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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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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 83: Space Sweepers!

    Episode 83: Space Sweepers!

    On today's episode we're buckling on our space shoes, picking up our space harpoons, and charging up our space laser guns, because we're doing a deep dive on the new South Korean scifi film, Space Sweepers.
     
    What We’re Into Lately
    An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
    The House of Always by Jenn Lyon
    Disarmed by Sarah Rees Brennan
    Word of Honor
    The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk
    Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno Garcia
    Boku no Hero Academia fanfic of the Star Wars crossover variety
    Mòxiāng Tóngxiù fanfic 
    Architects of Memory by Karen Osborne
     
    Other Stuff We Mentioned
    Jupiter Ascending
    Untamed
    Hikaru No Go
    Hannibal 
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    Firefly
    The Expanse
    Star Trek
    Star Wars
    Babylon 5
    Killjoys
    The Mandalorian
    Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
    Be the Serpent episode 1
    Acorna series by Anne McCaffrey
    Born Sexy Yesterday 
    Logan
    Interstellar
    The Expanse
    Futurama
    Bond movies
     
    For Next Time
    Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
     
    Content Warnings
    Death of a child (dealt with in-text) in Space Sweepers
     
    Transcription
    The transcript for this episode can be found here. Huge thanks to our team of scribes!!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Epsode 82: On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink

    Epsode 82: On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink

    On this week's episode, we're getting the gang back together to talk about girl gangs, teen squads, and spooky witchy girls! The tentpoles this week are The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke, Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark, and the fanfic “21st Century Girls” by springgreen.
     
    What We’re Into Lately
    Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
    The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.
    Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston
    The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by K.J. Charles
    Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
    Dawn by Octavia Butler
    A Bouquet of Czech Folktales by Karel Jaromír Erben, trans. Marcela Sulak
    Boku No Hero Academia fanfic
    as day follows night by The_Eclectic_Bookworm
    The Untamed fanfic
    Word of Honor
     
    Other Stuff We Mentioned
    Men in Black 
    Society of Gentlemen series by K.J. Charles
    The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Guardian
    Nirvana in Fire
    20th Century Boys manga series
    Sailor Moon manga series
    My Little Pony 
    St. Trinians 
    Ralph Breaks the Internet
    Stranger Things
    Jennifer’s Body
    Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
    Mean Girls
    Sex and the City
    Golden Girls
    Ocean’s 8
    Charlie’s Angels
    Totally Spies
    D.E.B.S
    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    Dark Angel
    The Old Guard
    Wonder Woman
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Dollhouse
    River Tam from Firefly
    Steven Universe
     
    For Next Time
    Space Sweepers
     
    Content Warnings
    Very brief mention of sexual assault (and description of its fallout) in Foul Is Fair, one of the "What We're Into Lately" books.
    Explicit depictions of racism (including the KKK) in Ring Shout.
    Kidnapping, attempted assault in The Scapegracers.
    Transcription
    The transcript for this episode can be found here. Huge thanks to our scribe team for their excellent work, as usual!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 81: An Apology, and a Collection of Recs

    Episode 81: An Apology, and a Collection of Recs

    On this week's episode, we're discussing a few changes we're making in our approach to the podcast, and we're gushing about some of our favorite recent and upcoming works, including Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan, and She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan.
     
    What We’re Into Lately
    Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard
    Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard 
    The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
    The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian
    A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
    The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons
    thepartyresponsible’s Batman-Avengers crossover fic
    Do Every Stupid Thing by thepartyresponsible
    Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
    Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
    Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
    Bridgerton
    Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?!
    The Sleuth of the Ming Dynasty
    Invitation to Wine (将进酒) by Tang Jiu Qing 唐酒卿 (Mandarin)
     
    Other Stuff We Mentioned
    Be the Serpent Episode 71: Back To School (feat. Naomi Novik)
    Be the Serpent Episode 72: Fangs for the Memories
    A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
    Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
    The Saddle Club
    Gossip Girl
    The Belles  by Dhonielle Clayton
    Wild Beauty Anna-Marie McLemore
    She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
    The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
    The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan
    The infamous Only One Bed trope
    Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole
    Runaway Royals series by Alyssa Cole
    Books by Alisha Rai  
     
    For Next Time
    Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
     
    Content Warnings:
    The Duke Who Didn't concerns protagonists encountering racism (both ambient and direct).
    She Who Became The Sun interrogates gender essentialist prejudice accurate to its historical setting.
    Raybearer deals with themes of child abuse/neglect.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 80: Extravaganza

    Episode 80: Extravaganza

    On this week's episode, we're bringing you an extra-long, extra special surprise: We're playing a one-shot of an RPG, using a game system designed by Alex, which uses a tarot deck rather than dice! Enjoy!
     
    As per the outro of this episode, the links to our statements in response to feedback we received on Episode 71:
    Macey’s statement RE BTS ep 71
    Freya’s statement RE BTS ep 71
    Alex’s statement RE BTS ep 71
     
    For Next Time
    We're taking a week off our regular release schedule. Never fear, we will return to your ears four weeks hence, rather than two.
     
    Transcription
    The transcript for this episode can be found  here. Extra thanks to our scribe team this week, they really knocked it out of the park with this chonky episiode!
     

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 79: These Newfangled Toys

    Episode 79: These Newfangled Toys

    This week we're talking about new technologies, platforms, and formats of storytelling! The tentpoles this week are the first episode of Campaign Skyjacks, the interactive fiction game Stay by E. Jade Lomax, and the twitter threadfic Still Waters aka Turtle Creek.
    What We’re Into Lately
    Untamed by Anna CowanThe Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo 
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThese Violent Delights by Micah NemereverQi hunHadesYesterday Upon The Stair  by PitViperOfDoom24 Hours in the Past The Repair ShopHistory Cold Case
     
    Other Stuff We Mentioned
    These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
    Patricia Highsmith novelsHikaru No Go manga and animeThe Queen’s GambitGreat British Bake Off“Birds Are Trying to Reinvent Your Heart” by Jennifer Mace“Eat prey, love” by Freya Marske in Unnatural Order Mermaids MonthlyWeekend at Bernie’sMilliways RPGMy Brother, My Brother, and MeThe Adventure ZoneCritical RoleSerial BoxThe WitcherPerson of Interest, aka “The husbands show”The Harper Hall of Pern by Anne McCaffreyPirates of the CaribbeanGroundhog DaySleep No MoreMacbeth by William ShakespeareMass Effect 3Stephen King’s ItIt (2017)It (2019)
    Homestuck
    Blaseball
    The War of the Worlds radio show
    Welcome to Night Vale podcast
    Alice Isn’t Dead (presented by Welcome to Night Vale)
    The Lizzie Bennet Diaries webseries
    The Magnus Archives podcast
    The Bright Sessions podcast
    The Archers radio play
    ‘Fan Is A Tool-Using Animal’ talk by Maciej Cegłowski
    Delicious website
    Macey’s audio fiction “A Cradle of Vines” out with Cast of Wonders
    Macey’s upcoming audio fiction piece with GlitterShip
    Snow White folktale

    For Next Time
    Nothing! It's the Extravaganza, and we've got an extra-special surprise for you!
     
    Transcription
    The transcript of this episode can be found here. Thank you as always to our stunningly talented team of scribes!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 78: Baby, Remember My Name

    Episode 78: Baby, Remember My Name

    On this week's episode, we're discussing celebrity culture, the cost of fame, and three brilliant tentpoles: A Knight’s Tale, Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade, and “#bakudeku” by rageprufrock.
     
    What We’re Into Lately
    The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk
    On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
    CryoBurn by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Eager by Ben Goldfarb
    live from new york by varnes
    The Murder of Crows by cerbykerby
    Hades
    My Hero Academia
     
    Other Stuff We Mentioned
    Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri
    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Lots of Untamed fic
    Saturday Night Live
    A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
    AML preorders pinned tweet
    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    Jupiter Ascending
    Bend It Like Beckham
    Game of Thrones
    Drastically Redefining Protocol by rageprufrock
    Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
    Boku No Hero Academia
    No Less Unthinkable by rageprufrock 
    Red, White & Royal Blue Casey McQuiston
    Black Sails 
    You’re Wrong About podcast
    Hannibal
    Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
    A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland (upcoming, 2022)
    Notting Hill
    Fame
    Jaskier from The Witcher
     
    For Next Time
    Stay? by E. Jade Lomax (Interactive Fiction game)
     
    Transcription
    The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you to our wonderful team of scribes for their hard work!

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

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!

Stockallison ,

too smug

i find the hosts too gleefully smug and obnoxious for me to enjoy, which is a shame since so few podcasts discuss transformative work and literature on the same level. sigh...

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