13 episodes

Unnatural Selection is a monthly podcast about film adaptations of books, the weird choices Hollywood makes, and what actually constitutes a "good" adaptation. Each episode is hosted by Emma Shannon and a rotating cast of special guests.

Unnatural Selection Emma Shannon

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Unnatural Selection is a monthly podcast about film adaptations of books, the weird choices Hollywood makes, and what actually constitutes a "good" adaptation. Each episode is hosted by Emma Shannon and a rotating cast of special guests.

    Guardians of Ga'Hoole feat. The Ga'Hooligans Podcast

    Guardians of Ga'Hoole feat. The Ga'Hooligans Podcast

    What is this, a crossover episode? Unnatural Selection host Emma joins forces with PB and CJ of the Ga’Hoolingans Podcast to talk about, you guessed it, Zach Snyder’s Legend of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010), an adaptation of the first three books in Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole series! Join these three hosts as they go into the hollow of the Ga’Hoole tree to talk about egregious slow motion, uncannily detailed owls, and how amped we would have been as 10-year-olds witnessing this story about owl fascism.
     
    Content warnings for The Capture, The Journey, and The Rescue include: cult programming and deprogramming, white supremacy, fascism, child slavery, cannibalism, graphic depictions of owl feeding and digestion functions, PTSD nightmares, a lot of owl deaths, attempted fratricide, successful parricide, owl swears, and a weirdly racialized way of handling a real dynamic between owls and snakes.
     
    The articles Emma references in this episode can be found here: 
    https://movieweb.com/exclusive-john-orloff-talks-legend-of-the-guardians-the-owls-of-gahoole/
    https://www.expandedcinematography.com/the-cinematography-of-legend-of-the-guardians.html
     
    You can find Emma on twitter @ematsca and the show @UnselectPod. PB can be found on bluesky @paulyhedral and CJ @atypicalley. You can find PB’s ttrpgs at pauly3d.itch.io. Unnatural Selection and The Ga’Hooligans Podcast are both part of the Moonshot Podcast Network. If you want to hear more from Emma, PB, and CJ, check out the Moonshot twitch channel at moonshot.mov or support the network at patreon.com/moonshotnetwork.
     
    The music for this show was commissioned from and composed by Jake Loranger. You can find more of his work at https://amaranthine.bandcamp.com

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Annihilation feat. Jacqueline Swampert

    Annihilation feat. Jacqueline Swampert

    Get ready to inhale some spores, step through the shimmer into Area X, and explore a ~~tunnel~~ tower with Emma and Jacqueline as they take a look at Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation and the 2018 film adaptation of the same name. Listen along as they dive into the creative use of repurposed visuals, the differences between a biologist and Natalie Portman, and overlooking scientific curiosity in favor of the military.
     
    Content warnings for Annihilation include: body horror, gun violence, memory loss, hypnosis, gore, medical horror, and being replaced by a doppelganger.
     
    The articles Emma references in this episode can be found at:
    https://www.theringer.com/movies/2018/2/23/17036466/alex-garland-annihilation-interview-ex-machina
    https://screen-queens.com/2018/04/06/the-dancer-behind-annhilations-epic-ending/
     
    You can find Emma on twitter @ematsca and the show @UnselectPod. You can find Jacqueline on tumblr at swampert.tumblr.com. You listen to her show Unwise Girls on a podcatcher of choice. If you want to hear more of Emma and Jacqueline together, check them out on the show Dead Teen House Party. Unnatural Selection, Unwise Girls, and DTHP are all a part of the Moonshot Podcast Network. If you like what you’ve heard and want to support them, you can become a patron at patreon.com/moonshotnetwork.
     
    The music for this show was commissioned from and composed by Jake Loranger. You can find more of his work at https://amaranthine.bandcamp.com/

    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Lawnmower Man feat. Jory Andre

    The Lawnmower Man feat. Jory Andre

    Put on your VR headset and load up a CGI courtroom as Jory and Emma discuss the 1992 “adaptation” of Stephen King’s 1975 short story The Lawnmower Man. Join them as they discuss how loose an adaptation can get before it’s just a different piece of media entirely, why Stephen King sued, and how sometimes a director is wrong even if they’ve put a quality monkey into a movie.

    Content warnings for The Lawnmower Man (1975) include: animal death, descriptions of gore, public nudity, graphic lawnmower-based violence, and republican fathers.

    Content warnings for The Lawnmower Man (1992) include: flashing lights, terrible cgi, monkey violence, gun violence, death of an animal, mental ableism, abusive fathers (both parental and religious), and an absolutely horrifying instance of cybersex.

    The articles Emma references in this episode can be found at:
    https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/976/824/47250/
    https://collider.com/stephen-king-the-lawnmower-man-lawsuit/
    https://www.thecompanion.app/lawnmover-man-cyberpunk/

    You can find Emma on twitter @ematsca and the show @UnselectPod. You can find Jory on most sites @NoImJory and @jory.zone on Bluesky. Unnatural Selection is a part of the Moonshot Podcast Network. If you like what you’ve heard and want to support them, you can become a patron at patreon.com/moonshotnetwork. Jory’s podcast We Are! Watching One Piece can be found on twitter @WeAreWatchingOP

    The music for this show was commissioned from and composed by Jake Loranger. You can find more of his work at https://amaranthine.bandcamp.com/

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Catching Fire feat. Andrew Sherman

    Catching Fire feat. Andrew Sherman

    This month on Unnatural Selection, Andrew has volunteered as tribute to dive straight into the second book in the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire, without ever reading the first one! Listen along as they compare it to the 2013 film adaptation of the same name and talk about cut characters, the YA love triangle craze, why Katniss is stripped of her interiority, and what makes Hollywood think the death games are more interesting than the budding revolution surrounding them.
     
    Content warnings for Catching Fire include: police brutality, graphic depictions of violence, depictions of PTSD, torture, death of children, death in general, alcoholism, drug addiction, oblivious rich people, and fake dating. 
     
    You can find Emma on Twitter @ematsca and the show @UnselectPod. You can find Andrew on X the Everything App @CohostSherms and at the same handle on Bluesky. You can hear more from Andrew on the Argonauts Podcast, The Podcast Mines, and Mild Manor’d. All of these shows, as well as Unnatural Selection, are a part of the Moonshot Podcast Network. If you like what you’ve heard and want to support them, you can become a patron at patreon.com/moonshotnetwork.
     
    The music for this show was commissioned from and composed by Jake Loranger. You can find more of his work at https://amaranthine.bandcamp.com/

    • 1 hr 10 min
    A Christmas Carol feat. Juliet

    A Christmas Carol feat. Juliet

    Travel through Christmas past, present, and future with Emma and Juliet as they take on one of the many, MANY, adaptations of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol. This December they focus on 1992’s The Muppets Christmas Carol, which might genuinely be the most faithful adaptation even if Bob Cratchit is a loveable frog. Join them to gripe about dancing penguins, wax poetic about Dickens’ use of language, and talk about more Neopets than you would expect!
     
    Content warnings for A Christmas Carol include: hauntings, loneliness, death, death of a child (he gets better), violence against spirits, time travel, and the mortifying ordeal of listening to people talk about you when they think you aren’t there.
     
    The articles Emma cites in this episode can be found at: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/dec/21/how-we-made-the-muppet-christmas-carol
    https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/making-of-muppet-christmas-carol/
     
    You can find Emma on Twitter @ematsca and the show @UnselectPod. You can find Juliet on Cohost @folly and their show I’ll Be Pod for Castmas @christmas. Unnatural Selection and I’ll Be Pod for Castmas are both a part of the Moonshot Podcast Network. Become a patron at patreon.com/moonshotnetwork to hear even more shows from the two of them!
     
    The music for this show was commissioned from and composed by Jake Loranger. You can find more of his work at https://amaranthine.bandcamp.com/

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Stardust feat. Blink Marquis

    Stardust feat. Blink Marquis

    This episode was originally recorded on August 8, 2023.
     
    Follow Blink and Emma through the Wall and into Faerie as they break down the differences between Neil Gaiman’s 1999 novel adaptation of his own 1997 comic series Stardust and the 2007 film adaptation of the same name! Join them as they talk about painfully 2007 treatment of female characters, a lack of little hairy men, and how sometimes a movie doesn’t have to be good to be good, you know?
     
    Content warnings for Stardust include: Mid-2000’s misogyny, fantasy violence, and the use of the word “whoopsie” to describe Robert DeNiro in a dress.
     
    The article Emma discusses in the episode can be found at: https://dergipark.org.tr/tr/download/article-file/913568
     
    You can find Emma on twitter @ematsca and the show @UnselectPod. Blink’s a03 account can be found at username marquis. Unnatural Selection is a part of the Moonshot Podcast Network. 
     
    The music for this show was commissioned from and composed by Jake Loranger. You can find more of his music at https://amaranthine.bandcamp.com/

    • 1 hr 16 min

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