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A podcast dedicated to film adaptations and the original material they're based on.

Episode #292: Only Seeing the Bright Places

Jess and Kendyl discuss Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places, mental health, grief, recovery, and seeing the whole of a person.

Trigger warning: Just like the novel, this episode contains discussion of suicide, depression, mental illness, abuse, grief, and death. Please, keep yourself safe and skip this episode if these topics could be harmful to you. If you do proceed, please keep in mind that we are in no way mental health experts.

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Episode #291: Genius, Billionaire, Criminal, Philanthropist

Jess, Jenn, and Kendyl discuss the first two books in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, its calculating protagonist, middle grade humor, and their favorite play on words… ever?

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Episode #290: That Which We Call a Daisy

Dorin and Kendyl tackle David Copperfield by Charles Dickens—a marathon novel with a large cast of outlandish characters—with a focus on identity, David’s surprising faith in people, and an even more unexpected defense of Dora.

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Episode #289: The Magic That Connects Us

Is The Secret Garden the perfect book for quarantine? Dorin and Kendyl think it just might be, with it’s fresh-baked-bread-wholesomeness, themes of how nature connects us all, and early meditations on mental health.

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Commentary #21: Mulan (1998)

Adaptation gets down to business in this commentary on the 1998 Disney film Mulan!

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Episode #288: The Highbury Farce

The colors. The music. The farce. There was so much to love about the 2020 film adaptation of Emma and the team gets into it in this episode, but not without a few disagreements along the way.

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Commentary #20: Emma (1996)

Jess, Jenn, and Kendyl watch the 1996 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma in what might be the most talk-filled commentary we’ve ever done.

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REWIND #62: Engagingly Clueless Emma

Relisten to this 2013 episode where Jess and Kendyl cover Emma by Jane Austen and what it means to like and root for a main character.

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Episode #287: Two All the Boys

The team is back to praising Lana Condor’s acting while covering To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020), even though they have some fairly big issues with the movie’s structure. But who can say no to John Ambrose McLaren?

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Episode #286: The Fantabulous Hot Mess of One Harley Quinn

In this episode, Jenn and Kendyl have some differing reactions to Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020), from the pacing to the character interpretations.

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Episode #285: What Would Stormy Do?

Is there anything like the nostalgia we have for middle school? Can we ever really see ourselves clearly? Will some people be bonded to you forever? Corey, Jenn, and Kendyl dive deep into the world of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys universe with the second book in the series, P.S. I Still Love You.

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Episode #284: The Daemon of Honk

Jess, Dorin, and Kendyl watched the first series of His Dark Materials (2019- ) and talk through the timeline, daemon, and character adaptations in this episode.

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Episode #283: The Transformative Little Women

Jenn, Dorin, and Kendyl discuss the 2019 film adaptation Little Women, the important character beats, and how it compares to past adaptations.

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REWIND #113: Little Women by Lousia May Alcott

Relisten to the 2015 episode in which Jess and Kendyl discuss Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, remembering how they felt reading it in younger years and how their opinions have changed.

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Episode #282: But I Believe Elsa Can Save the World

It might not technically be an adaptation, but the hosts couldn’t resist talking about Frozen II (2019): the emotional new songs, cute new sidekicks, and Kristoff’s Best Boyfriend award.

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Episode #281: What Tin Foil?

In this episode, Adaptation discusses Let It Snow (2019) with hosts that have and hosts that have not read the John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle novel it’s based on.

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Episode #280: Seeing Alaska

In covering the Hulu series Looking for Alaska (2019), the Adaptation hosts consider the target audience, who sees Alaska as she is, and the changes the show made to the friendship dynamics from the John Green novel.

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Episode #279: Go Go Rabbit Courage

Covering Jojo Rabbit (2019) in this episode leads the team to discuss the absurdist tone, unlearning prejudice, and the great shifts in plot from the original novel.

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Episode #278: All Together Ooky

With all the love they have for the Addams family unit, we try very hard to find something to love in 2019’s animated reboot The Addams Family.

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Episode #277: Is She Real or Not Real?

Jenn, Dorin, and Kendyl try to get to the truth of Caging Skies by Christine Leunens while desperately trying to contain their anger at the main character.

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