88 episodes

Hello there! We are your hosts, Laura Marie and Jessica Marie and this is A Court of Fandoms and Exploration: A Podcast
Where we will discuss the epic highs and lows of YA literature, fantasy/sci- fi, and the tv shows (old and new) that made us the slightly- damaged young millennials we are today. Experience the life-altering realizations and unresolved trauma that only YA and sci-fi/fantasy can soothe as we explore Prythian, Crescent City, Sunnydale, Elfhame and more.
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A Court of Fandoms and Exploration - A Podcast‪.‬ Laura Marie and Jessica Marie

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 52 Ratings

Hello there! We are your hosts, Laura Marie and Jessica Marie and this is A Court of Fandoms and Exploration: A Podcast
Where we will discuss the epic highs and lows of YA literature, fantasy/sci- fi, and the tv shows (old and new) that made us the slightly- damaged young millennials we are today. Experience the life-altering realizations and unresolved trauma that only YA and sci-fi/fantasy can soothe as we explore Prythian, Crescent City, Sunnydale, Elfhame and more.
*Thank you for listening to us! Please subscribe and leave a 5 star review and follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/acofaepodcast/) and on our TikToks!
TikTok:
ACOFAELaura : Laura Marie (https://www.tiktok.com/@acofaelaura?)
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    081. All of Us Villains: Speaking of the finger...

    081. All of Us Villains: Speaking of the finger...

    The official tagline for this book is "Blood before all." The unofficial tagline for this book is "The Hunger Games with magic" and that is more apt to what is going on here. Welcome to Ivernath, a small unremarkable town where every 20 years, seven families choose a champion and there is a death tournament. The winner’s family gets to control high magic. And everyone wants high magic. Or at least, that's how it's always been done before. Cue the generational curse breaking now! Laura Marie and Jessica Marie jump into the tournament and ask the important questions: Are these characters really villains? Are the families? What happens when curses are broken the wrong way? And who wrote the book!? Really, research had to be done to confirm.


    TW / CW: generational trauma, alcoholism
    For additional TW/CW information for your future reads, head to this site for more: https://triggerwarningdatabase.com/


    Spoilers: Kingdom of Ash


    Mentions (please note these mentions have no spoiler context): Shadowhunters, The Book of Azrael, Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood, Our Violent Delights, Supernatural


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    • 50 min
    080. Ever After: "I wonder if they Mythbusted this?"

    080. Ever After: "I wonder if they Mythbusted this?"

    When Ms. Drew Barrymore herself calls Ever After her favorite role, what else is left to say?! A lot apparently! Join Laura Marie and Jessica Marie as they get caught up in the drama of this lovely Cinderella retelling.


    Glass slipper? Check. Stepsisters, one of which is probably evil? Check. Evil stepmother? Check. Fairy godmother? Oh no. Just a bit of science. The prince saves the day? OH HELL NO. Our Cinderella, Danielle, saves herself, her loved ones, and essentially the entire kingdom with dignity and grace, and a swift kick in the ass to the prince.
    Henry: Pick one. (looking at a full library)
    Danielle: I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens.


    *The point, gentlemen, was that they lived.


    TW / CW: ED, SA, fatphobia, death of a parent
    For additional TW/CW information for your future reads, head to this site for more: https://triggerwarningdatabase.com/


    Spoilers: Kingdom of Ash


    Mentions (please note these mentions have no spoiler context): The Great, Moulin Rouge, SATC, The Magicians


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    • 1 hr
    079. A Forbidden Fate: Spoiler-Free with the author herself, Kaven!

    079. A Forbidden Fate: Spoiler-Free with the author herself, Kaven!

    This episode is SPOILER-FREE and focuses on Kaven Hirning's new book A Forbidden Fate. This episode was originally 3 HOURS LONG. This episode has about 1.5 hours of HOSAB discussion that was cut. ALL THAT TO SAY: ACOFAE welcomes back Kaven as she discusses her new book A Forbidden Fate. Described as a love letter to her fans, AFF is a delightful frolic through the woods with friends that started as a standalone and ended as a trilogy. Kaven shares her inspiration that led to the plot, tidbits about publishing, the writing process, and little teasers about book 2. The episode may seem a bit chaotic (is anyone surprised? The three of us are back together), but you should hear the rough cut. Chrissy wake up!


    TW / CW: None to our awareness
    For additional TW/CW information for your future reads, head to this site for more: https://triggerwarningdatabase.com/


    Spoilers: Perhaps some HOSAB


    Mentions (please note these mentions have no spoiler context): Throne of Glass, Crescent City, ACOTAR series, The Vampire Diaries, Ledge, The Book of Azrael, The Plated Prisoner Series (specifically Glow), Six of Crows, Dark Olympus series


    _Kaven's Socials Handles: _
    TikTok: Kaven_Books
    Instagram: Kaven_Books
    Backup IG: Kaven_Books_


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    078. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Movie: "He's a blood sucking fiend from beyond the grave!"

    078. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Movie: "He's a blood sucking fiend from beyond the grave!"

    "All I want to do is graduate from high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die."
    Buffy Summers has a plan. It includes the school dance and cheer practice and definitely like for sure totally does NOT include vampires, Luke Perry, and a guy named Merrick. Welcome to 1992's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Leggings have shorts over them, a yellow leather jacket is the rage, and the vampires are actually hilarious (looking at you Paul). The cast is immaculate (really Google it) and the stories of what was going behind the scenes make this classic both entertaining and thought provoking as well as FUN. This movie is fun. The vampires float. And have giant ears. Fun.
    "Does the word DUH! mean anything to you?"- Buffy Summers.


    Disclaimer: Please excuse Jessica's voice in our spoilers intro as she was sick at time of recording


    Websites Referenced:
    https://www.vulture.com/article/joss-whedon-allegations.html
    https://variety.com/2021/tv/features/joss-whedon-buffy-angel-charisma-carpenter-toxic-workplace-1234915549/
    https://variety.com/2022/tv/columns/joss-whedon-allegations-buffy-legacy-1235157632/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmNU2t1Q-AM


    TW / CW: No TW/CW to our knowledge


    For additional TW/CW information for your future reads, head to this site for more: https://triggerwarningdatabase.com/


    Spoilers: no spoilers to our knowledge


    Mentions (please note these mentions have no spoiler context): The ACOTAR series, Throne of Glass series, Shadowhunters, Euphoria, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show), 10 Things I Hate About You, Sex and the City, The War of Two Queens, What We Do in the Shadows, MCU, Firefly


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    077. Weetzie Bat: "I know about happily."

    077. Weetzie Bat: "I know about happily."

    Sometimes it doesn't take a lot of words to make an impact. Sometimes, specifically, less than 100 pages to change the life of a reader. Weetzie Bat bids you welcome: Welcome to LA, welcome to the late 80's, and welcome to a wonderland of wishes where anything can and does happen. Weetzie Bat and her best friend Dirk are the outcast cool kids living their best lives until 3 wishes turn everything on its head. The quest to find love and what love even means is at the core of this little book that will take you on a journey through love, death, growth, and discovering that it doesn't always have to be happily ever after. Sometimes, happily is enough.


    Websites Referenced:


    https://www.vogue.com/article/fairy-tales-alexa-demie-petra-collins-interview


    TW / CW: sexual assault, substance abuse, death of a parent, death of a grandparent, alchoholism, abortion


    For additional TW/CW information for your future reads, head to this site for more: https://triggerwarningdatabase.com/


    Spoilers: none to our knowledge.


    Mentions: (please note these mentions have no spoiler context) Supernatural, You, Fairy Tales, The Magicians, Wicked Beauty, Pink Smog, The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, The Craft, Cruel Intentions, ACOMAF, Throne of Glass


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    • 58 min
    076. Shadowhunter Academy: Back with old friends, plus Daddy Will Herondale.

    076. Shadowhunter Academy: Back with old friends, plus Daddy Will Herondale.

    "If the author writes it you should read it" is one of many sayings here at ACOFAE. Applying that to Shadowhunters might seem like a tall order but the payoff is worth it: Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy. Join Simon as he tries to figure out who he is, who he was, and who he will be as he takes classes to become a Shadowhunter and get his memories back, or die. Along the way, lectures are given by characters we know and love that give important context to the events of The Mortal Instruments and beyond. Remember when Jessica Marie didn't like Simon?! Remember that?! 10+ books later and Simon is the MC and we love him for it.
    Editor's note: the audio is not excellent. The issue has been fixed.


    TW / CW: sexual assault


    For additional TW/CW information for your future reads, head to this site for more: https://triggerwarningdatabase.com/


    Spoilers: The Shadowhunters Universe (specifically The Infernal Devices)


    Mentions: Priory of the Orange Tree, The Craft, Throne of Glass, Supernatural, The Mortal Instruments


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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

MerylAnnie ,

Came here for the book reviews, stayed for good vibes

Since discovering SJM in September, I’ve been slowly working my way through ACOFAE’s episodes, and I finally feel like I found people. All of these YA/NA books have no right to make me feel so many emotions, but I’m so glad I have Jessica and Laura to work through all these big feelings (I’m looking at you, Kingdom of Ash). I leave each episode feeling positive and excited for the next book or series. Also, I love the shoutouts they make to other authors, books, artists, small businesses, etc.! I’ve found so many new people to be inspired by because of ACOFAE. 10/10 would recommend!!

AFCHICK007 ,

Makes Me Need to Re-Read!!!

I rarely re-read any book but the excitement you feel really makes me want to re-read/listen to these books!!
I love the excitement and I LOVE that there’s no shame in the sex and desire portrayed here. I found this podcast after another was shaking the possibility of threesomes or curiosity about unconventional sex.
I love the openness in these books and the excitement these podcasters reignite in these stories.

Tay.mason ,

Basically a discussion with my best friends!

I love reading a series they have covered and then binging an episode that notes all my favorite parts, frustrations, and highlights of the story. Listening to them discuss a book is exactly how my best friend and I discuss details and I feel myself yelling in excitement when they voice what everyone else is inwardly thinking. Each episode feels like its own personal book club I get to be a part of!

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