Better Than The Movie

...because the book normally is!

Better Than The Movie is a podcast for people who love reading diversely, books, book news, and issues related to literacy and popular culture. Our goal is to review and discuss book themes with passion and an open mind. We want to encourage our readers to look beyond the best sellers lists and  discover new voices and stories. 

We are The Readers, the people who the publishing world should be catering to, but oftentimes  don't . We are smart. We are funny. We are sometimes a little snarky. And we always, ALWAYS, think that the book is better than the movie

 

EPISODE FIFTY-TWO: Happily Nappily

We are honored to have author Trisha R. Thomas on the show this week to talk about her latest novel Postcards From Venus which will be released on August 16, 2016. Tahmeka speaks with Trisha about her writing process, the Nappily Ever After book series and her thoughts and views on the state of the literary world in general. Show begins with the usual News You Can Use segment and we also have a brief chat about "hypebeasting" in the literary world.. Articles discussed in news section below: 

Oprah’s Book Club Pick

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2016/08/04/behind-oprahs-book-club-pick-of-the-underground-railroad/

Slave Narrative

https://twitter.com/NewRepublic/status/760800087173918720

Jonathan Franzen and His Negro Friend

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/interrogation/2016/07/a_conversation_with_novelist_jonathan_franzen.html

Read Books, Live Longer

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/read-books-live-longer/?_r=0

EPISODE FIFTY-ONE: We Don't Know

EPISODE FIFTY: The Kang's Speech

Wow! This is Episode Fifty! I don't even think we realized it as we recorded. This week's show begins on a bit of a somber note as we reflect on the senseless violence witnessed within recent days. Episode's main topic is the memory Every Little Step by Robert Barisford Brown aka The Kang of R&B. 

News stories discussed during episode below:

The Great Second-Half 2016 Book Preview: http://www.themillions.com/2016/07/most-anticipated-the-great-second-half-2016-book-preview.html

Marvel’s New Iron Man Is a Black Woman: http://time.com/4394478/iron-man-riri-williams-tony-stark/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter

Chimamanda’s Had a Baby: http://jezebel.com/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-quietly-gave-birth-refused-to-1783171806

Audible Channels (wtf is it?): https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/07/audible-channels-audio-shows-subscription/


Brave New World of White Man Doing What Octavia Butler Did Decades Ago: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/books/ben-winters-underground-airlines.html?_r=1

EPISODE FORTY-EIGHT: ALL of the News

We're back, you guys! Did you miss us? This week we're talking about alllllllll of the news stories we've missed while on hiatus. Ok not all of them, but a lot of em. All articles discussed below:

15 Books By Black Authors To Dive Into This Summer

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2016/06/15-new-books-by-black-authors-to-dive-into-this-summer/

Bobby Brown Every Little Step I Take

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2016/06/10/bobby-brown-laments-his-mistakes-whitney-bobbi-kristina-memoir/85707484/

LitHub Launches Book Marks

http://electricliterature.com/lit-hub-launches-book-marks-a-rotten-tomatoes-for-books/

Does Literary Criticism Have A Grade Inflation Problem?

https://newrepublic.com/article/134060/literary-criticism-grade-inflation-problem

Akosua Adoma Owusu Options Film Rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s “On Monday Of Last Week”

http://shadowandact.com/2016/06/09/akosua-adoma-owusu-and-obibini-pictures-options-film-adaptation-rights-for-chimamanda-ngozi-adichies-story-on-monday-of-last-week/

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/akosuadoma/on-monday-of-last-week-the-movie

Trisha R. Thomas (FOH episode) Has A New Book Coming

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGPvQL3uotQ/

Beyonce Is Not Shining A Light On African Literature- It’s The Other Way Around

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/jun/08/beyonce-lemonade-african-literature-warsan-shire?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks

EPISODE FORTY-SEVEN: Her Teeth as Confetti

You thought we wasn't when we was? Shooooot. Just because we are a literary podcast, don't think we aren't discussing Lemonade like everyone else, ha! We discuss the work on a granular level as well as delve into the idea that Black art is often seen as autobiographical, instead of works of imagination.

Articles discussed in news section:

Why publishers are betting big on debut novelists: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/05/02/debut-novel-millions

Oprah Winfrey to star in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” film adaptation: http://buzz.blog.ajc.com/2016/05/02/oprah-winfrey-to-star-in-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks-film-adaptation/ 

A Reading List For Beyonce: http://bookriot.com/2016/05/02/a-reading-list-for-beyonces-lemonade/ 

What to read after watching Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’: http://fusion.net/story/295105/beyonce-lemonade-required-reading/?utm_campaign=FusionPop&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social 

 

EPISODE FORTY-SIX: Purple Ham

This week's show is all about our trip to NY to see a couple of Broadway plays based on two literary works-- Hamilton by Ron Chernow and The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Tahmeka also walks us through the #Hamiltome. But first, the news:

Are Most Romance Novels Badly Written?: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/apr/18/romance-novels-badly-written-curtis-sittenfeld-eligible-pride-and-prejudice?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks

Rachel Dolezal’s Got a Book Deal:  http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/13/rachel-dolezal-signs-publishing-deal-book-race-black-white

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced: http://www.pulitzer.org/article/2016-pulitzer-prizes

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hamilton-wins-2016-pulitzer-prize-884618?utm_source=twitter

EPISODE FORTY-FIVE: DNF

This week we're discussing books that we just couldn't finish. Articles discussed in news section below:

Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists: http://www.nypl.org/ylfa

VIDA count: http://www.vidaweb.org/the-2015-vida-count/

Movie Adaptation of An Untamed State: http://deadline.com/2016/03/gugu-mbatha-raw-to-star-gina-prince-bythewood-to-helm-an-untamed-state-1201724469/

James Patterson’s Money Grab: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/business/media/james-patterson-has-a-big-plan-for-small-books.html?smid=tw-nytbooks&smtyp=cur&_r=0

10 Books Every Young Black Woman Should Read to Slay (LOL): http://www.lifehack.org/381194/10-books-every-young-black-women-needs-read-order-slay

EPISODE FORTY-FOUR: Listener Recommendations Vol. 2 ft. @leonicka

Show's a bit different this week. Tahmeka's traveling for work, so I'm (Jeanette) manning it solo. I'm speaking with Léonicka Valcius about Canadian literature, working for Scholastic Book Fair and also the Festival of Literary Diversity that we talked about briefly in the last show. Léonicka also provides a reading list of excellent Canadian books/authors to check out. Show rounds out with a solo "What Are You Reading?" because I'm newly obsessed with Rachel Howzell Hall and needed to fangirl.

EPISODE FORTY ONE: The Seinfeld Episode Parte Tres

EPISODE FORTY: Do You Know What Today is?

It's our one year anniversary...well almost!  We're coming in a fewwwww days early, but it's all good. : ) This week we're discussing the sanitization of slavery children's books, Jeanette has a wee bit of a rant about some literary related things that have been annoying her and we end with talking about some of our favorite episodes of this podcast and our hopes for its future. Links to articles discussed below:

 

EPISODE THIRTY-NINE: Til the Well Runs Dry

New year, same us! We're back discussing Lauren Francis Sharma's novel, Til the Well Runs Dry, but first some lit news. Links discussed below...

Barnes and Noble applied for liquor license: http://the-digital-reader.com/2015/12/25/bn-applies-for-a-liquor-licence/

Minx Malone interview (not so much for the romance aspect of it, but the othering bit she speaks about in the 4th question/answer): http://indiereader.com/2016/01/36575/

Damn, You're Not Reading Any Books by White Men This Year? That's So Freakin Brave and Cool from Jezebel: m/damn-youre-not-reading-any-books-by-white-men-this-yea-1751094468

EPISODE THIRTY-EIGHT: Year End Wrap Up

I think the title says it all. :) We begin the show with Lit News business as usual and continue on to talk about our favorite reads of the year.

Articles discussed in Lit News: 

New Marlon James Novel is African Game Of Thrones: http://www.vulture.com/2015/12/marlon-jamess-new-book-will-be-an-african-got.html#

15 Powerful Works of Fiction Pubbed by Black Authors in 2015: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2015/12/_15_powerful_works_of_fiction_published_by_black_authors_in_2015.html

World’s First MA in Black literature offered: http://www.theleopard.co.uk/worlds-first-ma-in-black-literature-is-launched-by-goldsmiths/

U.S. School stops teaching Huck Finn Because the N word: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/dec/14/school-stops-teaching-huckleberry-finn-community-costs-n-word  

More Books, Fewer Guns BookRiot piece:  http://bookriot.com/2015/12/14/more-books-fewer-guns/

 

EPISODE THIRTY-SEVEN: All You Gotta Do Is Say Yes

This week's show is all about saying yes. We're discussing Shonda Rhimes' The Year of Yes.

Links to articles discussed in this week's Lit News here:

Misty Copeland to Write a Health and Fitness Book: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/18/misty-copeland-to-write-book-on-health-and-fitness/?_r=0

Maya Angelou Documentary Kickstarter: http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/maya-angelou-documentary-featured-on-kickstarter/113069

Flatiron to Pub Oprah’s Memoir, host her new imprint http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/68844-flatiron-to-pub-oprah-s-memoir-host-her-new-imprint.html

Marlon James "Black authors pander to white women": http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/nov/30/marlon-james-writers-of-colour-pander-white-woman-man-booker-event-brief-history-seven-killings?CMP=twt_gu 

White Men Are the Minority on This Year’s BIggest Year End Book Lists: http://flavorwire.com/549755/white-men-are-the-minority-on-this-years-biggest-book-lists    

Goodreads Best of 2015: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/the-best-books-of-2015-according-to-goodreads?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Books%20126&utm_content=Books%20126+CID_795f4e44e4917ae538fa4b9895341376&utm_source=BuzzFeed%20Newsletters&utm_term=and%20picked%20the%20best%20of%20the%20best#4ldqpis

 

EPISODE THIRTY-SIX: No Wire Hangers

After an unplanned hiatus, we're back and talkin' smack! Ok...not really, I just couldn't resist the rhyme. The main theme of this week's show is novels featuring mother/daughter relationships. Before we dig in, however, we discuss a variety of literary related items as well as give some updates regarding the future of Better Than the Movie.

Articles Discussed:

American Writers Museum to Open in Chicago in 2017: http://bit.ly/1MjfPcS

NaNoWriMo article: http://huff.to/1HRuux7

Amazon Article: http://huff.to/1PxgxXI

Clarissa Article: http://huff.to/1SULFiz 

List of Books From Episode: 

God Help The Child  - Toni Morrison

White Oleander - Janet Fitch

Breath, Eyes, Memory - Edwidge Danticat

Claire of the Sea Light - Edwidge Danticat

The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan

Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison

The Darkest Child - Delores Phillips

The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd

The Almost Moon - Alice Sebold

Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts

Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells

Carrie - Stephen King

Where’d You Go Bernadette - Maria Semple

72 Hour Hold - Bebe Moore Campbell

Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

Girl In Translation - Jean Kwok

Third Girl From the Left - Martha Southgate

The Center of Everything - Laura Moriarty

Mama - Terry McMillan

EPISODE THIRTY FIVE: What's Really Good?

This week we're talking what makes a book good to us. Feel free to talk back via email (betterthanthemovie@gmail.com) or Google voice (210-816-2886) to let us know what draws you in!

Articles discussed in news section: 

Marlon James Wins the Man Booker Prize!

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34527496

Marlon James recommends 5 Jamaican Novels

http://lithub.com/marlon-james-five-jamaican-novels-you-should-read/

Kirkus Award winners

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/yanagihara-coates-and-muoz-ryan-win-kirkus-prizes/?ribbon-ad-idx=7&rref=books&module=Ribbon&version=origin&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Books&pgtype=article

Angela Flournoy nom or 2015 National Book Award

http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2015.html#.ViVXvFUViko

PW Annual Salary Survey

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/68405-publishing-industry-salary-survey-2015-a-younger-workforce-still-predominantly-white.html