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Articles / February 14, 2020

The transcript for Podcast 392. Earth is Garbage, Space is Horny: Sarah & Amanda Look at Space Romance has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

Announcing the 2019 Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction Winners
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Articles / February 14, 2020

Over the summer, The Ripped Bodice announced it was launching an award contest for excellence in romance fiction. There wasn’t a formal submission process and the award relied on a well-informed panel of judges to select the winning books. Winners will received a $1000 cash prize, as well as a $100 donation to a charity of their choice. Now let’s celebrate the winners of the inaugural contest, nicknamed the RIBBIES: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole American Love Story by Adriana Herrera Trashed by Mia Hopkins Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan We have reviewed a majority of the titles and the links above will either take you to our review or the book’s listing in the database. Congratulations to all the winners and the hardworking judging staff!

Movie Review: Birds of Prey (2020)
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Articles / February 14, 2020

Birds of Prey by Christina Hodson DC Entertainment Squee Not a Book Before we get into Birds of Prey, my experience, and what this means for moviegoers like myself, I’ll just give you the TL;DR portion of the review now. Go see it. The movie is fun, cathartic, has some amazing cinematography, and a kickass soundtrack. But there was a sadness that accompanied this movie, which occurred when I emerged from the theaters and made the dumbest decision of my life, which was logging onto Twitter. The movie has been out a few days and it’s already being panned as a box office flop. Will women ever be able to write and produce just as many goofy, enjoyably fun action movies (What up, Charlie’s Angels reboot) as men? Now, I’ll momentarily get off my soapbox. No promises on whether I’ll hop back on it by the end of this review! Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is really about Harley’s breakup from the Joker and the formation of the Birds of Prey. Like anyone who has gone through a bad breakup, Harley begins drinking away her problems, gets a new pet, cuts her hair, and…

392. Earth is Garbage, Space is Horny: Sarah & Amanda Look at Space Romance
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Happy Valentine’s Day! Amanda and I are chatting about everything from bookstores and trade romance to her Reylo fanfic. Our conversation is inspired by a question from Jasmine, who is part of our Patreon. She wanted to ask us about sci-fi and space romances, and ask for recommendations. Amanda’s much more fluent in space romance than I am, but we absolutely have recs, suggestions, theories about required elements, and potential reasons why space is SO appealing right now.   Music: https://www.purple-planet.com Listen to the podcast → Read the transcript → Here are the books we discuss in this podcast: You can find Amanda at SBTB, and on Twitter @_ImAnAdult. The bookstore she works at? That would be Belmont Books. You can find all of her fics at AO3. And we also mentioned a recent Rec League on Survival Romances. If you like the podcast, you can subscribe to our feed, or find us at iTunes. You can also find us on Stitcher, and Spotify, too. We also have a cool page for the podcast on iTunes. Thanks to our sponsors: Podcast → More ways to sponsor: Sponsor us through Patreon! (What is Patreon?) What did you think of today’s episode? Got…