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Episode 1: Reflections and an Explanation

Adventures in Podcasting

Ahoy, mateys! Gather round for the tale of our maiden voyage upon the S.S. Loaded Literature!


New endeavors often begin with a walloping dose of enthusiasm. Ideas pollinate the air as the new venture begins and excitement blossoms. All the hard stuff—the real nitty-gritty planning—lies just over the horizon where you can’t see it when a new idea sprouts its pretty, little head in your mind. But, as you’re enthusiastically frolicking through a field of new possibilities, you should keep one eye on that horizon, so you don’t end up tripping over your own feet when you hit the implementation phase of your venture.

We, the lovely ladies of Loaded Literature, know first hand the importance of keeping one eye on the horizon. The idea for this podcast came to us last year. Our first recording attempt occurred in January. You may be wondering: what the hell happened between January and June? To be succinct, we face planted. For some of us, this was a both a metaphorical and a literal faceplant.


We started off strong, though! As we describe in our analysis episode of Pride & Prejudice, the tea party was a hit. The food was great—minus my own cakes—and the drinks were flowing. Probably flowing a little too much.  As we finally sat down (drinks at the ready) to record after a night of nervous eating, we couldn’t do much but giggle. And overthink our format. And then spend almost three hours not talking about the plot of the novel, or the adaptations, or anything more important than Charlotte Lucas. Or that’s as much as I can remember, considering I ended the night on the face down on the floor.


Since that first recording, we ended up totally changing the format of the show, discovered a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making a podcast that no one tells you about, and we learned not to pregame before recording (at least not too much). Basically, we found out the hard way that turning your bright new idea into a reality is not as easy as talking about it—whudda thunk? But, we gathered together our remaining chutzpah, and tried again. I’m proud to say that it has been much smoother recording since then.


After our second attempt at recording Pride & Prejudice was a success, we were left with a conundrum: what to do with our first attempt? We had a couple of ideas. Saving it as a bonus episode for a later date. Turning the best bits into a blooper reel. Scrapping it entirely. As we listened though, we found that there were some bits simply too charming and genuine to leave out. So, what’s a gaggle of hags to do? Why, call upon their good friend and co-host Victor-ia “Frankenstein” Grey to scrap the freshest bits together and bring it to life!

 

So as you’re listening to our very first episode, please don’t be alarmed at any sudden changes in sound quality, jarring topic jumping, or strange misinformation (please read the following post for edits and important information we were unable to shove into the recording last minute!). Don’t listen to the first episode and view it as a bunch of audio clips of drunk women slapped together. Instead, choose to think of it as distilled enthusiasm. The past week has been a wild one for us. Victoria “Rumplstilskin” Grey has been spinning recordings into podcasting gold. Hale has been doing all the heavy lifting clerical work. And I’ve been crying in the shower. We made it over the horizon though and still have enthusiasm to burn.

Following episodes will be better, we promise. And if I am ever allowed to write a blog post again, I promise to work with more cohesive metaphors. Until then, enjoy listening and hop aboard!
— Anya

Episode 1-Pride & Prejudice-Analysis

Jane Austen is one of the most popular novelists of the 19th century. She has a cult following, and her books have been made into many adaptations. Her novels have inspired writers to create sequels, and her writing influenced many women writers to come. We are excited to announce our first book for the book club: Pride & Prejudice.

Episode 1-Analysis

 

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Intro-Limes:

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Promo

Do you love books and booze? Have you always wanted to join a book club, but don’t have the time or money to participate in a group? Well join us for our discussion of some of our favorite novels. Chat with us through social media, email us, and suggest other books for us to discuss. Listen to our promo below:

Welcome to Loaded Literature!

Hey guys, welcome! We’re glad to have you.

This is the official blog of the Loaded Literature Podcast. We are literature majors, bibliophiles, and book club members. We analyze and discuss literature of all kinds, old and new, canon and popular fiction, well known and obscure. We cover it all! And we’ll be drinking.

Every month we will cover a different book, and pair it with booze. We’ll often pair it thematically; something inspired by the text. We will try to pair it with food as well, but we make no promises there will be food for each text.

Here’s a teaser of our first pairing. Since we’re covering Jane Austen, we decided to go all out and have a tea party!

Tea Party

About three weeks out of each month we’ll release a segment of our discussion.

First we’ll cover the summary, the food pairing, and the analysis. SPOILER ALERT! When listening to a podcast about literature, expect endings to be ruined. We plan for the summary and analysis episode to be the longest. This is our meaty discussion, where we talk characters and relationships, situations and epic moments, what-ifs, comedy, tragedy, and literary techniques. The second episode will cover the contextual stuff. This episode will be shorter, and contain information we deem necessary for interpreting the texts we pick. These pieces of information may include, but are not limited to biographical information about the author, historical context surrounding the text, publication history if its interesting, and the random themes that pique our interests. An example of a theme from an upcoming episode will be mythological stuff, ’cause monsters, yo. This segment may also include some of our weird interests that come from the texts. This will all make sense when we get to Harry Potter, because we’ll only need to go over author bio once, which leaves more time for talking about magic. Finally in episode three we will cover adaptations. We understand not all of our texts will have adaptations, so instead we will pick some themes from the book and discuss media portrayals of it. This will make sense when we get to Three Day Road. ATTN: SUPERNATURAL FANS! Wendigos are coming.

Occasionally (when we have the time and inspiration) we will release mini episodes. These may include a week four of the book of the month, where we discuss poems that relate to the texts we’re reading. We may also occasionally release a book review. We might even do these on request! We will discuss our thoughts on the book, in a super casual way, and attempt to keep spoilers out of it. Also, don’t hold your breath on these. We are busy working women! We’ll get to them when we have time.

But seriously though. We want your involvement. We want you to feel a part of our book club. Send us requests, and if we can’t get to it in the book of the month, we’ll try to get to it in a book review. We have a long list of some of the best women and men in literature, from all over the world, and it keeps growing by the day.

Now for our inspiration for the blog. We wanted to create a way for our club members to feel connected to our podcast. We will post information about each episode on our blog, recipes for each of our pairings, information about the text, pictures, and (hopefully) some of our research to make this blog a resource for students as well.

For the first episode for example, we made many tasty goodies, but most importantly, our Regents Punch. In the first blog you can expect to find a recipe for what we dubbed “the Prince’s Jungle Juice.” We also made many other goodies, but we don’t want to spoil the first blog for you.

Here’s the Prince’s Jungle Juice

Regent's Punch 2

Notice also our “Next Book” announcement on our webpage. We will update this each month so those who want to read with us have plenty of time to prepare. Our first book will be Pride & Prejudice, so dust off your copy and get reading! We don’t have an official release date yet for our first episode, but we will update the webpage the second we know when to expect it. In the meantime, find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr to keep up with our progress in building this thing!

We look forward to book clubbing with you!

-Loaded Literature