Handmaid’s Tale Analysis

Novelist. Poet. Critic. Essayist. Inventor. Instructor. Activist. Feminist.

That is who wrote this amazing dystopian novel. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has changed people’s lives. It has inspired resistance. Feminists everywhere have adopted the story to serve as a warning. We hear often that dystopian novels give us a glimpse of the extremes of which our society can resort. In 2018, the surveillance of 1984, technology of Brave New World, and censorship of Fahrenheit 451 have never been more prevalent. However, Atwood’s dystopian novel gives us insight into fears of limited women’s rights, and reproductive rights. This book, however unsettling it may be, is worth the read.

 

Limes:

https://soundcloud.com/limes-3

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5o4dgimn1R07w1d2ZzpzpP

 

Joe Bae:

https://soundcloud.com/joe-bae-4

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7BpL4nhNnrTDvC5Qb0p2h6

Mini-Episode 2-Harry Potter Candy

This is all about the candy. No. I mean that literally. We’re just talking candy. Stick around at the end of the podcast to hear from our podcasting friends LadySh!t with Lily and Britt Podcast!

 

Limes: Intro

https://soundcloud.com/limes-3

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5o4dgimn1R07w1d2ZzpzpP

 

Joe Bae: Outro

https://soundcloud.com/joe-bae-4

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7BpL4nhNnrTDvC5Qb0p2h6

My Experience with Harry Potter

Hey y’all.

I’m sure at some point in our latest episodes I’ve gone over this, but I really want to talk about my experience with Harry Potter.

Now, I’m sure there are a lot of you out there who grew up reading the series, much like Anya and Victoria, but I was not a reader. Reading involved a lot of focus and, to be honest, all I wanted to do when I was a child was be outside. I never really understood reading. I would never focus on it enough to really engage my imagination, and I feel like I lost out on a lot because of that.

It’s funny when I think about it now because younger me loved everything magic related, and older me believes reading is magic. Younger me really loved things that seemed impossible, older me still loves those things, but I feel like younger me would have loved a story about kids saving a bunch of nitwit adults and dealing with the extraordinarily harsh reality that is growing up, making friends, making enemies, and trying to find out where you belong (current me still faces those realities, but that’s an entirely different story). But even though I loved those ideas, I never read the Harry Potter series.

And while I feel like I missed out on the story as told by the incomparable J.K. Rowling, I don’t feel like I missed out on Harry Potter.

As a person who studies books for a living, I think it was really difficult for me to read Harry Potter for the first time with the critical background I have developed over my years of studying books. Now, I’m sure I’ll offend a few people by saying this, but the first two books were genuinely a struggle for me. They were so simple and, as someone who saw the movies first, I found it hard to imagine the amount of detail I had seen on screen in something that is so blatantly a children’s book. Maybe that says more about my not-as-active adult imagination than it does about the books, but I don’t think the books were terrible. I just found them hard to get through. I wanted more. I wanted to see these characters and places as vividly in my mind as I had seen them on screen. Which is why I cannot say I feel like I missed out on Harry Potter.

Yes, I missed out on a few things like Peeves and the Death Day scene (just thinking of the first two books in general), but I did not miss out on being brought on the journey with our three friends, Harry, Hermione, and Ron.

For someone like younger me, who would have rather been outside collecting all kinds of cuts and bruises from dawn till dusk, I think the movies did a fantastic job at making their audience feel like they were figuring everything out with the characters. And I know this has everything to do with the way J.K. wrote the story, but I did not feel like I was missing enough to warrant me fighting myself to read the books as a child.  I feel like I would have hated every second of it and ultimately that would have made me hate reading more than I already did. I’m a firm believer that to really get into reading you have to find the right thing for you, something that you see yourself in, and I know for a lot of you that might have been Harry Potter. You are lucky that you found yourself in a series as special as this one. But for me, reading came much later. The Harry Potter movies were more my speed and, while they glossed over a few things, I was lucky enough to have a very patient sister who had read the books and would answer any and all questions I had about what I could potentially be missing, which was almost always  answered in the movies, I’m just one of those people who wants to know how it all plays out and still loves watching it happen even though I already know what’s coming.

In hindsight, Harry Potter was the perfect bildungsroman for our generation, and I believe it holds a lot of power in how people of my generation look at the world. When faced with the end of life as we know it, the idea of coming together and raising our voices and taking action to defeat darkness and evil is a pretty powerful message. I firmly believe it is one my generation is trying to spread in our current time of crisis, but maybe I just like to hope we will stand together when the shit comes down…

Like me, I don’t think you HAVE to read the books to get the driving ideas behind the story. Whichever platform you prefer will still give you those warm, heartbreaking, triumphant, devastating, fearful, and hopeful feelings that make this series one of the most beloved series of all time.

And for that, I would like to say Thank you. Thank you, J.K. and Warner Brother’s Studios for making our world more magical than ever before.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes: “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

(reading light or the light of a screen, your choice.)

Harry Potter Adaptations-Pt 1 & Pt 2

It is adaptation week, and this week we will be discussing the first and second Harry Potter movies. We discuss everything from “Snapemania” to our love for Kenneth Branagh as Lockhart. Wanna hear all about the Biggerstaff? This episode is for you! Listen to our thoughts on the first two parts to the series, and come join the conversation.

Part 1

 

Part 2

 

 

Intro-Limes:

https://soundcloud.com/limes-3

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5o4dgimn1R07w1d2ZzpzpP

 

Outro-Joe Bae:

https://soundcloud.com/joe-bae-4

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7BpL4nhNnrTDvC5Qb0p2h6

Ep 2.2-Harry Potter Background

Wanna know more about J.K. Rowling? Come listen to us discuss the main lady herself. We also discuss some of her alchemy inspirations for the Sorcerer’s Stone, the Mirror of Erised, all in episode one! In episode 2 we learn about basilisks and phoenixes. Listen, and come join the conversation.

Ep 1

 

Ep 2

 

 

Intro-Limes:

https://soundcloud.com/limes-3

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5o4dgimn1R07w1d2ZzpzpP

 

Outro-Joe Bae:

https://soundcloud.com/joe-bae-4

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7BpL4nhNnrTDvC5Qb0p2h6Podc

 

Unicorn Blood and Candy

We don’t have many recipes this week since we bought the HP Universe candy. We chose to try out the series favorites in honor of Harry’s introduction to candy with Ron on the train to Hogwarts. To novel readers, I think the Unicorn Blood reference is obvious enough it needs no explanation. Each kind of candy we tried this month were delicious, and also surprising in their own way.

  • Peppermint Imps-Hard candy, not gummys!
  • Exploding Bon Bons- contain pop rocks
    • Recommended by He-Man
  • Chocolate Frogs-Crunchy
  • Bertie Bots-just all around like Russian Roulette
  • Candy Slugs- you might fight a bitch for the pear…
    • Anya would buy them all the time if they sold them in grocery stores
    • Actual quote by He-Man: “I mean… the slugs were pretty dank”

IMG_1516

Unicorn Blood:

I’ll be honest… This was kind of a trial and error, so I don’t know the exact measurements. The recipe that follows is a good base. Add more or less of the ingredients to taste, according to your preferences.

  • Two cups of white rum
  • One bottle of Procecco
  • Two cans of ginger ale
  • A tablespoon of honey
  • Simple syrup to taste
    • Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water, boiled
  • Finish with baking pearl dust
    • Use a spoon to swirl to get best glittery effect
  • Note: a few drops of lemon juice might add to this recipe the jolt it needs

IMG_1539

Happy Birthday Dark Chocolate Cake with Pino Noir Buttercream Frosting:

IMG_1530

Link to cake recipe: https://sortedfood.com/recipe/epicchoccake

The cake recipe was great! Rather than the chocolate frosting, however, we made ours pino noir flavored. Make the buttercream frosting like normal, and do not add the cocoa powder. Instead, add your wine to taste.

Harry Potter 1 & 2

We recorded two books together thinking we would have less to say because they are the shorter novels. We ended up breaking them up anyway because (shocker) we had a lot to say about a novel that was so influential in our lives!

On June 26th, 1997, another female author published a novel that would change our lives. A scribbled napkin turned into a worldwide best seller, after no less than TWELVE publishers turned her down. July will be our first Harry Potter month! Come join the conversation, and help us celebrate J.K. Rowling.

HP Part 1

 

HP Part 2

 

 

Intro-Limes:

https://soundcloud.com/limes-3

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5o4dgimn1R07w1d2ZzpzpP

 

Outro-Joe Bae:

https://soundcloud.com/joe-bae-4

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7BpL4nhNnrTDvC5Qb0p2h6

Episode 0

We’re off this week, but we decided to release a mini-episode of our very first recording. Listen to three nervous newbies explain who we are, what we do, and how all of this happened! This is your introduction to Victoria Grey, Hale Healy, and Anya Spector.

 

Intro-Limes:

https://soundcloud.com/limes-3

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5o4dgimn1R07w1d2ZzpzpP

 

Outro-Joe Bae:

https://soundcloud.com/joe-bae-4

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7BpL4nhNnrTDvC5Qb0p2h6

P&P Episode 1.3-Adaptations

Now that you know our feelings on the book, some background on the Regency Period, and Jane Austen herself, lets talk about movies! Was the BBC 1995 version starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth your favorite? What about the condensed 2005 version starring Keira Knightley and Matthew McFadyen? More importantly, who was your favorite Darcy?? Listen and help us choose by joining the discussion on all major social media platforms!

 

Intro-Limes:

https://soundcloud.com/limes-3

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5o4dgimn1R07w1d2ZzpzpP

 

Outro-Joe Bae:

https://soundcloud.com/joe-bae-4

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7BpL4nhNnrTDvC5Qb0p2h6

Mr. Darcy vs. Mr. Darcy… vs. Mr. Darcy?

Welcome to the ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN!

overly-manly-man
DARCY VS DARCY VS DARCY!

In the blue corner, we have the undeniable favorite, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC Mini-series, Pride & Prejudice.

In the yellow corner, the underdog, Daniel Vincent Gordh as Mr. Darcy in the 2012 web series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
AND IN THE RED CORNER, MY PERSONAL FAVORITE AND ULTIMATE DOUCHEY DREAM, MATTHEW MACFADYEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (in the 2005 movie, Pride & Prejudice)

Clearly, I have a favorite. Now, I know there are people out there who don’t agree with me, I mean Colin Firth is labeled above as the undeniable favorite for a reason, but hear me out. I love Colin Firth. How could you not? I love both of his Mr. Darcy characters (Don’t forget Bridget Jones’ Diary), but if we are talking about adaptations of the book, and we are, then I have to give it to Matthew Macfadyen.

Matthew Macfadyen is the best Darcy. I won’t say much because I feel like our episode gets at why I chose him, but  I will say… I just don’t think Colin Firth’s performance was the Darcy in the book. I mean, he’s closed off, but he’s so awkward in his lovable Colin Firth way, and I just don’t see that as Mr. Darcy. It felt a lot like Colin Firth was playing Mr. Darcy whereas Matthew Macfadyen’s portrayal was Mr. Darcy.

I’m sorry, but if you disagree that’s cool! We want to hear from you! I want to know who you think deserves the Darcy throne. We talk about the three adaptations mentioned above, which sorry Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Your Darcy was great for the adaptation and adorable because he was cute, but I mean… Matthew Macfadyen…

eyes
Anyway, like I was saying, we talk a small number of other adaptations, but there are SO MANY, and we would love to hear your favorites, and maybe we could make another episode in the future if y’all want and revisit this epic debate.

Come visit us on Social Media or email us or comment below!