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In Pop Fiction Women we deep-dive into the complicated women of books, movies and TV shows, along with the women that bring them to life behind the scenes. Think Fleabag and Phoebe Waller Bridge, Normal People and Sally Rooney, and so much more. In each episode you can expect us to: * Break down the protagonist as we ask what makes her complicated? * Identify the best scenes, which can mean sweetest, funniest, or most badass. Anything we love. * Recount the cringiest scenes. The ones that ma ...
 
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We come out hot, talking about what made us cover this Netflix phenomenon, what this show did to us, how it divided us, and the one thing we can both agree on: Rege-Jean Page stole the show as Simon, The Duke of Hastings! ** Complicated Woman - Daphne Bridgerton. While we see Daphne’s inner conflict in the first few episodes, the limited circumstan…
 
We start by sharing how we discovered and fell in love with this romcom that follows Lucy, a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder, saving souvenirs from every relationship she’s ever been in! It’s a new variation on one of our favorites...When Harry Met Sally. We just couldn’t resis…
 
As a companion to our 2020 “rewind” year in review episode, here we look ahead and get creative, sharing the best of our crystal ball segments for 2020. In these clips, we take the characters at the end of their story and imagine where they will be in the future. The writers in us really shine! ** Always Be My Maybe. Our crystal ball has Marcus and…
 
This is NOT a clip show!! It’s our first ever year in review episode where where we “rewind” and look back on 2020, examining the ways the podcast has grown, and the ways we have too. After identifying the recurring themes that have emerged in the books, TV shows and movies, we dive into each, sharing a few of our favorite clips from the pod or per…
 
After discussing how we came to choose this groundbreaking holiday rom com -- the first major entry in the genre to feature a same-sex couple -- we discuss how relatable the story was for us. ** Complicated woman: Harper. This is Harper’s story, she is the one driving this movie. She doesn’t always make choices we agree with or even like, but is sh…
 
We welcome NYT bestselling author Julie Buxbaum to discuss her new YA novel, ADMISSION, which is a ripped from the headlines fictional take on the college admissions scandal that touches on themes of guilt, entitlement, privilege and what it means to be complicit. ** The college admission scandal rocked the nation and Julie’s imagination. Find out …
 
We chat with New York Times bestselling author, Jean Kwok about her latest novel, her childhood and her journey to published author. ** Jean finds success in school, science and even ballroom dancing, so we want to know: when did she consider herself a writer? The answer includes a touching gift from her brother that had us choked up. (02:30) ** Je…
 
We are breaking our own rules again to respond to an episode of the Rewatchables podcast from the woman's point of view. Like our episode on Boomerang, we love these classics as much as the Rewatchables does, but we examine them under the female gaze and have so much fun doing it! *** Complicated Women: Not all “rich chicks” are created equal. Cora…
 
**Can secrets make a person complicated? We discuss Mallory and Ursula in light of our complicated women criteria. (08:10). **What's Your Damage, Heather? In this book it all revolves around ideas of love and marriage. Does Mallory love Jake? Does Jake love Ursula? We have controversial opinions. (30:15) **What She Said. We discuss Elin Hilderbrand…
 
My first returning guest! Don't worry though if you haven't heard the first one I've followed Stan Lee's advice and recorded this so even new listeners can jump on-board. It's been such an interesting year with a seemingly endless number of things to preoccupy the mind, but for me the rise of pseudoscience and conspiracy theories is a trend worth w…
 
How in the world did this happen? We’re breaking the Pop Fiction Women rules by covering non-fiction written by a man, but Matthew McConaughey flips the script in his memoir, Greenlights. ** The actor could have told behind-the-scenes stories from movie sets or dished about his famous exes, but instead he chose to share narratives that are typicall…
 
The Queen's Gambit Recap: Episodes 5-7, Chess Lessons as Life Lessons ** After gushing about the cinematography, the music and the fashion, we delve into Episode 5 and the return of Harry Beltick. Harry is more than your average nice guy. He helps Beth through a hard time, but also stands up for himself and leaves. Spending time with Beth allows Ha…
 
NO FUTURE EPISODE SPOILERS. We recap as we watch. The Queen's Gambit Episode 2-4 Recap, Her Mother's Arc Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @popfictionwomen and on Twitter @pop_women. To do a full deep dive, check out our website at www.popfictionwomen.com. Stay Complicated! We’ve launched a platform at patreon.com/popfictionwomen to keep making t…
 
NO FUTURE EPISODE SPOILERS. We recap as we watch. The Queen's Gambit Episode One Recap, Pilots are Hard Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @popfictionwomen and on Twitter @pop_women. To do a full deep dive, check out our website at www.popfictionwomen.com. Stay Complicated! We’ve launched a platform at patreon.com/popfictionwomen to keep making th…
 
We welcome Susie Yang to discuss her debut novel, White Ivy. After some gushing about our love of this book, the story of a Chinese American girl who is trying to get her version of the American dream at whatever cost, we discuss the benefits and pitfalls of being “other.” ** Ivy Lin meets all the qualifications of a complicated woman. Listen to ho…
 
NO SPOILERS in our conversation with Reese Witherspoon Book Club author Christie Tate discussing her refreshingly original debut memoir, Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life. We begin by talking about how Christie, having just been named the top student in her law school class, found herself in a deep depression with sui…
 
Mild spoilers in this generous, enlightening, complicated conversation with bestselling author Chloe Benjamin! We begin by talking about expectations and surprising inspiration during a global pandemic and how Chloe tries to let go of the “shoulds” and lead with compassion. ** The Immortalists is a wonderfully ambitious novel about four siblings wh…
 
We welcome Emily Gray Tedrowe to Pop Fiction Women to discuss her new novel The Talented Miss Farwell. We begin with the do-not-miss fascinating real life story that inspired Emily's novel. *** We love a good double life slash con-artist story and Emily has turned the whole genre on its head with Becky -- or Reba -- Farwell. (04:14) *** Becky's cho…
 
We've re-edited one of our very first episodes to revisit Ani Fanelli and Jessica Knoll, one of our all-time favorite authors. *** What makes Ani Fanelli complicated? Carinn thinks Ani is a “little too good” (honestly, none of this drives her to murder?), where Kate thinks her outer smile and her inner rage is exactly what makes her complicated and…
 
SPOILERS for the Nancy Meyers remake and Father of the Bride 3 (ish) *** While this may be a departure from our recent choices, Carinn and Kate share what they love about this classic, simple, sweet movie. (01:36) *** Who do we relate to? Kate has an unlikely choice and Carinn has a unique angle on Annie Banks. (09:50) *** Best Scenes. After descri…
 
The series comes to an end successfully conveying what Isabel Coixet wanted: “love is a very complex feeling, it’s about losing yourself in the other person and that is a never-ending journey.” We loved going on this journey with her! *** Our couple is officially a couple and they are on their first road trip. Things get dicey when he asks her if s…
 
Complicated Female Friendship, Murder and Mommy Issues *** What took us so long to cover Season Two of one of our favorite shows? Turns out, the timing was perfect for us! (01:36) *** Complicated Woman Rating. Jen Harding and Judy Hale, two of our most complicated female leads, show us even more dimensions this season. We didn’t think it was possib…
 
It's Normal People in Spanish. *** In Episode Five, “The Last Supper” our two leads KNOW they are in love and that is a whole “thing” that sits and swells between them. Falling in love is scary, just like the beginning of this episode. (01:36) *** Before we get to our couple at the restaurant, our guy is messing up his neatly organized closet and K…
 
NO SPOILERS in this conversation with debut author and friend of the pod Rebecca Baum discussing her novel Lifelike Creatures *** Lifelike Creatures, set in rural Louisiana, is anchored around 13-year-old Tara and her mother Joan, who is an addict. One day there is an industrial disaster on their property and Joan becomes the accidental hero of the…
 
*** In Episode Three our two leads meet for ramen and dumplings, and after we gush over how much we love both of those things, we discuss the easy, flirty, spontaneous banter between them about movies like Secretary. Kate thinks things are getting spicy, but Carinn thinks this is really an example of the two of them having different expectations. (…
 
NO SPOILERS in this conversation with debut author Alisson Wood discussing her memoir Being Lolita. *** Alisson tells us about Being Lolita, her stunning coming-of-age memoir, and how it is very much a story about power. The book traces her relationship as a 17-year-old girl who is groomed and preyed upon by a high school english teacher in her sch…
 
We are OBSESSED with this show. Please listen even if you haven't watched -- spoiler, they go on a second date. *** We are so IN love with Foodie Love. Whether you like subtitles or not it won’t matter, this series is so visually stunning and the beauty of the language, the food porn, and the chemistry between the two leads will draw you in. It mak…
 
NO SPOILERS in this conversation with powerhouse author Alyssa Cole. *** Alyssa has one of the most prolific and diverse author bios we have seen so we start by talking about when Alyssa knew she wanted to be a writer, and when she ultimately started to take it seriously. (02:26) ***Alyssa tells us about When No One Is Watching, a thriller about a …
 
MAJOR SPOILERS as Kate and Carinn discuss I May Destroy You Episodes 11 & 12, the brain child of Libra creator, Michaela Coel. We've launched a platform at patreon.com/popfictionwomen to keep making the podcast you love -- and to make it even better. For a one time contribution to support this episode, use venmo @ carinn-jade. Follow us on Instagra…
 
NO SPOILERS in this conversation with #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train. Join us with Christina Baker Kline discussing her newest novel, The Exiles. *** Christina shares why it is so important for her, through her writing, to illuminate little-known aspects of history from the perspective of ordinary people, including women and c…
 
NO SPOILERS in this conversation with debut YA author Jennifer De Leon *** We learn about Jennifer’s decision to write Lilliana's story as a YA novel, which turns out to be a fortuitous turn of events helped along by her years as a teacher. (02:50) *** Jennifer tells us about her complicated young female protagonist and her many contradictions and …
 
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @popfictionwomen and on Twitter @pop_women. To do a full deep dive, check out our website at www.popfictionwomen.com. Stay Complicated! We've launched a platform at patreon.com/popfictionwomen to keep making the podcast you love -- and to make it even better. For a one time contribution to support this episode, u…
 
*** Complicated Woman Rating - Eleanor Oliphant: Eleanor certainly qualifies as complicated -- she is surprising and unpredictable, blunt, ignorant of social norms, deeply repressed, but ready for change. In the end, we love her growth and the fact that Eleanor is the agent of her own life, not a self-pitying victim. Carinn somehow manages to draw …
 
NO SPOILERS in this conversation with debut novelist and lawyer, Erica Katz!! *** This episode proves just how complicated and fun things can get when three women who worked in BigLaw start a conversation! *** Erica tells us about The Boys Club, a book that draws parallels to Sweetbitter, The Firm, The Devil Wears Prada, and Luckiest Girl Alive. Sh…
 
We've launched a platform at patreon.com/popfictionwomen to keep making the podcast you love -- and to make it even better. For a one time contribution to support this episode, use venmo @ carinn-jade. Thank you and enjoy the show!! *** Just when we thought this show was focused on the aftermath of Arabella’s sexual assault, we get Episode 6: an ex…
 
NO SPOILERS in this conversation with bestselling and award-winning author Tia Williams!! *** Tia tells us about The Perfect Find, a story of Jenna, a 40-year-old fashion editor who was the “it girl” with a sparkly life, but then loses it all overnight. Jenna has to find a way to reinvent herself and in doing so finds herself in a whole new world, …
 
We've launched a platform at patreon.com/popfictionwomen to keep making the podcast you love -- and to make it even better. For a one time contribution to support this episode, use venmo @ carinn-jade. Thank you and enjoy the show!! *** Episode 4 shows Arabella dealing with the uncomfortable and difficult aftermath of her assault, seeing a psycholo…
 
NO SPOILERS in this conversation with author Robin Wasserman! *** Robin talks Mother Daughter Widow Wife, a novel about a woman who wakes up on a bus with no memory and is diagnosed as being in a psychogenic fugue, which is a kind of amnesia. The protagonist is trying to build a new life from scratch with the help of various women circling around h…
 
NO SPOILERS in this conversation with #1 NY Times Bestselling author Susan Wiggs!! *** Susan has published almost 60 novels, and we loved hearing her describe the backstory behind her newest, The Lost And Found Bookshop, which she shared was “a title in search of a book and also a fantasy in search of a story.” (00:47) *** Her novel is a heart-warm…
 
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