Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies! Our episode title this week again comes from this accurate depiction of Avengers fandom by Avibroso.
Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:
- This Week in Comics
Young Avengers #11, Saga #15, Pretty Deadly #3 and Sex Criminals #2 | Becca's Loki feels kick into high gear with YA #11 and this news from NY Comic Con. Want to see a picture of Loki's new costume? We'll do you you one better. Saga gets serious as its characters debate a mother's role in her family and someone gets shived. We have a difference of opinion on Pretty Deadly and Sex Criminals, the new creator-owned comics from TWiL faves Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction, respectively. Finally, enjoy this unintentional Easter Egg from YA #11.
- This Week in TV
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | We're not loving SHIELD , but we've got some suggestions for improvement, mainly: make Ming-Na Wen the star. Also, pro-tip for TV producers: Austin doesn't have a lot of palm trees. We're on to you. Also also, here's Alyssa Rosenberg talking about the amazing potential of near-future science fiction.
- Fan Culture in Popular Culture
We jumped right into discussions of fandom and fanfiction, but if that's all Greek to you, start here with Lev Grossman. Don't know what the hell Becca's talking about when she says "AO3?" Grossman can help you out there, too.
We continue the discussion we started last week on depictions of fans in popular culture. Here's the link to Sarah D. Bunting's "Dork: The Other White Meat," which we like to pair with John Scalzi's "Who Gets to Be a Geek? Anyone Who Wants to Be." There's great stuff in both about what it means to love popular culture.
Check out this blog post for more examples of fanfiction masquerading as literary fiction. It's everywhere, y'all! Need more examples of the literary phenomena we discuss? Check out these Goodreads lists: Biographical Fiction, Books With Real People Characters, Mysteries Featuring Real Literary Authors and Fictionalized Accounts of Real People.
TV Tropes is the place to go for examples of depictions of fans on TV and even distinguish between Straw Fans ("a not-so-thinly veiled attack on the fans for their complaints about the work") and Loony Fans ("follows the main characters everywhere out of obsessive admiration"). Among the specific examples we give is the Castle episode "The Final Frontier."
Our giveaway from last episode is still going on! Want to win your own copy of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell? Follow us on Twitter @TWiLPodcast and tweet about the show to your friends! We'll announce the winner on Episode 13!
- This Week in Shit You Should Be Listening To
"Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" by Alanis Morrissette from the De-Lovely soundtrack
Thanks for listening!