Hot and Bothered

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Subscribers: 328
Reviews: 4


 Aug 10, 2021
Very thought provoking series on my favorite book. I've been so starved for good Jane Eyre analysis!

anna
 Jun 23, 2020
these twilight episodes are the best thing about quarantine. Charlisle forever


 Apr 10, 2020

Chelsea
 Sep 17, 2019
It proclaims to be about writing romance novels, but they barely touch on that at all. Instead it is romantic advice mostly. And they take questions from Reddit that weren't even sent to them directly, which feels exploitative. Disappointed

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Hot and Bothered is all about the power of romance novels. In Season 4, Live from Pemberley, we’re taking a close look at the most famous Romance novel of all time: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Every episode, Vanessa Zoltan and Lauren Sandler will read through the book, talk with experts, and ask themselves the question 'is this still a story for our time?' Episodes release bi-weekly on Fridays.

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Live from Pemberley: Most Gentlemanlike Appearance (Chapters 15 + 16)
51:08

A new love interest has hit the scene in Chapters 15 and 16 of Pride and Prejudice. The handsome Mr. Wickham has caught Lizzy’s eye, and he has quite the story to tell about Darcy. Vanessa and Lauren discuss their first impressions of Wickham and what it means to trust a stranger. 


Dr. Mary Jean Corbett joins us at the end of the episode to discuss the British marriage law and customs that surround Collins’ plan to marry his cousin. Our next episode is on July 15th, when we’ll attend the Netherfield Ball. (But look out for a little bonus episode on July 8th!) 



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Jul 01, 2022
Juneteenth Spotlight: The Final 5 Campaign
20:20

We're cross-posting this special episode of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, which we've released today. This year in commemoration of Juneteenth, Not Sorry is spotlighting The Final 5 Campaign, a coalition working to close the final five youth prisons in Illinois. Vanessa is joined in conversation by one of their leaders, Alicia Brown, who tells us about what it means to be a prison abolitionist and her work with the campaign. 


Please join us by making a donation, learning more about the failures of youth prisons, contacting your legislators about prisons in your state, and listening to their new podcast, Free The Youth.



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Jun 19, 2022
Live from Pemberley: Little Elegant Compliments (Chapter 13 + 14)
48:00

Mr. Collins, the Bennets’ horrible cousin, has arrived at Longbourn in Chapters 13 and 14 of Pride and Prejudice. Vanessa and Lauren dig into Collins as a religious figure and the impact of his sermonizing on the Bennet daughters.


Dr. Sandra Macpherson joins us at the end of the episode to discuss the entail and British land law. Our next episode is on July 1st and we'll meet another exciting character - Mr. Wickham!



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Jun 17, 2022
Live from Pemberley: An Object of Admiration (Chapters 9 - 12)
50:29

With Jane sick upstairs, Elizabeth is stuck navigating the drawing room at Netherfield in chapters 9 through 12 of Pride and Prejudice. Vanessa and Lauren discuss the influence of The Enlightenment on Austen, continue their discussion about Caroline Bingley, and evaluate the budding chemistry between Elizabeth and Darcy.


Nell Stevens joins us at the end of the episode to discuss the ‘mean girl’ trope. You can pre-order her upcoming book here. Our next episode is on June 17th and we'll meet the wonderfully silly Mr. Collins!



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Jun 03, 2022
Live from Pemberley: A Very Mean Art (Chapters 7 + 8)
55:24

Poor Jane Bennet has caught a cold in the rain in Chapters 7 + 8 of Pride and Prejudice. Vanessa and Lauren discuss Darcy’s moral compass, the value of reading, and the prototypical ‘mean girl' – Caroline Bingley. 


Thanks to Dr. Tim Fulford for speaking to us this week about the military context of Austen’s England. Our next episode is on May 27th and we'll hunker down in the Netherfield parlor in Chapters 9 through 12.



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May 20, 2022
Live from Pemberley: A Pair of Fine Eyes (Chapter 5 + 6)
52:08

The Lucases take center stage in Chapters 5+6 of Pride and Prejudice. Vanessa and Lauren discuss the friendship between Charlotte and Lizzy and the way that historical and cultural ideas around masculinity might affect how we read Darcy. 


Thanks to Dr. Kate Fullagar for speaking to us this week about notions of savagery in 18th century England. Our next episode is on May 20th and we'll travel to Netherfield in Chapters 7 and 8.




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May 06, 2022
Live from Pemberley: His Manners Gave Disgust (Chapter 3 + 4)
47:10

It’s time for the Assembly Ball and Bingley and Darcy are on the scene in Chapters 3 and 4 of Pride and Prejudice. Vanessa and Lauren discuss Darcy’s famously bad first impression on Lizzy as well as the socio-political dynamics of a ball in the 19th century and today.


Our next episode is out on May 6th and we'll spend some time with Charlotte Lucas in chapters 5+6!


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Apr 22, 2022
Live from Pemberley: A Truth Universally Acknowledged (Chapters 1 + 2)
52:30

Vanessa and Lauren dive into Pride and Prejudice, starting with a close look at Chapters 1 and 2. They discuss the famous first line of the book, the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, and the brief glimpse of Lizzie we get in this chapter.  


Our next episode is on April 22nd and we'll get our first glimpse of Mr. Darcy in chapters 3+4.



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Apr 08, 2022
Live from Pemberley: An Introduction
14:29

Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous and beloved novels of all time. It’s also, in many ways, the foundational text of the Romance genre.


In our quest to unravel the gifts, mysteries, and inner workings of romance literature, it seemed only right that we turn to Lizzy and Darcy next.


But before we jump into the first chapters, a few questions need to be answered. Questions like: Who is Jane Austen, and why does everyone care so much about this book? 



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Mar 25, 2022
Girl Tales: Lizzy's Pride & Prejudice
17:31

We're proud to have collaborated with the folks over at Girl Tales to write this kid-oriented version of Pride and Prejudice for their podcast.


Written by women, non-binary, and trans male playwrights, Girl Tales offers a feminist twist on classic fairytales, fables, and myths. The girls in their stories take control of their own destinies, turning your favorite fairytales into exciting new adventures.


Be sure to check out their show, and stay tuned next week for our first episode of Live from Pemberley!



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Mar 18, 2022
Live from Pemberley: Trailer
2:42
Welcome to our new season, where we're coming to you Live from Pemberley! Starting March 25th, Vanessa and Lauren will dive into Pride and Prejudice, investigating its power and legacy in the Romance genre and our hearts. This is your hand-lettered formal invitation to join us! Pack your corsets and pack your bait (because I hear if you're nice enough, Darcy might even invite you to fish on his property).

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Mar 11, 2022
On Eyre: The Brontës
35:45

Throughout our season of On Eyre, we've given you some small glimpses into the life of Charlotte Brontë. You probably know that she came from a literary family, that she attended a school very like Lowood, and that she died young. But before we put Jane Eyre back on the shelf, we wanted to spend some more time with dear Charlotte and her life in Haworth.


This episode we're joined by the incredible Brontë biographer, Dr. Juliet Barker. Juliet shares with us more about how the Brontë children grew up, their joys and tragedies, and what the success of Jane Eyre meant to Charlotte.



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Mar 04, 2022
On Eyre: Re Jane
27:50
After visiting the land of Jane Eyre films, we’re returning to modern book adaptations with Re Jane by Patricia Park. We’re lucky enough to be joined by Patricia Park herself to discuss her feelings about "Reader I married him", how she re-imagined Bertha, and how her own experiences visiting Korea informed the book.

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Feb 18, 2022
On Eyre: The 2011 Jane Eyre Film
2:08:30

When the wonderful women of the Heaving Bosoms podcast invited Vanessa on their show, we couldn't resist roping them in to our Jane Eyre adaptation project! This week, in a crossover episode, Vanessa, Erin, and Melody watch the 2011 film adaptation of Jane Eyre.


P.S. There's a lot of talk about Vanessa's book, Praying with Jane Eyre, in this episode. If you have yet to purchase your copy, just a reminder that we are selling signed and personalized versions on our website!



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Feb 04, 2022
On Eyre: Wide Sargasso Sea
35:09

When Jean Rhys published Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966, she took on a question we’ve been asking a lot throughout this podcast: what about Bertha?


This episode, we are lucky enough to be joined by Dr. Erica L. Johnson, co-editor of Wide Sargasso Sea at 50 and Jean Rhys: Twenty-First Century Perspectives to discuss the book. From Dr. Johnson, we learn about Rhy’s life, how to categorize and think about her work, and what it shows us about Jane Eyre.



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Jan 21, 2022
On Eyre: The Flight of Gemma Hardy
31:24

Even though we've technically finished up our reading of Jane Eyre, we feel like the season isn't quite complete without a look at the many adaptations of the text. Over the next few months, we'll be looking a few examples and asking the question 'what do these teach us about the original text?'


The first episode of this short series is all about The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey, and we were lucky enough to get Margot Livesey herself to speak with us about the book. Vanessa and Margot discuss 'why do people keep coming back to this text?' and 'what are the hardest things in this text to modernize?'



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We hope to launch or season on Pride and Prejudice on March 25th, but we need your help to do it! We're hoping to raise $4k by February 14th and we're almost at our goal. If you want Hot and Bothered to continue, please consider supporting us on Patreon!



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Jan 07, 2022
Holiday Bonus: An Interview with Jasmine Guillory
21:00

We’ve been sitting on this lovely interview with Jasmine Guillory for a while, and we thought we’d share it with you as a special holiday treat! We discuss the personal and political as they relate to romance novels, and her latest book While We Were Dating


We hope you’re taking care of yourself this season! To quote Jasmine in this episode “thinking of yourself as a person worthy of care is one of the hardest things.”


We'll be back in the new year with some episodes exploring adaptations of Jane Eyre, and we hope to launch or season on Pride and Prejudice on March 25th. If you'd like to help that season come to life, please consider supporting us on Patreon!



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Dec 25, 2021
On Eyre: Final Thoughts
47:55

After months for reading the book together, Vanessa and Lauren return to their original question for this podcast: Is this a book we want to be passing on? We discuss the importance of critical reading and what we think this weird book is all about. 


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Dec 10, 2021
On Eyre: Vanessa’s Jane Eyre Sermon
7:37

Unfortunately we've run into some technical difficulties with the final episode of On Eyre! (Is this fate telling us that the season should never end?) While you wait, we have for you a short sermon Vanessa wrote about Jane Eyre.


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Dec 03, 2021
On Eyre: Reader I Married Him (Chapter 38)
49:54

Vanessa and Lauren have finally finished the whole dang book! This week we read the very last chapter and discuss the hegemony of marriage, Bronte's descriptions of 'true love', and why St. John gets the last word of the novel.


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Nov 26, 2021
On Eyre: She Kindled The Bed (Chapters 36 + 37)
45:10

Vanessa and Lauren reach Ferndean in chapters 36 and 37 of Jane Eyre. This week we discuss Bronte's depiction of disability, Bertha's powerful exit from the novel, and how gossip spreads in the wake of tragedy.


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Nov 19, 2021
One Eyre: He Wanted to Train Me (Chapters 34 + 35)
49:55

Vanessa and Lauren say 'no' to St. John, in Chapters 34 and 35 of Jane Eyre. This week, St. John proposes to Jane. We look at his behavior before and after the proposal, discuss his missionary zeal, and debate whether the supernatural elements of this book serve or hinder its message.


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Nov 12, 2021
On Eyre: I Feel Now That I Was Right (Chapters 31 - 33)
58:34

Vanessa and Lauren enter Jane’s school room in Morton, in Chapters 31 through 33 of Jane Eyre. They continue to debate whether Jane should have left Rochester, and discuss St. John’s missionary aspirations and Rosamund’s beauty.


As you’ll hear in this week’s episode, we’re starting to think about the end of Jane Eyre! We’d very much like to read Pride and Prejudice next. If you’re excited about a trip to Pemberley, please help us out by supporting us on Patreon.



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Nov 05, 2021
On Eyre: Blameless in His Life and Habits (Chapters 28 - 30)
45:36
This week, we find that Jane has run away from Thornfield and is wandering the moors of England without a shilling to her name. Vanessa and Lauren discuss homelessness past and present and its tropes in literature. We also meet four brand new characters: The three Rivers siblings and their housekeeper Hannah. 

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Oct 29, 2021
On Eyre: When Body and Soul Rise in Mutiny (Chapter 27 - Part 2)
50:21
This week we're returning to Chapter 27 of Jane Eyre, this time zooming in on Jane and Rochester. Vanessa and Lauren discuss Jane's fears about becoming a mistress and compare it with the limitations of a Victorian marriage.

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Oct 22, 2021
On Eyre: Take The Maniac With You to England (Chapter 27 - Part 1)
54:48

With so much to cover in Chapter 27, we’ve decided to break it up into two episode. This week, Vanessa and Lauren focus in on Bertha and grapple with the racist and imperialist themes of Jane Eyre. 


Many thanks this week to Dr. Rab Houston for consulting with us about the history of asylums in Victorian England. Check out his project Promoting Mental Health Through the Lessons of History.



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Oct 15, 2021
On Eyre: Grave and Quiet at the Mouth of Hell (Chapters 25 + 26)
58:03
Vanessa Lauren finally journey up to the third floor of Thornfield Hall in Chapters 25 and 26 of Jane Eyre. They dissect the character of Bertha Rochester and try to parse out Charlotte Bronte’s voice from Jane Eyre’s as the narrator. 

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Oct 08, 2021
On Eyre: I Am No Bird (Chapters 23 + 24)
48:48
Vanessa and Lauren meet under the chestnut tree at Thornfield in Chapters 23 and 24 of Jane Eyre. They discuss Rochester's proposal (!) and continue to examine the many power differentials in this budding relationship.

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Oct 01, 2021
On Eyre: I Felt Pain, and Then I Felt Ire (Chapters 21 + 22)
49:15
Vanessa and Lauren return to Gateshead in Chapters 21 and 22 of Jane Eyre. Mrs. Reed is dying, and Jane has come to sit by her bedside. But it's not a 'typical' death bed exchange – there's no great moment of redemption for Mrs. Reed, she dies a villain. Vanessa and Lauren explore what this dynamic reveals about Jane's growth over the course of the novel, and what it means about Jane's sense of home.

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Sep 24, 2021
On Eyre: I Can Live Alone (Chapters 19 + 20)
58:22
Vanessa and Lauren and start to get closer to the secrets at Thornfield Hall in Chapters 19 and 20 of Jane Eyre. After we learned about a mysterious gypsy in our last episode, we finally have a chance to meet her and hear what she has to say about our dear Jane. Vanessa and Lauren discuss the trope of the 'gypsy' in Victorian literature, the ways in which it's harmful to Romani people, and how it's being used in this text.

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Sep 17, 2021
On Eyre: It Does Good To No Woman (Chapters 16 - 18)
52:02
Vanessa and Lauren and settling in with the new party at Thornfield in Chapters 16 through 18 of Jane Eyre. After last week’s big bed burning scene, Mr. Rochester up and leaves Thornfield. But when we returns, he’s got a whole new cast of characters in tow. Our biggest introduction is to Miss Blanche Ingram, and Vanessa and Lauren debate whether she’s redeemable. 

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Sep 10, 2021
On Eyre: Paving Hell With Energy (Chapters 14 + 15)
53:41
Vanessa and Lauren set the bed on fire in chapters 14 and 15 of Jane Eyre. They take a close look at the character of Celine Varens and continue their debate on whether Rochester is a sexy hero or a manipulative boss (or both).

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Sep 03, 2021
On Eyre: But What Do You Think? (Chapter 13)
44:16

Vanessa and Lauren get cozy with Jane and Rochester in chapter 13 of Jane Eyre. The two lovebirds have their first real conversation in this chapter and it is steamy... well at least to them it is. Vanessa and Lauren aren't as sure that Rochester's brand of flirtation is the healthiest for our dear heroine.


Special thanks this week to Dr. Rachel Teukolsky, who was interviewed twice for this episode. Check out her latest book Picture World: Image, Aesthetics, and Victorian New Media.



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Aug 27, 2021
On Eyre: Millions are in Silent Revolt (Chapters 11 + 12)
44:10
Vanessa and Lauren have arrived at Thornfield Hall in chapters 11 and 12 of Jane Eyre. And who do they find on the road outside of Thornfield? Why Mr. Rochester himself, the 'hero' of our romance! This week they analyze Jane's restlessness in her new home, The Gothic as it appears in these chapters, and why women are attracted to brooding bad boys like Rochester.

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Aug 20, 2021
Praying with Jane Eyre: On Destiny
24:00

If for some reason you haven't heard (have you been living under a rock?), Vanessa wrote a book all about Jane Eyre! It's the inspiration for this podcast. After reading Chapter 10 last week, we realized there were some strong resonances between our conversation and the chapter of Vanessa's book on the theme of Destiny. We thought we'd take a week to share it with you and dig even deeper into chapter 10.


And if for some reason you haven't purchased Vanessa's book yet (have you been trapped in someone's attic?) you can do so here.



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Aug 13, 2021
On Eyre: The World is Pleasant (Chapters 9 + 10)
50:30

Vanessa and Lauren wrap-up their time at Lowood School in chapters 9 and 10 of Jane Eyre. They discuss Jane's peculiar perspective on dying in chapter nine ("what a drag to die" as Lauren puts it), the special tenor of Helen's death by tuberculous, and the power of female friendship.


Many thanks to Phoebe Judge for lending her voice to Helen this week. Phoebe read the entirety of Jane Eyre aloud on her podcast Phoebe Reads a Mystery last fall. We highly encourage you to go back and listen to her reading of the book as a companion to our show!



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Aug 06, 2021
On Eyre: I Came On Purpose To Find You (Chapter 5 - 8)
49:03
Vanessa and Lauren settle into the Lowood School in chapters 5 through 8 of Jane Eyre. They grapple with the role of Christianity in this book, paying special attention to how Charlotte Bronte's ideas are expressed through the character of Helen Burns.

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Jul 30, 2021
On Eyre: Keep in Good Health and Not Die (Chapter 4)
43:48
Vanessa and Lauren slow down again to look closely at just one chapter - chapter four of Jane Eyre. They discuss Mr. Brocklehurst and his Christianity, Jane’s powerful use of her own voice, and what Gateshead Hall represents in the context of the larger book.

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Jul 23, 2021
On Eyre: I Resisted All The Way (Chapters 2 + 3)
43:36
Vanessa and Lauren tackle chapters two and three of Jane Eyre, spending more time at Gateshead Hall. They discuss the famous 'red room' scene, explore Victorian sensibilities about sex and womanhood, and grapple with Jane's comparison to a 'rebel slave.'

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Jul 16, 2021
On Eyre: No Possibility of Taking a Walk (Chapter 1)
46:35
Vanessa and Lauren dive into Jane Eyre, starting with a close look at Chapter 1. They discuss the first sentence of the book, Jane’s abuse at Gateshead, and what it means to be a ‘precocious girl.’ 

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Jul 09, 2021
On Eyre: An Introduction
19:26

If you know anything about Vanessa Zoltan, you know that Jane Eyre is her favorite book. In fact, she just wrote her own book about it: Praying with Jane Eyre. But after spending so much time lovingly pouring over this text, it's time to take a step back. 


Each week of On Eyre, Vanessa and Lauren Sandler will take a critical look at the text and ask themselves ‘does this old book still have something to say in our world?’


But before we jump into the first chapter, a few questions need to be answered. Questions like: Who is Charlotte Bronte, and why should anyone (who isn't Vanessa) care about this book? 


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Jul 02, 2021
What We Love About Women's Liberation with Lauren Sandler
26:12
Next week, we're launching our new series On Eyre. But before we jump into 19th century England, we wanted to spend some time introducing you to our new co-host Lauren Sandler. Lauren's recent book This is All I Got: A New Mother's Search for Home is recently out in paperback. We talked to her about the process of writing her book and the similarities she see's between Jane Eyre and the continued vulnerability of women on the margins .

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Jun 25, 2021
What We Love about Being Stuck in a Cabin with Nichole Perkins
1:09:09
This week we're excited to share a conversation with Nichole Perkins about Romance Thrillers, the pleasure of competency, and her podcast This is Good For You. Stick around after our conversation to hear an episode of This is Good For You all about baking bread. And if you like the show, be sure to subscribe wherever you find your podcasts!

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Jun 04, 2021
What We Love About Hopeful Endings with Emma Straub
23:34

We're between seasons of Hot and Bothered, so to keep you company we're bringing you interviews with our favorite writers and thinkers. This week, we're bringing you the wonderful writer and bookstore owner Emma Straub. Together we talk about how women's books are marketed, her love of writing hopeful endings, and why it's important to surround yourself with young people.


Her book, All Adults Here, is recently out in paperback. Go check it out!



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May 28, 2021
What We Love About Audiobooks with Justine Eyre
23:26

We're following our interview with Julie Anne Long last week with someone else who Vanessa is obsessed with: Justine Eyre, the woman who reads Julie Anne Long's books.


Justine Eyre is a classically trained, multilingual actress who has narrated well over 400 audiobooks and received an Audie Award and multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. We talked to her about her process of preparing to record a book, the joys of romance, and whether listening to an audiobook counts as 'reading.'



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May 21, 2021
What We Love About Regency with Julie Anne Long
22:43
We're between seasons of Hot and Bothered, but that doesn't mean we've stopped reading Romance novels. On the contrary, recently Vanessa has been binge reading The Pennyroyal Green Series by Julie Anne Long. And because Romance novelist are the nicest kind of people, we were lucky enough to get Julie on the phone. We asked her all of our questions about her books, how she got started writing, and regency romance. Enjoy this mini-episode!

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May 14, 2021
Breaking Dawn in Quarantine
45:02

Vanessa and Julia have read all of Breaking Dawn and have some thoughts on imprinting, vampire sex, and best practices for vampire childbirth.


This is the final episode of Twilight in Quarantine ya'll! Thank you so much for being on this journey with us for the past year. We'll be back in June with On Eyre!


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Mar 24, 2021
Announcing Hot and Bothered Season Three: On Eyre
6:39

Fact 1: Vanessa Zoltan has been the host of this romance novel themed podcast for almost two years now.

Fact 2: Vanessa Zoltan is a Jane Eyre evangelist. She’s literally written the book on Jane Eyre.

Fact 3: Vanessa has somehow never talked about Jane Eyre on this podcast???


Finally, we’ve come to our senses and one of life’s biggest contradictions is getting sorted. Coming June 1st 2021, our newest season--- Hot and Bothered: On Eyre. Vanessa will be joined by the brilliant journalist Lauren Sandler, and together with experts they’ll read through Charlotte Bronte’s seminal work and explore the questions and themes that emerge. If you want to read along, we’ll be starting with Chapters 1-4. Grab your SPF and your library card. This summer, we’re On Eyre.



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Mar 22, 2021
Eclipse in Quarantine: Epilogue
25:23

Vanessa and Julia have officially finished Eclipse! Jacob wants to be a wolf full-time and we love that for him. Go Jacob, run like the wind and never come back. Seriously. Please don't come back.


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Mar 17, 2021
Eclipse in Quarantine: Needs
24:58

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 27 of Eclipse and need a whole closet of custom designed free clothing from Alice stat.


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Mar 10, 2021
Eclipse in Quarantine: Interview with Emily Nagoski
26:42

CW: In this episode we discuss sexual assault and read an explicit scene of assault and emotional abuse from Eclipse.


Still reeling from the Jacob/Bella plot line, Vanessa turns to sex educator and author Emily Nagoski for some help in making sense of Eclipse. They discuss the history of women's sexualization, how Jacob's storyline plays upon real and toxic gender norms, and what to do with Romance novels that uphold the patriarchy.


If you haven't already, be sure to check out Emily's amazing books! She's the author Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, and two romance novels of her very own: How Not to Fall and How Not to Let Go.



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Mar 03, 2021
Introducing: The Real Question
44:50

We at Not Sorry are making a new show! It's called The Real Question and the first episode is out today. We've already checked-in with Alice, and she has assured us that you're going to love the show. So go subscribe now!


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The Real Question is a weekly podcast exploring life’s questions through a surprising mix of pop culture and academic insight. Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile learned in divinity school about the art of paying attention. By paying attention to very specific things in our lives, we can begin to see something true about big, universal questions. In this podcast, they turn that attention to a variety of everyday scenarios in their own lives to see what’s really at stake. Questions about the tooth fairy can really be about the fear we have for our children. Questions about driving can really be about what it means to be a good partner. Each week, Vanessa and Casper walk each other through the process of figuring out what their ‘real’ questions are in conversations with texts ranging from movie musicals to theological treatises. In this intimate, thoughtful podcast we explore how friendship can be a tool for living a more intentional life.



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Mar 01, 2021
Eclipse in Quarantine: Ethics
24:31

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 26 of Eclipse and are still shaking off the horror of this whole Bella/Jacob situation.


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Feb 24, 2021
Eclipse in Quarantine: Mirror
21:49

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 25 of Eclipse and they have a few special valentines to share with the class.


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Feb 17, 2021
Eclipse in Quarantine: Snap Decision
23:11

CW: discussion of suicidal ideation, graphic violence, and abuse


We really only planned to skip one chapter in this book, but then Chapter 23 went and happened. Chapter 23 is a minefield of sexual and emotional abuse and we thought: 'You know what would be more fun than recording an episode on this nonsense? Not recording an episode on this nonsense.' So we moved on to Chapter 24. And don't worry, Chapter 24 still has plenty of problematic things to discuss! Topics include dismembering vampires and whether or not Bella actually stabs herself during the battle scene.


We also announce some extra Breaking News in this episode: We've decided not to read Breaking Dawn chapter by chapter. Honestly we can't keep subjecting ourselves to these books. Instead, we're going to do one episode covering all of Breaking Dawn, and then launch a new romance novel related mini-series in June. (More on that to come!) Until then, we'll be watching Eclipse and both Breaking Dawn movies with our patrons on Patreon and discussing all our feels in some bonus episodes. It's a bittersweet announcement, we know, but we hope you'll stay with us as we move onto new and exciting romance projects!



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Feb 10, 2021
Eclipse in Quarantine: Fire and Ice
27:20

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 22 of Eclipse and they have a lot of ideas about how to stay warm without inviting Jacob into your sleeping bag.


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Feb 03, 2021
Eclipse in Quarantine: Trails
28:16

CW: Because of the content of this chapter we spend a lot of time talking about sexual assault and emotional abuse.


Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 21 of Eclipse and they don't know how anyone could be #TeamJacob.


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Jan 27, 2021
Eclipse in Quarantine: Compromise
24:11

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 20 of Eclipse and do their best Richard Dawson impersonation in our Twilight version of Family Feud.


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Jan 20, 2021
Eclipse in Quarantine: Selfish
25:26

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter nineteen of Eclipse and are continuing to explore the rich thematic questions that thread through these books: whether Bella is a cat vs. dog person, if Charlie is capable of any kind of parenting, and why nobody has acknowledged that Jasper being a confederate solider is super problematic.


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Jan 13, 2021
Technical Difficulties + Blooper Reel
7:11

We were hoping to release a regular episode today, but unfortunately we ran into some technical difficulties! It was probably Werewolf Jacob using our wires as a chew toy again.


While you wait for next week's episode, please enjoy this blooper reel from our Chapter 18 episode!



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Jan 06, 2021
Holiday Bonus: A Self-Help Tape for Bella
3:55

We're taking one more week off before we're back to Eclipse. While you wait, here's a peak at what we've been up to over on Patreon!





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Dec 30, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Instruction
25:22

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter eighteen of Eclipse and they're ready to hit the runway and Make It Work.


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Dec 16, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Alliance
23:11

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter seventeen of Eclipse and they're dreaming up business ideas for Alice's party planning company. First step: a suite of business tools where the Cullens can keep track of their revenue, as well as their blood grudges against other vampires. Technology can really do it all these days.


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Dec 09, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Epoch
21:57

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter sixteen of Eclipse and they've been chosen as the Forks High graduation speakers.


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Dec 02, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Wager (Skipped!)
22:17

CW: We discuss sexual assault when summarizing the events of this chapter. You can fast forward about 5 minutes to skip.


Vanessa and Julia have read chapter thirteen of Eclipse, but they honestly can’t bear to talk about it. So Julia has used her one and only Uno Skip Card to save us from having to re-live Bella’s sexual assault. Instead, we turn our dial to see what’s happening at Forks High School. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s prom season! What hijinks do our favorite high schoolers get up to at prom? Eclipse doesn’t tell us. But fortunately Vanessa and Julia are here to fill in the details.

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Nov 25, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Declaration
26:37

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter fourteen of Eclipse and it turns out that Tom Hanks is a main character in these books.


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Nov 18, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Newborn
24:26

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter thirteen of Eclipse and Vanessa gives advice from her stint as a robber in the 1980s.


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Nov 11, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Time
22:51

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter twelve of Eclipse and they've finally figured out that Bella is a time traveller.


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Nov 04, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Legends
21:58

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter eleven of Eclipse and they're uncomfortable with the amount of hot dogs in this chapter.


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Oct 28, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Scent
33:48

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter ten of Eclipse and they are joined by special guest Hannah McGregor of the podcast Witch, Please. Hannah has a lot of the same questions we've had in the past: Why doesn't Bella have a cell phone? Why don't werewolves wear something more convenient to their lifestyle? And why aren't Charlie and Carlisle banging?


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Oct 21, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Target
23:52

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter nine of Eclipse and are revisiting these books scariest monsters: Capitalism and The Patriarchy. Don't look now, they're under your bed! They're right behind you!


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Oct 14, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Temper
20:09

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter eight of Eclipse and they're doing all they can to not be sucked into the logic of these books.


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Oct 07, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Unhappy Ending
23:02

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter seven of Eclipse and they will always and forever be #TeamRosalie.... but Team Rosalie and who?


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Sep 30, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Switzerland
33:38

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter six of Eclipse and are joined by reporter Rachelle Hampton to discuss Bella's latest kidnapping.


Don't miss it: Rachelle did some top-notch analysis earlier this month about Midnight Sun.


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Sep 23, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Imprint
22:57

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter five of Eclipse and they are obsessed with Sam Uley's love life. Can someone say drama?


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Sep 16, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Nature
25:58

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter four of Eclipse and it's an episode full of harsh truths and crushed dreams for the characters this week.


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Sep 09, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Motives
27:07

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter three of Eclipse and they're ready to pitch a CW adaptation of Twilight staring Chad Michael Murray.


Because we're switching our release schedule to once a week (on Wednesdays!) we're trying to make our episodes longer. To that end, we have a new rotating segment called Reality TV. In today's episode, we try out our 'Shark Tank' edition for the first time, in which Vanessa and Julia both propose a new product that could be useful to the people of Forks.


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Sep 02, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Evasion
23:48

Vanessa and Julia have read the second chapter of Eclipse and they've final solved the mystery of why so many socks go missing in the laundry: Edward is eating them.


Because we're switching our release schedule to once a week (on Wednesdays!) we're trying to make our episodes longer. To that end, we have a new rotating segment called Reality TV. In today's episode, we try out our 'Survivor' edition for the first time, in which Vanessa and Julia both vote a character off the Twilight Island.


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Aug 26, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Ultimatum
26:40

Vanessa and Julia have read the first chapter of Eclipse and are very interested to learn that Bella's favorite book is Wuthering Heights. They dive into the book-within-a-book relationship with some essential questions: Is Eclipse going to draw its themes from Wuthering Heights? Will Bella gets to become a ghost instead of a vampire? And, most importantly, why does Bella like the wrong Bronte book?


Because we're switching our release schedule to once a week (on Wednesdays!) we're trying to make our episodes longer. To that end, we have a new rotating segment called Reality TV. In today's episode, we try out our 'Bachelor' edition for the first time, in which Vanessa and Julia both come up with dates for the characters in Eclipse.


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Aug 19, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Treaty
27:46

Vanessa and Julia have read the Epilogue of New Moon and they're starting a petition to bring RBG to Forks, Washington.


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Aug 07, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Vote
19:07

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 24 and they're rooting for Bella to say yes to the dress.


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Aug 05, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: The Truth
19:32

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 23 and they think that some bunk beds and a Daniel Craig shaped pillow would solve a lot of Bella’s problems.


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Aug 02, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Flight
20:20

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 22 of New Moon and they want to celebrate Edward for his self-control in several categories. Blood-thirst for Bella? Completely under control. Public displays of affection? Generous, yet tasteful. We can honestly say for once: Good job Edward.


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Jul 29, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Verdict
21:11

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 21 of New Moon. Though they've been giving advice for a while now, in this chapter it feels like there are two pressing pieces of advice that can supersede all that came previously:

  • DON'T murder
  • DON'T start romantic relationships with literal children


These are surprisingly difficult concepts for many characters to grasp.


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Jul 24, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Volterra
19:40

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 20 and urge Bella to jump into EMERGENCY MODE because she's far from home, wading barefoot and frantic through some deep trouble in Italy.


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Jul 22, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Race
22:51

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 19 of New Moon and they're starting to wonder if they should have read Fifty Shade of Grey instead.


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Jul 20, 2020
New in Quarantine: The Funeral
22:58

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 18 of New Moon and they want to hear from you! Write in if you: 

  • Also didn’t realize that this book was an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet
  • Have an idea of a sound effect for our genuine enjoyment section
  • Have a private jet and want us to come to your wedding


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Jul 17, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Visitor
19:29

 Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 17 of Eclipse and have come to the conclusion that tough love is maybe the truest love of all. #TeamBalice anyone?


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Jul 15, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Paris
18:43

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 16 and are scheming to unionize the poor werewolves who are clearly working too hard.


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Jul 13, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Pressure
22:26

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 15 and, true to type, Vanessa has to explain to Julia some 90s culture while Julia has to explain to Vanessa some modern technology.


If you or someone you love is in crisis, please consider reaching out to the Crisis Text Line, National Suicide Prevention Hotline, or National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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Jul 10, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Family
19:04

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 14 and they are demanding a feminist uprising against the werewolf patriarchy. 


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Jul 08, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Killer
17:09

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 13 of New Moon and feel it's necessary to do a deep dive into the psychology of Bella's attractions.


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Jul 06, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Intruder
18:30

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 12 of New Moon, and are having flashbacks to book one. We know that Jacob is the middle of a transformative time - we just didn't realize he was transforming into Edward.


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Jul 03, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Cult
19:18

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 11 of New Moon, and between bad policing, white savior complexes, and gas-lighting, Charlie and Bella are hitting a home run on sucking this week.


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Jul 01, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: The Meadow
21:07

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 10 of New Moon, and they're starting to learn the ups and downs of parenting a teenager.


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Jun 29, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Third Wheel
21:31

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 9 of New Moon, and they're ready to give Jacob 'the talk' about his growing and changing body.


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Jun 26, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Adrenaline
20:09

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 8 of New Moon, and want Bella to hop on the #TeamJacob bandwagon and off the motorcycle (or at least wear a helmet).


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Jun 24, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Repetition
19:03

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 7 of New Moon, and they have some notes for Sam Uley on how to be a good cult leader. Pro tip: try to be less scary.


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Jun 22, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Friends
21:19

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 6 of New Moon, and need to introduce some high-level terms to Bella like 'internalized misogyny' and 'racism.'


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Jun 19, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Cheater
16:54

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 5 of New Moon, and give Bella some much needed financial advice about saving for college.

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Jun 17, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Waking Up
18:54

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 4 of New Moon, and have some thoughts on how to get Bella through this break-up.


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Jun 15, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: The End
19:48

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 3 of New Moon, and they are THRILLED that Edward and Bella have finally broken up. We've been waiting for this moment for so long ya'll and it's finally here.


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Jun 12, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Stitches
18:41

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 2 of New Moon, and are thoroughly in the weeds with some big questions: is there a god? Is there such thing as a consensual rocking chair experience in the bedroom? How can we empower Bella's bodily autonomy? So buckle up, Twihards, it's a bumpy ride.


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Jun 10, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Party
19:52

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 1 of New Moon and they have a lot of advice on proper birthday etiquette and how to best take advantage of your astrological moment. 



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Jun 08, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: The Twilight Movie
20:54

Vanessa and Julia have watched the Twilight movie and give a thorough review of all the most important parts: the weather, the fashion, and our favorite minor characters.


Please Note: We've decided to not talk about Charlie Swan in this episode. We've given Charlie a lot of love throughout this first season of Twilight in Quarantine, but in this political moment we're thinking a lot about how police narratives are centered and celebrated in popular media.


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Jun 05, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: The Whole Dang Thing
27:25

Vanessa and Julia have read ALL of the first book of the Twilight series! Before they move on to New Moon, they take a look back at the whole book and give their final impressions and advice.


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Jun 03, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: An Occasion
18:18

Vanessa and Julia have read the Epilogue, and they're organizing the After-Prom party for Bella and Edward.


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Jun 01, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: An Impasse
17:27

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 24, and they finally get to meet the elusive Renée. Unfortunately, she was not worth the wait.


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May 29, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: The Angel
22:08

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 23, and are joined by Maren of the Remember Twilight podcast. Together, they discover that there's a gap in the market for Vampire Therapy and that maybe there's hope for true love after all.


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May 27, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Hide and Seek
18:23

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 22 and feel greatly betrayed when it turns out that Bella is not actually from Phoenix.


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May 22, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Phone Call
18:57

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 21 and are amused by the quaint technologies of the early 2000s like 'drawing' and 'writing.' Bella's gonna have her mind blown by photoshop and snapchat.


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May 20, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Impatience
17:41

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 20 and they're feeling as trapped in Bella's hotel room as she is.


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May 18, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Goodbyes
17:35

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 19 and they are starting to understand why the Cullens treat Bella like a toddler.


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May 15, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: The Hunt
16:22

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 18 and they want you to JUST SAY NO to kidnapping.


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May 13, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: The Game
18:32

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 17 and have an important sports update: baseball is dumb.


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May 11, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Carlisle
17:49

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 16 and they think that you should always pack an umbrella. Or at least not laugh at those who do.


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May 08, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: The Cullens
15:26

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 15 and are blowing the whistle on creepy rocking chair dynamics. If you see something, say something.


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May 06, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Mind Over Matter
19:20

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 14 and they applaud Bella for living her best quarantine life.

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May 04, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Confessions
18:26

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 13 and they're already planning their Edward/Bella Halloween costumes.


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May 01, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Balancing
12:08

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 12 and they continue to find Edward's outfits better than his behavior.


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Apr 29, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Complications
16:46

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 11 and they finally find out why this book is called Twilight.


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Apr 27, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Interrogations
16:04

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 10 and they realize that everyone really wants to smell like vegetables. They also both come to a very important conclusion: using your dog to get a message to your boyfriend is a fool's errand.


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Apr 24, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Theory
26:59

This episode, Vanessa is joined by our friend Meredith Goldstein of the Love Letters podcast. Meredith is an actual advice columnist and an actual fan of Twilight, so it's a real treat to have her on. Vanessa and Meredith discuss chapter 9 and recommend some moral philosophy to Edward.


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Apr 22, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Port Angeles
17:16

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 8 and they are #TeamAngela. 


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Apr 20, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Nightmare
19:04

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 7 and beg Bella Swan to do literally anything else but wait by the phone for a boy to call. Bella--take a nap, eat a banana, pet your goldfish and call your mom!



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Apr 17, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Scary Stories
15:54

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 6 and they have different takes on the character of Lauren.


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Apr 15, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Blood Type
20:27

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 5 and they'd like to teach the residents of Forks some things about consent.


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Apr 13, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Invitations
19:55
Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 4 and they're ready to start casting for Twilight the Musical.

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Apr 10, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Phenomenon
16:57
Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 3 and, surprisingly, they're actually starting to like this book!

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Apr 08, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Open Book
18:39

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 2 and they have some questions about the weather patterns in Forks, Washington. 




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Apr 06, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: First Sight
19:02

Is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer the best book of all time? No it’s not. Is it the kind of cotton candy escapism joy we need during these uncertain times? Hell yes it is. 


You may remember BFFs Vanessa Zoltan & Julia Argy from their all-star advice giving in Season 1. In this mini-season they’re sheltering in place in different cities, but they’re getting on the phone three times a week to read and talk about Twilight. On Twilight in Quarantine, they’ll work their way through the Twilight saga one chapter at a time, giving brilliant well-informed advice to Stephenie Meyer and her characters along the way. 


In this episode, Vanessa and Julia read Chapter 1. They meet Bella and Edward for the first time and they are concerned about them. 



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Apr 03, 2020
Epilogue
24:58

This week Vanessa talks about how the Friends-to-Lovers trope reflects the love she has for her real life partner, and how writing her own romance novel has allowed her to discover the importance of trust in her relationships. 


Meanwhile, Ariana interviews Vanessa about the importance of happy endings, how romance novels have helped her through her own life, and why she and Ariana started this podcast anyway. 



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Dec 03, 2019
Let This Drive a Wedge Between You: Lauren Sandler
33:02

Vanessa and Julia deal with a Reddit question from a woman whose boyfriend has recently found religion. Should his attempts to convert her end their relationship?


To explore this question, Vanessa talks with journalist Lauren Sandler about her research on Christian Romance Novels and their writers. At the heart of their discussion lies the question: how religion can affect romance? They discuss how religion can bring some people closer, and can tear others apart.



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Nov 26, 2019
Extra-Virgin (Like Olive Oil)
42:48

This week, Vanessa’s friend, Liz, writes on the “Widowed Virgin” trope, telling the story of a Jewish widow who finds sexual awakening after her husband’s death. Vanessa reflects on her own Jewish upbringing, and confronts the familial urge to marry within the religion. 


Vanessa, whose partner is non-Jewish and German, examines what it means to love someone outside of the community she was raised in. She turns to her brother, who married a wonderful Jewish woman, to discuss how important it really is to marry within your own religion. Vanessa comes to terms with her own happy ending as Liz writes an HEA for the widowed virgin of her story. 


We also get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Bridgerton series, Julia Quinn. 


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Nov 19, 2019
Delete Your Social Media: JenReadsRomance
43:07

This week Vanessa and Julia discuss a boyfriend’s jealousy of his girlfriend’s dream man. Can someone’s fantasy life be threatening to their relationship? 


To get answers, Vanessa talks with popular Romance advocate and critic Jen Prokop, of @JenReadsRomance on Twitter, about romance novel covers and why they should (or shouldn’t) change. We also hear a clip from Vanessa’s interview with Nichole Perkins who talks about representation in romance covers, and how they could improve. 


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Nov 12, 2019
Treat Today Like No One is Watching
52:26

Jen wants to write a romance with her daughter as the main character. Vanessa just doesn’t understand why it has to be so...creepy.


This week on Hot & Bothered, Jen uses the trope “Fake Relationship to True Love” to explore what her daughter’s future relationship might look like as a powerful, self-actualized woman in the modern world. When it takes a creepy turn, Vanessa wonders what sort of message Jen is hoping her daughter will hear. With the help of The New York Times’ romance columnist Jamie Green, they explore the line between pretending and lying in the dating world, and how growing up under society’s gaze affects our quest for a happy ending.


We also get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Bridgerton series, Julia Quinn. 


Next week: More love advice and a conversation with Jen Prokop, @JenReadsRomance on Twitter and cohost of the Fated Mates podcast.


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Nov 05, 2019
Stay Safe: Steve Almond
33:05

This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy tackle one of the most intense Reddit questions yet: a girlfriend considering leaving her boyfriend -- a serial drunk driver. 


With the stakes high, Vanessa and Julia struggle with how to give the best advice. For advice on advice giving, Julia turns to advice columnist, podcaster, and writer, Steve Almond. Together, they discuss the patriarchal problem of male rage, and what lies between the lines of love advice questions. 


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Oct 29, 2019
A Really Solid 60% Guy
35:49

Elizabeth and Vanessa’s parents both got married fast, and fell in love after. 


This week on Hot & Bothered, Elizabeth writes about the trope “Marriage of Convenience.” She’s taking this opportunity re-write her parents failing marriage with a happy ending. But the more Elizabeth writes, the more Vanessa wonders if Elizabeth is carrying some of the worst parts of the trope into her own life. She and Vanessa explore: how parents can inform our own idea of love, what it means to settle versus what it means to compromise, and what exactly is a happy marriage? 


We also get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Bridgerton series, Julia Quinn. 


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Oct 22, 2019
Monogamy Isn’t Working: Katie and Pam Mingle
32:47

This week, Vanessa is joined by Katie Mingle from 99% Invisible. They explore this week’s Reddit question written by a woman in a 10 year relationship who’s experiencing feelings for another man. 


To find an answer, Vanessa and Katie call Katie’s mother, romance novelist Pam Mingle. Together, they revisit a question from earlier in this season: whether love at first sight exists. Pam, Katie and Vanessa consider the difference between romantic love and motherly love, the failures of monogamy, and whether Pam will write another romance novel.


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Oct 15, 2019
Mom, Don't Listen
38:52

Marissa Martinelli is writing a real sex scene. Vanessa is READY. 


This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Mistaken Identity.” As Marissa tries to write a good sex scene for her mistaken characters, she and Vanessa explore the vulnerability of explicit sexuality, and wrestle with the freedom and the oppression of coded sexual language.


Vanessa turns to writer, romance-novel reader, and co-host of Thirst Aid Kit Nichole Perkins to understand what we talk about when we talk about throbbing members. 


We also get our next (steamy!) writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Bridgerton series, Julia Quinn.



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Oct 08, 2019
It’s Eyeballs: Meredith Goldstein
30:38

This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy marvel over their favorite Reddit dating advice question yet: a girlfriend curious about her boyfriend’s LOCKED DRAWER containing a secret object he refuses to divulge. 


For insight into the most mysterious relational secrets, Vanessa turns to advice columnist, entertainment reporter, and paranormal romance novel reader Meredith Goldstein. Together, they explore the boundaries of privacy, paranormal intimacy, and what we keep in drawers. 


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Oct 01, 2019
In the Next Exam Room
44:54

Vanessa and Brigid share everything with each other - their thoughts, their feelings, even their endometriosis diagnosis.


This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Friends to Lovers.” In her writing, Brigid reckons with the way love changes in the transition from friendship to partnership. Together, Vanessa and Brigid wrestle with what they share with friends, what they share with their partners, and the intimacy born from shared pain. 


Along the way, Rev. Dr. Matthew Potts returns to shed light on how we ask for care from our partners, and we get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Bridgerton series, Julia Quinn.


Next week: More love advice and a conversation with advice columnist and entertainment reporter Meredith Goldstein. 



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Sep 24, 2019
Questionable Man: Amy Hollywood
34:44

This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy fight over the appropriate unsolicited advice to give a Redditor who just discovered his girlfriend lied to him about her virginity.


To make sense of their conflict, Vanessa turns to feminist and religious scholar Amy Hollywood. Together, they explore the religious history and origins of virginity, and the implications of how virginity is portrayed today. 


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Sep 17, 2019
A Helpful Scam
45:14

Vanessa and her sister-in-law Suzanne agree: love-at-first-sight is questionable at best. Even still, Suzanne wants to explore a love-at-first-sight romance novel while anticipating the birth of her first child. 


This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Love at First Sight.” Suzanne considers how a parent’s “supposed” to feel upon first sight of their newborn child, and how love grows and evolves over time. Vanessa considers the limitations of love-at-first-sight stories in a world full of bad men. 


Along the way, Vanessa’s friend Sasha weighs-in with her own high-risk, high-reward experience with love at first sight, and we get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Bridgerton series, Julia Quinn.


Next week: More love advice and a conversation with feminist and religious scholar Amy Hollywood. 



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Sep 10, 2019
The Conundrum
40:56

It’s no secret Olivia and Molly would love to have a baby. Vanessa thinks she might want a baby, but isn’t so sure. 


This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope of “Secret Baby.” Olivia and Molly have been patiently hoping and working to bring a baby into their life. In the meantime, they craft their own vicarious happy ending, baby and all. Vanessa considers her ambivalence about having a baby, and invites a chorus of loved ones to weigh the pros and cons of her bringing a child into the world.


Additionally, we get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Bridgerton series, Julia Quinn.


Next week: More love advice and a conversation with one of Vanessa’s favorite novelists, romance superstar Beverly Jenkins.



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Aug 27, 2019
Divorce Him: Emily Nagoski
27:38

That’s right! You work on your writing, we’ll work on other people’s love lives! 


This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy offer their support and unsolicited advice to an especially distraught Redditor wondering what to do with a husband who claims he’s no longer sexually attracted to her because of her past trauma.


In addition to the obvious answer (divorce him!), Vanessa turns to sex educator and NYT best-selling author Emily Nagoski to better understand the nuances around attraction, sexual connection, and how to live confidently and joyfully in our bodies.


Don’t forget to check out Emily’s new book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle https://www.amazon.com/Come-You-Are-Surprising-Transform/dp/1476762090 


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Aug 20, 2019
We All Hate Kokomo
46:51

Vanessa has been faithfully holding onto her old love letters. Her friend Sejal, however, has decided to burn her own memorabilia and never look back. Which one is right?


This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Reunited Lovers.” Sejal has made peace with her past and seeks a vicarious happy ending for two fictional former flames. Vanessa, on the other hand, is forced to confront the reality of a former toxic lover and what it means to doctor the evidence of her romantic history.


Along the way, Rev. Dr. Matthew Potts weighs-in on how much of forgiveness is forgetting, and we get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Bridgerton , Julia Quinn.


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Next week: More love advice and a conversation with mind-blowing sex educator and NYT best-selling author, Emily Nagoski. 



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Aug 13, 2019
No Such Thing as Too Many Romance Novels: Margaret H. Willison
28:45

Another week to work on your next writing assignment? You’re welcome! This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy offer more unsolicited advice to a romance-fraught Redditor caught between the love she has in her arms and the love she’s read about in books. 


Torn between fantasy and reality, Vanessa turns to librarian, pop culture expert, and America's Next Top Best Friend Margaret H. Willison to discuss the power of fantasy, and how imagining the love we *could* have helps us get the love we deserve. 


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Aug 06, 2019
Best Friend Lady Pirates
44:44

Ariana Nedelman wants to write a romance novel, no matter how much it hurts. Vanessa Zoltan loves her friend Ariana, and doesn’t want her to do things that hurt!


This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Enemies to Lovers.” Ariana confronts her own enemy, writing, in hopes she may grow to love it again. Vanessa reckons with letting a toxic enemy near her dearest friend.


Additionally, we get some guidance from Professor Stephanie Paulsell at Harvard Divinity School, and our next writing assignment from writer’s-block-busting, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Bridgerton series, Julia Quinn.


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Next week: More love advice and a conversation with your new best friend and cultural critic Margaret H. Willison.



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Jul 30, 2019
Dump Him: Alyssa Cole
28:31

Haven't finished the first writing assignment? No problem! We know writing takes time, so you'll have two weeks for each of Julia Quinn's assignments. In the meantime, Vanessa and her friend Julia Argy will buy you some time and turn to Reddit romance questions to offer their unsolicited (but solid) dating advice. This week’s advice? Dump Him.


As Vanessa and Julia consider how power and money work negatively in real dating relationships, Vanessa turns to award-winning romance novelist Alyssa Cole to explore why it is she likes the power imbalances in Cole’s love stories - as well as feminism, bailing on dates, and the restorative pleasure of masseuses on planes.  


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Jul 23, 2019
Justice for Dragons
47:08

Vanessa Zoltan thinks that happy endings are the best part of romance novels. Bryce Gilfillian is writing his first romance novel and refuses to write a happy ending.


This week on Hot and Bothered, we explore the trope of “Updated Fairytale.” Bryce sets out to write the gay fairytale he never had growing up. Meanwhile, Vanessa wrestles with her own princes, witches, and dragons.


Along the way we get a little help from Professor of Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, Maria Tatar, and receive our first writing assignment from our own fairy godmother, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Bridgerton series, Julia Quinn.


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Next week: Love advice and a conversation with award-winning romance novelist, Alyssa Cole.



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Jul 16, 2019
A Heartfelt Valentine
5:37

Here is an Anti-Valentine from Vanessa and Ariana.

All 20 episodes of Hot & Bothered will be launching weekly, on Tuesdays, starting July 16th. In the meantime, we wanted to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day. Really! Happy Valentine’s Day! Or at least, happy Emma’s birthday.

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Feb 14, 2019
Preview: I Have Two Theories
6:23

A closer look at Season One of Hot & Bothered, coming early 2019.

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Oct 31, 2018
Hot & Bothered Trailer
1:28

Romance novels are the publishing industry’s dirty little secret. They make up 34% of the U.S. fiction market, yet there's still so much stigma around reading them. Join Vanessa Zoltan in October 2018 as she investigates the joyful, feminist, sacred space of the Romance genre. Every episode, Vanessa challenges one of her friends to write their first romance novel. With the help of N.Y. Times Best Selling Novelist Julia Quinn of the Bridgerton series, we'll be falling in love again and again. 


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Feb 27, 2018