Ep 20: Enhanced eBooks, and Dystopia

It’s the 20th episode! Who would have thought?

Marion leads off the discussion by talking about enhanced-content ebooks: what are they, and what can they do? Are they destined to be commonplace? Are they a big waste of money? Are they going to bankrupt publishers? Rob, as one would expect, is a skeptic. Marion is somewhat less skeptical, but still has no faith in The Man. Sarah is agreeable and practical.

Then Rob talks about dystopia, and Marion and Sarah sit quietly and listen.

We then play a fantastic game of Bad Romance, in which we turn our story into a dystopia and we extrapolate society’s worst problems into a story about crooked firefighters battling against Scentsy.

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Some music from today’s episode (used under a Creative Commons license): “Bug Out” and “Shakedown”, by Jacindae.

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4 Responses to “Ep 20: Enhanced eBooks, and Dystopia”

  1. MKHutchins
    June 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I knew this was going to be a good ‘cast as soon as I saw the picture of “The Monster at the End of this Book.”

    When YA dystopia first started growing, I remembered being disappointed in what I picked up because I had a specific idea of what dystopia was — a character coming to the knowledge that their “perfect society” wasn’t perfect, a la “The Giver” or “Anthem.” The definition has seemed to shifted a lot with the recent boom (which I enjoy immensely, now that I know what to expect).

  2. Katya
    June 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    “And there’s the writing prompt—which we don’t give. That’s a different show!”

    I had no idea you were even AWARE of That Other Writing Podcast. Now I’m crushed and weeping.

  3. Klimpaloon
    June 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    @Katya
    That Other Writing Podcast has guest-starred both Sarah and Rob. And Rob is “the talented Wells brother” so…

  4. Katya
    June 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Oh, I know. (It was a joke.) In fact, I think Rob’s been a guest on WE more times than anyone else. But it still cracked me up to hear him accidentally give a writing prompt on this podcast.

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