Welcome to the twenty-seventh episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya.
This episode is the first in a new series where we talk about YA books in a certain genre. First up is Dystopian stories and we chat about what dystopian societies are, why they are so popular, why Angelya sometimes finds them a bit too violent, and mention some of our favourite books. This episode was recorded on June 20th, 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!
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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.
Philly and Ang have been getting into posting book-related photos on Instagram! May include other randomness.
Philippa – @teatreetops
Angelya – @anni.treetops
- New Fifty Shades of Grey Book (Grey, EL James)? No thanks.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik to be made into a film, produced by Warner Bros and A Very Good Production (Ellen Degeneres and Jeff Kleeman), from article on tor.com
- The Shepherd’s Crown will be the final Discworld book – releasing August 27. Terry Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna will not be writing any more of them. From article on The Independent.
- Pilot episode titled “Winter Dragon”, for the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan aired at midnight one night in February on FXX. Here’s an article about it on io9, and a link to the pilot on YouTube.
Dystopia in YA
- Dystopia on Wikipedia
- Article on the Guardian – YA dystopias teach children to submit to the free market, not fight authority
- Article on the New York Times – Our Young-Adult Dystopia – New YA authors are basically turned into rock stars
- Article on the New Yorker – Fresh Hell – YA Dystopian fiction is so popular because it mirrors what happens in “stormy psyche of the adolescent reader”
- Article on The Conversation – Girls on fire: political empowerment in young adult dystopia – Social activism inspired by YA dystopian fiction.
Our dystopian favourites
What we’ve been reading…