Podcast Episode #25: Strong Characters

May 10, 2015 Podcast 0


Welcome to the twenty-fifth episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya.

rogueIn this episode we give a joint review of Rogue by Julie Kagawa, and discuss strong characters in YA, mostly relating to strong female characters. What makes them strong, and what could be improved? We also talk about what we’ve been reading. This episode was recorded on May 9th, 2015.

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear your feedback – anything you would like us to talk about in particular? Just let us know!

You can listen to past episodes of the podcast, as well as the various ways to subscribe on the main podcast page.

Our title music is titled Sea of Dreams and has been used with the kind permission of the composer, Bart Stoop. You can hear more of Bart’s beautiful music at facebook.com/BartStoop.


Strong Female Characters

Books and films mentioned: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Sleeping Beauty/Maleficent, The Lunar Chronicles (Fairest) by Marissa Meyer

Sara Douglass’ website containing her articles on writing. Sorry I couldn’t find a direct link to her article about villains but there’s some great items on her site anyway.

Strong Female Character examples and criticisms: Geek feminism wiki

We’re losing all our strong female characters to Trinity Syndrome: The Dissolve.com

Why strong female characters are bad for women: Overthinking It

Oh No, She Didn’t (advice for writing strong female characters): Tor.com

Joint Review: Rogue (Talon #2) By Julie Kagawa

Published April 28 by Harlequin Teen.

Philippa’s rating – four-stars

Angelya’s rating – four-stars

Other News:

Next episode will be from TeenCon2015 at the Sydney Writer’s Festival (May 24)! We’ll be recording at the venue so please come and say hi if you recognise us and we might ask you a couple of questions for the next episode!


Other Books Mentioned


Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

The Novice by Taran Matharu

The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colours of Madeleine #2) by Jaclyn Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty


Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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