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


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EPISODE SIX: Funny Girls

This week's episodes finds us discussing humorous books written by women writers from all walks of life, but mainly comediennes. We discuss books from Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Issa Rae, Helena Andrews, and a host of others. We also briefly speak about whom we would like to see a book of this ilk from in the future.

EPISODE FIVE: Tales of a Childhood Bookworm

In this week's episode, we discuss the launch of the Better Than the Movie book club. We pick our first selection, Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat. We also talk about our nostalgic favorites looks from childhood. From Ann M. Martin to Lois Lowry, we discuss some of our our faves that shaped our literary trajectory.

EPISODE FOUR: FOH [Fiction Outta the Hood]

In this week's episode we tackle the genre of urban fiction aka hood lit. From the origins of Iceberg Slim novels to its stronghold on the Amazon Top 100 African American fiction list, we discuss our gripes with it as well as its...unique traits. We also spend a bit of time reminiscing for authors of days of yore, specifically Trisha R. Thomas, Sheneska Jackson and Lolita Files and we finally get to the root of Jeanette's Zane issues.

Intro/Outro music courtesy of Chief waKil. Song: "Good Things"

EPISODE THREE: Diversity or Nah?

In this week's episode we begin with a tribute to a fallen friend, Borders Books & Music. We also unpack our feelings about the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement. We discuss everything from the genesis of the movement to our suggestions to those who need a nudge in the right direction when it comes to reading diversely.


Intro/Outro music courtesy of Chief waKil. Song: "Good Things"

EPISODE TWO: Conversing with Mrs. Jones

We have a special guest! Christina Jones is a writer of contemporary romance and romantic suspense who speaks with us regarding her writing career, diversity in publishing, romance stereotypes/tropes, and her Serendipitous Love book series.

If you're looking to read more contemporary romance from indie writers of color, check out some authors that Christina recommends: Love Belvin, Nia Forrester, Te Russ, Danielle Allen, Jacinta Howard, Candace Shaw, Perri Forrest, Chicki Brown, Delaney Diamond, Chelle Ramsey, Britni Danielle and Adrienne Thompson.


Intro/outro music courtesy of chief waKiL (Song title: "Love").

EPISODE 1.5: The Chimamanda Episode

We dug in the crates for this one! While we're working through our woes with iTunes integration, enjoy this bonus episode!  In this episode we dissect Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah. There is a difference of opinion amongst the hosts regarding this novel. Check it out and let us know how you feel about the novel (& our viewpoints) in the comments!