Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast

103. Discussing Fandom from Down Under, and More Young Reader Recs

In this week's episode, Sarah chats with Nikki, an Australian romance reader who is also part of the Buffy fandom Down Under. They chat about fandoms, and some of the reasons they make people happy, as well as Emma Approved, going down the rabbit hole when you love something that much, and more. Then, more recommendations for young readers! 

Here are the books we discuss in this week's episode:

Howl's moving castle witch week the homeward bounders

eight days of luke abhorsen sabriel

lireal mister Monday The House with the clock in its walls John Bellairs

better nate than ever five six seven nate Ghosthunters 1 Audiobook

Book  Dragon Rider read by Brendan Fraser Book hot to Train Your Dragon - read by David Tennant Book Harry Potter - Read by Stephen Fry

Book Harry Potter read by Jim Dale



Book Blurred - Kim Karr This podcast is brought to you by InterMix, publisher of Blurred—the steamy new Connections novella from New York Times bestselling author Kim Karr.

The story before the love story….

When he lost the only woman he’d ever loved, it seemed there was nothing left to live for. Even as a boy, all Ben Covington ever wanted was to spend forever with Dahlia London, the beautiful girl next door…then one life-altering decision tore them apart and he was forced to leave her.

Now, despite having returned to win her back, he’s still alone. She’s with someone else—someone she’s never going to leave. Resigned to a future without his former girlfriend, Ben numbs his broken heart in a haze of liquor and women.

But then the only woman who ever even turned his head while he was with his girl reappears unexpectedly.

And he’s never forgotten their one incredible night together.

But will Ben’s destructive behavior destroy his future with her before it even begins? 

You can find Blurred where ebooks are sold.



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  1. 1

    In fairness to the Buffy fandom, the story isn’t actually over. I hate to sound pretentious, but the in world Buffy series is actually still being written because since the show was canceled the series has continued on in the form of comics.

    But yeah, GREAT podcast! I absolutely loved this and found it so fun to listen to!

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    StarOpal says:

    Great podcast!

    I was thinking the same thing Jacqueline! I was like ‘but the comics…’ So obviously Buffy fandom was a huge one for me (which I still love and will have in depth discussions and debates still). I was very devoted to the Harry Potter fandom, and Labyrinth. But the one that started me was a little known anime called Ronin Warriors (a very, very long time ago). It was a smaller -and very friendly- fandom that totally was the perfect starting ground to get one’s feet wet with all things fan back during the cyberboom/geocities days.

    I love several things about fan stuff. Firstly there’s sooo much talent out there from art to writing to video editing to cosplay, just on that level it is completely fascinating to me. Then there’s the ability to give a “proper ending”/closer to story lines that maybe never got completed, shows that got cancelled, etc. The ability to celebrate a specific character or explore an aspect of a universe that the story didn’t go into. Or even to “fix” something that you felt should’ve been different (ie the “why did that character have to die?! Whyyyyyy!”).

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    SB Sarah says:

    Oh! That’s really cool!! I didn’t know that the story continued in comic form, and I apologize for the misinformation.

    And yes – the talent in fandoms is incredible. I love how the internet allows me to connect with people who love the same things I do, and allows that connection to occur over art and non-written forms of creative expression when language barriers would otherwise make it impossible to communicate.

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    Vasha says:

    “Howl’s Moving Castle” (the book not the movie) is one of my facorite pg-rated romances—entirely chaste, but Howl and Sophie are marvelous together, the way their personaluties spark, the way they eventually value each other’s flaws, the way they drive each other to be better.

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    LOL No worries, Sarah :). Until this year, I had no idea that the series was ongoing in comic form either!

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    Sarita says:

    I’ve lurked on the edge of a few anime/manga fandoms, at one time Sailor Moon (the old, terribly dubbed one) Inuyasha (more the manga then the anime) and Ruroni Kenshin. My current obsession is Skip Beat! I have tended to be to shy to really participate, even when I have dabbled in reading and writing fanfiction. This site is my first go at really connecting to a fandom, actually. I’ve loved other things, like Firefly and Supernatural, but for some reason I only get super obsessive about the anime. Oh, and I guess Wheel of Time, back in the day.

    I’ve been thinking recently that writing fanfic is probably good practice for careers like tv writer, screenwriter, or writing for major comics. Things that professionally require you to work with existing worlds and characters.

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    Too cool! I recently (as in like, the last two months) have REALLY gotten into anime and manga! Mainly the Shoujo genre, because it caters to all the romance-y adorableness that feeds the dark place in my heart, LOL.

    I recently purchased the first volume of Skip Beat because it looks adorable, and I’m currently in the middle of Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight, Tomoko Hayakawa’s The Wallflower, Kiyoko Arai’s Beauty Pop, and Hisaya Nakajo’s Hana-Kimi (I’ve seen the Korean drama of this and LOVED it!) For animes, I’ve only finished Ouran High School Host Club and Lovely Complex, but that’s just because NOW I’m hardcore into the Kdrama fandom (a byproduct of my having fallen in love with Shoujo.) The manga-to-live-action Korean drama Boys Over Flowers hooked me hardcore, and I’ve seen the Jdrama and Twdrama versions, too.

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