Femme Fatale

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By: Moya Bonzelaar

Femme Fatale is a literary character defined as a conniving seductress, someone who cannot be trusted. In the fantasy and science fiction genres, male authors far outnumber the women and their names are more widely recognized. It's time to change that. Femme Fatale is a podcast about the female authors of the fantasy and science fiction world, where their life and works will be celebrated. It's time to change the way women are viewed in literature.

Episode 18: 10 Black Women Who Write Sci-Fi and Fantasy
02/16/2022

I did not announce this in the episode, but I will be switching over to an every other week schedule for the podcast.

Thanks for understanding!


Episode 17: The Haunting of Hill House Show vs. Book
02/02/2022

This week I am discussing the similarities and differences between The Haunting of Hill House Netflix show and the book written by Shirley Jackson.

Trigger Warning: I do briefly discuss suicide in this episode, I apologize for not mentioning it in the audio.

If you are interested in buying The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, you can find it on bookshop.org

You can also watch the t.v. miniseries on Netflix.


Episode 16: Gilded Book Review (Ft. Noël Rathnaw)
01/26/2022

In this week's episode, Noël and I dive into a book review for Gilded by Marissa Meyer.

If you want to buy this book, you can find it on bookshop.org


Episode 15: The Big 5 Publishers
01/19/2022

This week I do a roundup of the top 5 publishing companies in the world, otherwise known as "The Big 5".

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/25/books/penguin-random-house-simon-schuster-publishing.html

https://www.harpercollins.com/pages/worldwide-company-profile

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/about-us/our-story/

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Penguin-Random-House

https://www.penguin.co.uk/company/about-us/company-history.html

https://www.palgrave.com/gp/media-centre/press/macmillan-celebrates-175-years-of-publishing/15483290

https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/company-history/

https://about.simonandschuster.biz/corporate-history/


No New Episode Announcement
01/12/2022

There is no new episode this week due to the fact that I got COVID-19 the first weekend of January and didn't have time to work on the podcast. There will be a new episode up next week though!


Episode 14: 22 New Releases for 2022
01/06/2022

In this extra special episode, I go through 22 books coming this coming year!

If you are interested in purchasing any of these books you can do so on bookshop.org


Episode 13: Marissa Meyer
01/05/2022

Happy new year! For the first episode of 2022, I am talking about the author, Marissa Meyer.

If you want to buy any of her books, you can find them on bookshop.org

Resources:

https://www.marissameyer.com/about-marissa-meyer/

https://www.southsoundmag.com/arts-entertainment/interview-marissa-meyer/article_be7fe88c-4024-55ef-9234-8e2e4af2c8a3.html

https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/feb/02/marissa-meyer-lunar-chronicles-interview

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marissa_Meyer

https://onetruedaydreamer.com/2020/10/31/author-interview-with-marissa-meyer/


Episode 12: Problematic Authors (Ft. Noël Rathnaw)
12/22/2021

This week, Noël and I begin the discussion about problematic authors.

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2010/jan/13/death-of-the-author

https://bookriot.com/mourning-problematic-authors/

https://www.pajiba.com/seriously_random_lists/10-problematic-authors-i-have-trouble-separating-from-their-work.php

https://cardiffstudentmedia.co.uk/quench/literature/problematic-authors-should-we-separate-the-writer-from-the-writing/

https://www.rhiannonkthomas.com/blog/jkr-death-of-the-author

The Death of an Author Essay:

https://sites.tufts.edu/english292b/files/2012/01/Barthes-The-Death-of-the-Author.pdf

Trigger Warning Websites:

https://booktriggerwarnings.com/index.php?title=Welcome

https://bookriot.com/trigger-warnings-for-books/


Episode 11: "Circe" Review
12/15/2021

Check out this week's book review on Circe by Madeline Miller

If you want to skip the spoiler part of the episode here is the timestamp for the end of the episode: (42:40)

If you want to buy Circe check out bookshop.org


Episode 10: The Ugly Truth About the Dewey Decimal System
12/08/2021

This week I am talking about the life of Melvil Dewey and the Dewey Decimal Classification system he created.

An example of a Dewey Decimal Classification for the book The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab:

813.6

Sources:

https://biography.yourdictionary.com/melvil-dewey

https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2014/03/24/melvil-dewey-compulsive-innovator/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/melvil-deweys-name-stripped-top-library-award-180972514/

https://libguides.pratt.edu/dewey-decimal-system/melvil-dewey

https://sixthformstudyskills.ncl.ac.uk/libraries/overview-the-dewey-decimal-system/

https://bookriot.com/racism-in-the-dewey-decimal-system/

https://www.careharder.com/blog/systemic-injustice-in-the-dewey-decimal-system


Episode 9: Madeline Miller
12/01/2021

I have some big news today, followed by an episode about author, Madeline Miller.

Sources:

http://madelinemiller.com/the-author/

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/29/books-that-made-me-madeline-miller


Episode 8: Spooky Season Special!
10/20/2021

This week, I am going through 10 spooky reads to enjoy this spooky season or whenever you need a little extra spooky in your life.

If you want to buy any of the books I mentioned in this episode, head on over to www.bookshop.org


Episode 7: "Gods of Jade and Shadow" Review (Ft. Noël Rathnaw)
10/13/2021

This week, Noël and I deep dive into Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

You can find her books on bookshop.org

If you don't want to hear any spoilers skip ahead to (1:00:27) and to hear about what we are currently reading!


Episode 6: Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Her Works
10/06/2021

This week, I dive deeper into the short stories, collections, novellas and novels written by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

NOTE: Part way through the episode I said novels are 50k-60k words. I meant to say they are 50k-60k or more.

Check out Silvia Moreno-Garcia's website below!

https://silviamoreno-garcia.com/


Episode 5: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
09/29/2021

For the next three weeks, I will be talking about Silvia Moreno-Garcia and her works. As the first episode in this mini-series, I talk about her bio and some struggles she has faced as a Latinx author.

Her Website: https://silviamoreno-garcia.com/

Thesis: https://www.academia.edu/24817799/MagnaMaterwomenandeugenicthoughtintheworkofH.P._Lovecraft

Innsmouth Free Press: https://innsmouthfreepress.com/

Interviews:

https://pen.org/the-pen-ten-silvia-moreno-garcia/

https://bookstr.com/article/in-conversation-with-silvia-moreno-garcia/

https://www.cbc.ca/books/why-silvia-moreno-garcia-likes-to-write-genre-bending-novels-1.4368993


Episode 4: The Several Parts to Literary Sexism (Ft. Noël Rathnaw)
09/22/2021

This week, special guest Noël Rathnaw and I discuss the many aspects of Sci-Fi and Fantasy that are sexist. Below you will find the articles we drew this information from.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/things-only-women-writers-hear

https://www.bustle.com/p/thingsonlywomenwritershear-sheds-light-on-the-sexism-that-female-writers-face-daily-51928

https://jezebel.com/homme-de-plume-what-i-learned-sending-my-novel-out-und-1720637627

https://bookriot.com/sexist-problem-in-fantasy/

https://battlefieldearth.com/a-short-history-of-the-birth-of-sci-fi/

https://library.sdsu.edu/scua/new-notable/early-female-authors-science-fictionfantasy-0

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2013/08/speculative-fiction-has-sexism-problem/312355/

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2013/aug/08/science-fiction-invisible-women-recognition-status

https://www.theguardian.com/b...


Episode 3: "Oryx and Crake" Review
09/15/2021

This week I am taking a closer look at one of Atwood's novels, Oryx and Crake.

Support local bookstores by buying new books from bookshop.org


Episode 2: Margaret Atwood: Her Works
09/08/2021

This week, we are going through Atwood's life works. We will be taking a closer look at her novels and ending with a short discussion on the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale.

Support local bookstores by shopping at bookshop.org

Follow the podcast on Instagram at femmefatale.pod


Episode 1: Margaret Atwood
09/01/2021

In our first episode about Margaret Atwood, we will be learning about her childhood and career as a writer.

You can support local bookstores by purchasing Oryx and Crake from bookshop.org

Documentary: Margaret Atwood: Once In August filmed by Michael Rubbo


Trailer for Femme Fatale
08/07/2021

I am so excited to announce this new podcast, Femme Fatale! The first episode will be released on September 1st. I hope you will join me on this journey to uplift female authors in the fantasy and sci-fi realm.