Books That Burn

A book review podcast where we discuss how authors treat and traumatize their characters.

Interview 2: Shaina Krevat, Part 1 of 2

July 31st, 2020

Hello Patrons! Please enjoy the spoiler-free (or at least spoiler-light) portion of our interview with author Shaina Krevat. Timestamps are marked for the interview questions. 

Introductions (0:00)

Brief description of books written by Shaina Krevat (Tales of Mundane Magic). (0:15)

Can you talk a little about the way trauma works in your writing? (2:10)

Do you plan traumatic events ahead of time for your characters or do they just unfold as you write the story? (3:17)

Do you ever put in traumas for representations sake, to work through things you've experienced or to "flesh out" a character? (4:40) 

Has a traumatic event in your books ever changed your perception of a character? (7:55) 

Do you have a good example of a marginalized culture in your books? (9:20) 

What is your approach to incorporating visible characters of color? (12:05) 

 Have you ever had a character surprise you with an aspect of their identity after you started writing? (16:08) 

(Building on the last question) Have you ever had that happen with appearance or with racial or cultural identity? (17:58) 

When building your characters’ identities, what aspects did you intentionally include? (20:00) 

Do you consider your character’s body image when depicting them and their traumas? (22:10) 

Bridget has one mundane eye and one eye that only sees magic. Is there a difference in how she navigates the world when she's in mundane areas vs areas with concentrated magic? (26:42) 

Do you tend to write disabilities based on a specific set of references (either that exists in our world or under specific rules in your world)? (29:30) 

What is your favorite non-traumatic thing in any of your published books? (36:20)

Do you have a favorite book written by someone else, and if so what makes it your favorite? (37:55)

What types of books are you interested in reading more of? (39:18)

Pluggables and Outro (40:00) 

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Check out Shaina Krevat's website for more info about her writing, Tales of Mundane Magic also has a website. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook,  Instagram, and Tumblr, or check out her Goodreads profile

Major works by Shaina Krevat discussed in this interview: "Tales of Mundane Magic: Volume One", "Tales of Mundane Magic: Volume Two",  "Tales of Mundane Magic: Volume Three". 

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You can find Robin's written reviews of Tales of Mundane Magic;  Part One; Part Two; and Part Three at Reviews that Burn.

Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Stand-Alone 5: Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds

July 27th, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds. Robin has been looking forward to this episode all year, ever since it was recommended to them by a very helpful librarian when they went home for Christmas 2019. We're pleased to report that the book was as good as they were told, and we're excited to share our discussion with you. 

Topic 1: Mom - Death of family members. Begins at (1:30), CW for self-harm, gun violence, murder, revenge killings, death of family members. 

Topic 2: Will - Premeditation of murder. Begins at (11:30), CW for ideation about death and violence. 

Topic 3: Will - Cycle of violence: Revenge edition. Begins at (22:00), CW for gun violence, revenge killing, trauma on readers. 

Promo for Infectious Groove; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (32:10). 

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Read the transcript here.

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You can check out Robin's written review of the book at Reviews That Burn. 

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Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Discussion 1: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

July 14th, 2020

Welcome to our first discussion episode, the topic is J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series. Please read the CWs in the show notes below before proceeding with the episode. Take care of yourselves, and we understand if you need to skip this one.

This episode is mainly for people who are currently unaware of or just learning about J. K. Rowling's problematic nature and rampant transphobia. When we recorded this, in early July 2020, JKR had been putting out at least one transphobic tweet for almost a month and a half and doesn't show any sign of stopping. We focused our discussion on portrayals of bigotry and trauma in the main Harry Potter series, with some discussion of the contents of her recent tweets.

This book contains specific spoilers for the first book, and general spoilers for the full Harry Potter series.

  • Discussion topics/CWs:

    • Fatphobia (linking large body sizes with laziness and cruelty)
    • Child abuse (food restriction and malnourishment, denying meals to a minor, locking a minor in a confined space as punishment)
    • Racism (anti-Black and anti-Asian racism, specifically)
    • Antisemitism (portrayal of Gringotts Goblins)
    • Slavery (House Elves)
    • Betrayal (implications of JKR's actions)

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Series 5, Episode 3: The Kingdom of Gods - N. K. Jemisin

July 13th, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “The Kingdom of Gods”, book three of The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin. 

Topic 1: Kahl - Abandonment. Begins at (0:50), CW for abandonment. 

Topic 2: Sieh - Loss of Innocence. Begins at (17:00), CW for loss of innocence. 

Topic 3: The Arameri - Cycle of Violence: Colonialism Edition. Begins at (27:20), CW for slavery, colonialism. 

Promo for Too Many Captains; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (39:25). 

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If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon. Patrons at any level will receive the bonus Epilogue episode for this series.

You can check out Robin's written review of the book at Reviews That Burn

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Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

 

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