now, Matt is white, and the adaptation now on HBO counts Misha Green and Jordan Peele among its executive producers. And that is significant because not only are these black creators taking control of a black story, but also Jordan Peele helped to give us the language to be able to talk about this. I mean, Get Out is iconic for a reason.
    This is part two of our discussion, jump back an episode if you want to start at the beginning.
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    @MelissaFTW
    and Tien has wisely gotten off Twitter but is on Insta @hanktina
    Next week we’ll move from telling black stories through sci-fi to telling black stories in young adult literature with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

Kevinkat ,

Awful

This is less about the books and more about their own egos and injokes. Listened to three episodes and felt drained after each one. The premise could have been so good, failed at every turn.

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