Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr
By Brenna Clarke Gray and Joe Lipsett
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A weekly podcast about young adult literature, their filmic adaptations and everything in between.
||CleanSimon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda / Love, Simon||After several weeks of...challenging texts, Brenna and Joe dive into the warm comfort of Becky Albertalli's 2015 Simon vs. The Homo Sapien Agenda and Greg Berlanti's 2018 adaptation Love, Simon. The pair break down the book's great writing, problematize||3/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMortal Engines||Hold onto your Old Tech because Brenna and Joe are on the run from London and the other Traction Cities as they tackle Phillip Reeves' 2001 novel Mortal Engines, as well as 2018's significantly less interesting film adaptation by Christian Rivers. The t||3/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPersepolis||After several weeks of dystopian and urban fantasy, Brenna and Joe travel back in time to the 1980s and the Iranian Revolution for a deep dive in Marjane Satrapi's award-winning comics & animated film, Persepolis.||3/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Mortal Instruments||Mundanes Brenna and Joe muddle their way through a three for one as they tackle Cassandra Clare’s 2007 urban fantasy novel The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the CGI atrocity that is the 2013 film adaptation and the 2016 Freeform TV adaptation, Sh||2/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExcerpt C. Interview with Steven Bereznai||Part of HKHSPod's mandate is to highlight the work of Canadian YA Lit writers. In this exclusive interview, Brenna and Joe are joined by Steven Bereznai to discuss his bestselling books, why superhero narratives are so appealing to gay men, and which fo||2/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Umbrella Academy||Strap on your space gear and take off your shoes because Joe and Brenna are tackling The Umbrella Academy, Netflix's latest TV adaptation, which is based on the first two volumes of the mega successful comics by Gerard Way (of the band My Chemical Roman||2/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Kissing Booth||Welcome to full-on vitriol. Brenna wants to barf and Joe wants to burn this book. In this take no prisoners dressing down of Beth Reekles’ massive Wattpad success The Kissing Booth, Brenna and Joe don’t expect to make any tween fans from Los Angele||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fault In Our Stars||Brenna and Joe tackle our second namesake in as many weeks with a deep dive into John Green's 2012 realist YA The Fault In Our Stars and Josh Boone's 2014 film adaptation. The discussion skews a little more towards the book, including Green's extensive||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Hate U Give||Fasten your SJW seatbelts because Brenna and Joe are tackling racism, privilege and duality in our most vital (and emotional) Chapter yet as we cover Angie Thomas' amazing The Hate U Give and George Tillman Jr.'s 2018 film adaptation. The discussion ab||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Discovery Of Witches||Brenna and Joe dive deep into Deborah Harkness’ 600 page tome A Discovery of Witches and discover…that they don’t care for supernatural romances. They debate the attraction to mates that can kill you, question the editorial decisions of the book a||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAppendix C. Sex Education||In a special appendix edition of the show, Brenna and Joe check out the first episode of the new Netflix series, Sex Education. The discussion ranges from Joe's love of Gillian Anderson, the balance between raunch and heart, and speculation about what r||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScott Pilgrim||Brenna and Joe dive headfirst into the graphic novel universe of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim, its toxic masculinity and its Maple-soaked Canadian identity. A text to film comparison with Edgar Wright's adaptation reveals that some problems pe||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExcerpt B. Interview with Carrianne Leung||Part of HKHSPod's mandate is to highlight the work of Canadian YA Lit writers. In this exclusive interview, Joe is joined by Carrianne Leung to discuss her work, why Canadian literature is having a moment and why Michelle Yeoh should get the animated tr||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Scarlet Letter / Easy A||Brenna and Joe are back with our first full Chapter of 2019 and it's a doozy: Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 puritanical novel The Scarlet Letter and Will Gluck's delightful 2010 "loose" adaptation, Easy A. Come for the lively discussion about how to pronou||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAppendix B. YA Forecast 2019||Happy New Year (or whatever it is you celebrate)! Brenna and Joe have gathered to survey the young adult literature and adaptation landscape for the first quarter of 2019 to select a few picks to add to your Library holds list.||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAppendix A. YA Holiday||Happy holidays from the HKHS crew. Brenna and Joe are here with a list of seasonally appropriate - and entirely non-denominational - YA picks to check out over the holidays, including a few book and TV "special" suggestions.||12/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDumplin'||The time has come to enter the Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant! That's right, Brenna and Joe are talkin' Julie Murphy's 2015 fat-positive YA hit Dumplin' and Anne Fletcher's 2018 Netflix adaptation. Listen as Joe tries a Southern accent, we discuss Manic P||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBefore I Fall||This week's "Chapter" is a doozy! Brenna and Joe struggle through Lauren Oliver's breakout 2010 novel Before I Fall and the 2017 film adaptation of the same name by Ry Russo-Young. Tackling questions about likability, white privilege, redemption arcs, t||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExcerpt A. Interview with Kevin T. Johns||Part of HKHSPod's mandate is to highlight the work of Canadian YA Lit writers. In this exclusive interview, Joe is joined by Kevin T. Johns, writing coach and author, to discuss his work, his influences and why Drew Goddard should option his book for a||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTo All The Boys I've Loved Before||After abuse and zombies, Brenna and Joe are psyched to dive into the adorably sweet love life of Lara Jean Song, the heroine of Jenny Han’s 2014 book To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and the 2018 film adaptation by Susan Johnson. Come along for the||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWarm Bodies||It’s time for a Zombie Rom Com! Brenna and Joe tackle Isaac Marion’s 2010 book Warm Bodies and Jonathan Levine’s 2013 film adaptation of the same name to discover which one has an obsession with penises and which one can’t help but conform to ty||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Perks of Being A Wallflower||Welcome to the inaugural outing of Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr! Brenna and Joe tackle Stephen Chobsky’s 1999 coming of age novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and his 2012 film of the same name. Marvel at the heaps of misery loaded onto these||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreface to Chapter 1||Join Brenna and Joe as they embark on a wild podcast odyssey into the world of YA literature, their filmic adaptations and everything in between. In this bonus episode, we introduce ourselves, explain our history together and elaborate on all of the taw||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great resource for High School Teachers
Brenna and Joe’s take on YA is accessible to teens (as well as adults who love YA). Super suggestions for rethinking literature we use in English class and different ways to unpack the value in literature written for young people.
Brenna’s laugh is infectious and Joe’s humour is a delight.
Great conversation for book and film lovers
A great listen for anyone who is into engaging conversations about books and their film adaptations - even if YA (young adult) isn't your thing . No need to worry if haven't seen the movies or read the books - the host give you more than enough context that you won't even care if things are spoiled. Hosts are personable, funny and intelligent - very accessible and make you feel like you're hanging out chatting in a coffee shop or pub. Highly recommended!