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Novel Tropes #3: Bad Therapy

This episode of Novel Tropes focuses on a trope we’re passionate about – passionately against, that is. From the mind reading therapist to therapist-client affairs, from the funny to the damaging, we discuss why these tropes are problematic. Warning: rants ahead! Mental health issues covered: discussions around therapy, therapy modalities, therapist-client affairs, stereotypes about therapistsContinue reading “Novel Tropes #3: Bad Therapy”

Novel Tropes #2: Violence and Mental Health Issues

Our second entry in Novel Tropes, our mini-series, focuses on the ‘people with mental health issues are violent’ trope. Elise puts on her researcher hat and discuss the stats about this relationship in real life. We also chat with Anna Ross, a PhD candidate whose research focuses on reducing stigma towards severe mental illness throughContinue reading “Novel Tropes #2: Violence and Mental Health Issues”

Novel Tropes #1: Commitment Issues (ft. Bridgerton Rants!)

Introducing our new mini-series: Novel Tropes is all about taking a closer look at tropes involving mental health issues in fiction. This episode, we discuss a trope often found in romance storylines: commitment issues. Can attachment theory shine light on the complexity of these issues? Also, we have some thoughts about a recent and veryContinue reading “Novel Tropes #1: Commitment Issues (ft. Bridgerton Rants!)”

Bonus: Interview with Wai Chim

For our February bonus episode, we welcome a very special guest! We chat to author Wai Chim about her book, The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling. Topics include: writing about mental health issues in Asian families, flawed but well-intentioned characters, introvert representation, and self-care. The first half of the episode is spoiler-free (we letContinue reading “Bonus: Interview with Wai Chim”

Bonus: Our Favourite Reads of 2020 and Season 1 Wrap

We’re pretty keen to say goodbye to 2020, but before that happens, we wanted to spend some quality time rambling about other books – not just those that are mental health-specific. In this special bonus episode, we discuss our Top 3 books of the year (plus some honourable mentions) and reflect on our experience puttingContinue reading “Bonus: Our Favourite Reads of 2020 and Season 1 Wrap”

S01E06 – Fight Club

It’s our Season 1 finale and, guess what? We break the first rule of Fight Club! Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk, follows a man who’s suffering from insomnia. He meets a strange man named Tyler Durden; the two bored men form an underground club and fight other men who are fed up with their ownContinue reading “S01E06 – Fight Club”

S01E05 – Small Spaces

What if the things you remember never happened? More importantly, what if no one believes your version of events? In this episode, we (or rather, Priscilla) step right out of our (her) reading comfort zone and discuss Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein, a unputdownable psychological thriller. Small Spaces follows Tash Carmody who has has beenContinue reading “S01E05 – Small Spaces”

S01E04 – The Kiss Quotient

Can you practice romance? Stella Lane thinks so. In this episode, we talk about The Kiss Quotient, a romance novel by Helen Hoang. It tells the story of Stella Lane, an econometrician with Asperger’s, who decides to hire Michael Phan, an escort, to teach her intimacy and romance. We discuss Autism Spectrum Disorder, the relationshipContinue reading “S01E04 – The Kiss Quotient”

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