Jess and Kendyl discuss The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman, the introduction of other words and characters, and the religious symbolism.Continue reading
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Episode #306: Rebecca of Manderley Estate
Jenn, Dorin, and Kendyl discuss the choices made in Rebecca (2020) compared to the book by Daphne du Maurier, which they agreed with and which they could have done without.Continue reading
Episode #305: Our Mrs. de Winter
In their discussion of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the hosts talk about the unintentional unreliability of the narrator, despair over why our romantic leads can’t just talk to each other, and break down the problems with fully vilifying Rebecca.
Episode #304: The Turn of Certain Old Corners
With so many story lines in The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), the hosts struggle to touch on everything they loved in the series. Not that they are without complaint, but this follow up to The Haunting of Hill House (2018) definitely hit the mark on everyone’s feels.
Episode #303: The Witches Who Lunch
The Adaptation hosts watched The Witches (2020) and could truly go on-and-on about all the visual elements, from the updated way the witches look to every piece of clothing. But there’s more to talk about with our hero, the grandmother, and the addition of a new mouse friend.
Episode #300: Being Human on a Boat
Jess, Jenn, and Kendyl discuss clearing away preconceived notions, the division of labor when doing crime, and the intensity of love in the context of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile.
Episode #298: So Much Nightmare Fuel
Not shying away from taking this children’s book too seriously, the Adaptation hosts discuss The Witches by Roald Dahl: the politics, the reproductive process, and the entrepreneurial possibilities of a traveling mouse circus that fronts as a witch hunting operation.
Episode #295: In Need of BSC Merch
In this episode, the hosts do their best to cover the extensive series The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin, reminisce about childhood reading, and find that choosing your favorite baby-sitter is a lot like therapy.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Episode #276: The Golden Alethiometer
In this episode, we get into the complexities of the first book in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, Northern Lights aka The Golden Compass.
Episode #273: Listen to Alaska
Jenn, Jess, and Kendyl dive into the third John Green novel that we’ve covered on Adaptation, Looking for Alaska. The group talks through the friendships, the pranks, and seeing others fully.
Episode #271: Chained to The Goldfinch
Dorin and Kendyl read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, a 770 page book, and now they are tired. But they have just enough energy left to work through all the feelings that the book gave them in this episode.