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A podcast by three red-headed fantasy authors talking about everything from academic mythology to dick jokes (and sometimes, both at once), as well as the role of fanfiction as an integral yet oft-overlooked part of the literary conversation and in the broader cultural context. It is, obviously, a podcast of extremely deep literary merit.

Be The Serpent Alexandra Rowland, Freya Marske, Jennifer Mace

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    • 4.8 • 92 Ratings

A podcast by three red-headed fantasy authors talking about everything from academic mythology to dick jokes (and sometimes, both at once), as well as the role of fanfiction as an integral yet oft-overlooked part of the literary conversation and in the broader cultural context. It is, obviously, a podcast of extremely deep literary merit.

    Episode 101: Jumping the Shark

    Episode 101: Jumping the Shark

    And here you thought that the Twitter announcement on April Fool's Day about our upcoming shark episode WAS the joke! No! The joke is on us because we had to watch Sharknado for this prank! Also Jaws and Deep Blue Sea.

     

    What We’re Into Lately

    If They Haven’t Learned Your Name by silentwalrus
    Succession
    The Big Bad Wolf series by Charlie Adhara
    The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox
    The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
    Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
    “A Cornstalk Fiddle” by notbecauseofvictories
    “To Call the Darkness Home” by scioscribe
    The Heir to the House of Prince by Ada_Lovelaced & elph13
    “Aurelius (to be called) Magnus” by Victoria Goddard
    “Portrait of a Wide Seas Islander” by Victoria Goddard
    Black Sails

    Other Stuff We Mentioned
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    The Thick of It
    Diana Wynne Jones (author)
    Dan Brown (author)
    The Devil Went Down to Georgia (And Then Went Down on Johnny) series by notbecauseofvictories
    Justified
    The Hands of the Emperor by Victoria Goddard
    The Chant series by Alexandra Rowland
    Alien
    Overinvested podcast
    Overinvested’s Jaws episode
    Titanic
    Jurassic World
    Jurassic Park
    Star Wars
    Watergate scandal
    Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    The Day After Tomorrow
    2012
    Sharks In Venice
    The Meg
    The “Cows With Guns” YouTube video
    Freya’s Twitter: @freyamarkse
    A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
    A Restless Truth by Freya Marske (sequel to A Marvellous Light, coming out Nov 1st, 2022)
    Pre-order for A Restless Truth
    Macey’s Twitter: @englishmace
    “heat death” poem by Jennifer Mace
    “Silk & Steel” short story anthology (featuring Jennifer Mace & Freya Marske)
    Alex’s Twitter: @_alexrowland
    A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland (coming out Aug 30th, 2022)
    Alex’s website store: alexandrarowland.net/store.
    The infamous “sharks are smooth as hell” shitpost

     

    Content Warnings

    Gore (in every tentpole & throughout episode discussion)
    Body horror (in episode discussion)
    Sexual harassment (in Sharknado)
    Misogyny (discussed)

     

    Transcription

    The transcript of this episode is available here. Thanks to our fabulous scribes for their work!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 100: Superstravaganza

    Episode 100: Superstravaganza

    On this week's episode, we have a two-hour special to answer questions sent in by our darling listeners! Thank you to everyone who has been with us through the last four years! The Great Hiatus begins now, but we will return for at least one more episode next year! Get hype!


     


    What We’re Into Lately


    My Name 


    Beyond Evil


    Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers


    All the Feels by Olivia Dade


    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


    And This, Your Living Kiss by opal_bullets


    The Courtier’s Love Affair (and Other Stories) by tridenture


    Harlots


    Bridgerton 


    The Living and the Dead 


    Macey’s NaNoWriMo Project: The Resurrection Chalice


    In the Realms of Gold by Victoria Goddard


    Sword Dance trilogy by AJ Demas


    Plum Duff by Victoria Goddard


    Alex’s NaNoWriMo Project: Some by Virtue Fall


     


    Other Stuff We’ve Mentioned


    Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade


    Supernatural


    Sleuth of the Ming Dynasty


    Merlin


    A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland


    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold


    Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian


    Silk and Steel
    Our Opinions Are Correct
    Tales from the Trunk
    Fated Mates
    Heaving Bosoms
    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
    Fansplaining
    The Fantasy Inn
    Breaking the Glass Slipper
    Overinvested
    Campaign Skyjacks
    Tor.com
    The Rec Center
    Pinboard
    Dragon Age: Inquisition
    Fantasia in D Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    BtS episode 6 “Cross Your Stars and Hope to Bi”
    BtS Special Episode
    Strange Horizons
    Miss Congeniality
    BtS episode 80 “Extravaganza”
    My Hero Academia
    Yesterday Upon the Stair by PitViperOfDoom
    BtS episode 98 “[SPOOKY NOISES]”
    “Bakugou and Todoroki’s Foolproof 5-Step Plan to F**k with Mineta Minoru” by Anubis_2701
    Naruto
    The Witcher (video game)
    The Witcher (TV)
    Person of Interest (2011)


    The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin
    The Ones Who Stay And Fight by N.K. Jemisin
    Singing my Sister Down by Margo Lanagan
    The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
    Yuri!!! in Space series by Fahye
    Choir of Lies by Alexandra Rowland
    A Sword On Two Fingers by Freya Marske (unpublished)
    Viable Paradise (writers’ workshop)
    Sam Hawke (Australian author)
    Jenn Lyons (Author)
    E. Jade Lomax (Author)
    The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
    Welcome to Night Vale podcast
    The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
    The Hands of the Emperor by Victoria Goddard
    astolat
    Macey’s Frozen Meat Salesman Segment
    Macey’s misspent youth
    Sutton cottage (from A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske)
    Stars in the marsh (from A Choir of Lies by Alexandra Rowland)


     


    Transcription


    The transcript of this episode is available here. We'd like to take this moment to give an extra-special thank you to our team of scribes, who are amazing and meticulous and dedicated and extremely hard-working. Scribes, thank you, thank you, thank you. You're all amazing.

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Episode 99: Detective Boyfriends

    Episode 99: Detective Boyfriends

    On this week's episode, we're celebrating the release of Freya's debut book by talking about detectives in love! The tentpoles are Of Dragons, Feasts, and Murders by Aliette de Bodard, A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske, and the fanfic If Life Was A Movie We’d Have A Better Soundtrack Than This by galaxysoup.


     


    What We’re Into Lately 


    Dark Rise by C. S. Pacat
    The Saint of Steel series by T. Kingfisher
    that ruthless love by alherath
    The Warrior of the Third Veil by Victoria Goddard
    The Sisters Avramapul series by Victoria Goddard


    Other Stuff We Mentioned


    Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat
    Chant Universe by Alexandra Rowland
    "You Should Really Be Reading Victoria Goddard’s Nine Worlds Series" by Alexandra Rowland
    Guardian


    Bones
    Castle


    Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers


    A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland
    House
    The Angel of Crows by Katherine Addison
    Doctor Who
    The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons
    Captive Prince series by C. S. Pacat
    Winter's Orbit by Everina Maxwell
    A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
    Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Leverage
    The X-Files
    Hannibal
    Rosemary & Thyme
    Poirot
    Hinterland
    Hot Fuzz
    Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas
    Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
    The Will Darling Adventures by K.J. Charles
    John le Carré
    James Bond novels by Ian Fleming
    Think of England by K.J. Charles
    An iconic Doctor & Donna scene from Doctor Who
    Greenwing & Dart series by Victoria Goddard
    Be the Serpent Episode 33: Turn In Your Badge and Gun!
    A Private Reason for This by femmequixotic (aka mentioned Harry/Draco case fic)
    A Dead Djinn In Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark
    Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

    For Next Time
    None, it's the Extravaganza!



    Content Warnings



    Minor fantasy violence in Of Dragons, Feasts, and Murders and A Marvellous Light.


     


    Transcription


    The transcript of this episode is available here. Thank you so much to our wonderful team of scribes for their hard work!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 98: [SPOOKY NOISES]

    Episode 98: [SPOOKY NOISES]

    Happy (slightly belated) spooky season, darling listeners! On this week's episode we're talking about afterlife career plans and... well, ghosts! Tentpoles this week are Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, the film Ghost, and the Inception fic, “The Boy Who Spoke With Ghosts” by AvocadoLove.


     


    What We’re Into Lately
    Squid Game


    The Discord of Gods by Jenn Lyons
    A Chorus of Dragons series by Jenn Lyons
    The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
    My Words Will Be Your Light by Page161of180
    The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons
    Midnight Mass
    Naruto self-insert fic
    the name of the game by a_sassin
    the sun don't shine underground by ultranos
    Bar Cart Bookshelf
    How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom
    The Bride of the Blue Wind by Victoria Goddard
    “You Should Really Be Reading Victoria Goddard’s Nine Worlds Series” by Alexandra Rowland



    Other Stuff We Mentioned


    Snowpiercer
    The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
    The Magicians
    The Queen's Gambit
    Avatar: The Last Airbender
    The Hands of the Emperor by Victoria Goddard
    Bluebeard
    Inception
    The Sixth Sense


    Dead Like Me (2003)


    The Ghost of You by luchia


    The Untamed 


    All that’s left of two hearts on fire by Lirelyn 


    A Christmas Carol  by Charles Dickens


    Crimson Peak
    Be the Serpent Episode 74: Darling, It’s Better Down Where It’s Wetter
    Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
    Ghostbusters
    Supernatural
    Ask a Mortician YouTube channel
    a tempest, a cyclone, a goddamned hurricane by Dialux
    Boku no Hiro Akademia
    Yesterday Upon The Stair by PitViperOfDoom
    Black Sails
    the aftershocks remain by pdameron
    A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland


     


    For Next Time


    A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske


     


    Content Warnings
    Some gore in Ghost.
    Depictions/discussions of death through all tentpoles and the podcast discussion




    Transcription


    The transcript of this episode can be found here. Thank you to our wonderful team of scribes for their work!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 97: A Symphony of Serpents

    Episode 97: A Symphony of Serpents

    On this week's episode, we're discussing music! Musicians! Being gripped by the madness of creation! Selling one's soul for art! The tentpoles this week are the film Amadeus, the fanfic "String Theory" by toft,  and Ryka Aoki’s Light from Uncommon Stars.


     


    What We’re Into Lately 


    The Hellion’s Waltz by Olivia Waite
    Peter Cabot Gets Lost by Cat Sebastian
    The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
    Symphony for the City of the Dead by M. T. Adderson
    The Dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach
    Compass of thy Soul by Umei_no_Mai
    Campaign Skyjacks
    Skyjacks: Couriers Call
    Hannah Gadsby: Douglas
    The Wilds
    ‘In the Company of Gentlemen’ by Victoria Goddard



    Other Stuff We Mentioned


    Leverage
    The other two Feminine Pursuits books by Olivia Waite
    Sherlock
    Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
    Hollow and Honeycomb by antistar_e
    The Old Guard
    Lost
    The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
    Stargate: Atlantis
    Shakespeare in Love
    Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe (“topless towers of Ilium” quote)
    Maskerade by Terry Pratchett
    The Phantom of the Opera
    “Requiem” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    “Requiem” by Gabriel Fauré
    "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by The Charlie Daniels Band
    The Devil Went Down to Georgia (And Then Went Down on Johnny) series by notbecauseofvictories


    Black Swan (2010)


    Aria of the Sea by Dia Calhoun


    Catalyst by Jennifer Mace (unreleased)


    Scheherazade (character)


    A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
    Hamilton (musical)
    Fall Out Boy (band)
    Crystal Singer series by Anne McCaffrey
    Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
    Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
    Beatlemania
    Def Leppard (band)
    The Velvet Underground (band)
    Isavalta series by Sarah Zettel
    The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
    The Goose Girl from Grimms’ Fairy Tales
    Jack and the Beanstalk
    “Bonny Swans” traditional ballad
    Sistersong by Lucy Holland
    “The Bonny Swans” by Loreena McKennitt
    Hild by Nicola Griffith
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Harry Potter film score
    Ramin Djawadi’s musical scores for Game of Thrones & Westworld
    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


     


    For Next Time


    Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas


     


    Content Warnings
    Attempted suicide (in Amadeus and brief mention of it in the discussion)
    On-the-page sexual assault, on-the-page hate transphobia, child abuse both explicit and referenced (in Light From Uncommon Stars)


     


    Transcription


    The transcript of this episode can be found here. Thank you to our wondrous choir of scribes!

    • 1 hr
    Episode 96: Changing Places

    Episode 96: Changing Places

    On this week's episode, we're discussing body swap fic! Swapping bodies! Trading meatsuits! It's all fun and comedy, right? ...Or is it? Anyway, the tentpoles for this episode are the anime film, Your Name, the fanfic Vinculum by Skadiseven, and the Farscape episode, "Out of Their Minds."


     


    What We’re Into Lately 


    Bombshell by Sarah MacLean


    The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton


    Schmigadoon! (on Apple TV)


    Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells


    Pressure Machine by the Killers


    Campaign Skyjacks (podcast)


    The Bachelor’s Valet by Arden Powell
    Petty Treasons by Victoria Goddard


     


    Other Stuff We Mentioned


    The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
    The Hands of the Emperor by Victoria Goddard
    The Untamed
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
    Farscape


    The Dark Crystal
    Jupiter Ascending
    Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
    Star Trek: The Original Series
    Laughing Gas by PG Wodehouse
    Stranger Than Fiction
    Babylon 5
    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
    Sword Art Online
    Stargate
    The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    to memory now I can’t recall by Etharei
    Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
    Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
    Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
    Guardian
    Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
    Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
    Good Omens miniseries


     


    For Next Time


    Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki


     


    Content Warnings
    Mention of molestation in the context of the bodyswap trope (in episode discussion)


    Mention of dysphoria & trans erasure in the context of the bodyswap trope (in episode discussion)


     


    Transcription


    The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you to our stylish and fashionable team of scribes!

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

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New favorite!

If you love Overdue or The Worst Best Sellers you will love this podcast. It’s my new binge and it’s giving me so much to think about and new things to read. It’s also very comforting. I love it.

atseinio ,

The Trope-tastic Podcast of My Heart

I know that Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopia, and that the parlor is meant to be quietly horrifying, but if it existed I would happily spend my days sipping tea and pretending to be involved in the madcap and amazing conversations of these three wonderful people. Finding this podcast was one of my (very) few sources of true joy in 2020, and made a measurable difference in my ability to survive it.

As a fan and—extremely amateur hobbyist—writer of fantasy their discussions are constantly illuminating and inspiring, but the real magic is in their dynamic together as they dissect, digress, and occasionally make pterodactyl noises at one another. But also a word of warning: budget some money for new books, and plenty of time to read, because you will NEED it.

Lyanna S ,

fave

even when i have negative interest in the tentpoles they're discussing it's a good time just to listen to three friends bounce ideas and chat and hang out. which is not to say my TBR is not groaning from the weight of all the stuff the serpents mention. absolute top tier favorite podcast, keep it up guys!

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