We're Courtney and we're Sara and we're Bodice Tipplers, the podcast where we read the romance novels we used to steal off our grandmothers' nightstands (and then we drink about it.) Join us each episode as we examine the good, the bad, and the throbbing of vintage romances.
Secrets and Lies by Selena Montgomery AKA Stacey Abrams
He's a cat burglar, she's an ethnobotanist, they both get their cardio in and it's Medicine Man has a weirdly paced baby with Romancing the Stone! On this special Thanksgiving episode we give genuine thanks to Stacey Abrams for her tireless work flipping the state of Georgia oh my freaking god you guys! And if you'd like to thank a black woman for doing a hard grimy job nobody else wanted to do, don't give her more work to do - give her money! Go buy her books!
No major trigger warnings for this episode except that it's romantic suspense, so there's some torture-murder in it. And a lot of instant oatmeal.
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
It’s spooky season you mofos! That means a creepy book. This year we leave the world of ghost banging and half assed witches to deep dive into vampires! Buckle Up because we are riding the Vampire Lestat train. The follow up to Anne Rice’s 1976 book, Interview with a Vampire, is all about that vampy rock and roll lifestyle. Published in 1985 this book is a bedazzled and spandex approach to what to do when you are undead.
Featuring special guest Dr. Claire Mischker, we take an EXTREMELY DEEP DIVE into this cultural phenomenon. Trigger warnings include nonconsensual biting, mass murder of blonde guys, witholding mothers, wolf attacks, excessive eyeliner, and skinny jeans. And so many pirate shirts.
The Persian Boy by Mary Renault
Ever get super horny for Alexander the Great, conqueror of worlds? You will. Join us as we get classical up in here with Mary Renault's 1972 The Persian Boy, a book about a traumatized teenager whose vast ambition centers entirely on jumping Alexander's bones. Heads up - this book's got all sorts of traumatic historical stuff in it including but not limited to forced castration, rape, enslavement, and up close and personal war.
We are honored to have a special guest for this episode - John Kinard teaches English at the University of South Carolina, is a librarian at Allen University, believes in the ultimate triumph of the proletariat, and still thinks a great deal about Elisabeth Shue's coat/scarf combo in Adventures in Babysitting. Check out a piece John wrote for us on our show notes at BodiceTipplers.com!
Dreaming by Jill Barnett
She's a public menace, he's trying his best to be a devil may care rake but keeps landing on "that cat in the Pepe le Pew cartoons" - it's Dreaming by Jill Barnett, a book with surprise witches, a shocking number of shipwrecks and kidnappings, and a cautionary tale about staying away from people who are "clumsy as a character trait".
No major warnings for this one unless you count "didn't know this was a sequel until halfway through" and "oh my god somebody save this man".
Kajira of Gor
We have a very special treat for you this episode! Miss Honey Analverkehr of My Mum is a Pornstar joined us all the way from Australia to talk about a book that had a big impact on her as a young person, John Norman's Kajira of Gor.
Green Fire by Stephanie James
For those of you not "in the know", Jayne Ann Krentz (actually Jayne Castle) writes under a ton of pseudonyms and this is one of them. We wanted to read another one of hers since we HATED Ghost of a Chance. This one does also feature a very alpha dominant male, but other than the Romance Novel Peril and some kind of questionable breaking and entering there's nothing gross in this book.
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A model book club
Funny and enthusiastic hosts with a fun idea: read trashy lit add alcohol and see what happens. Despite some questionable books, the podcast is great. If you’re a fan of book clubs subscribe now!
WARNING: you will snort out loud.
Okay, now that I’ve warned you, I have to say this is one of the funniest and weirdest podcasts I have had the joy of listening to. The cohosts are whip-smart, a little (a lot) tipsy, and have nary a filter between them. Escapism at its finest.
A romp and a delight!
If you like old school romance novels and wine and southern accents, this is your jam! Even if you don’t like those things, you’ll LOL listening to this podcast. While the hosts’ commentary is informed and hilarious, it’s also contextualized and socially aware. If it dials up in intensity and volume as your listen (it will!), just know it’s because they’re tippling as they tear into these bodice rippers.
These episodes combine knowledge about the subject with legitimate review of the books, as well as some highly entertaining commentary. Also, for you book lovers, you can READ ALONG!
This is one of my favorite podcasts, and it should be yours too.