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Raging Romantics

Raging Romantics Podcast2020-11-13T13:27:21-05:00
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A NOPL Podcast: Raging Romantics

Join librarians Jackie and Jen for this twice-monthly podcast to discuss one of the most divisive genres out there: romance! They’ll cover topics such as the ebook publishing sphere, genre-shaming, “chick lit”, Fifty Shades, book reviews, and more. They’ll be sure to have baked goods, bad dad jokes, and a few good stories along the way.

This podcast is rated for mature audiences and may be unsuitable for children under 17.

Adventures on an Ice Planet

Season 1- Episode 10

Welcome back to Not-Hoth, dear humans! You sparkly thing you, thanks for giving us a listen! In this episode, we, Jen and Jackie, follow up on our discussion of the Ice Planet Barbarians series by Ruby Dixon. We narrowed down the 18+ books of the series into a critical think session of four books that we reallllllly wanted to talk about. This is a heavier discussion, and we have some difficult themes we’re going to be talking about, including dubious consentrapekidnapping, and slavery. We end the discussion with a shout out to some of our other favorites in the series (there are many), and Jen gives us a particularly bad joke (as usual). Thanks for listening!

Reminder to go back and listen to the first episode this month (episode #9), as there’s a lot of information about the Ruby Dixon universe!

Don’t forget to email us at if you have any questions, concerns, recommendations, or just want to say howdy.

TW: Discussions of rape and rape culture, dubious consent (dubcon), kidnapping, and slavery

Fifty Shades of Blue with Ruby Dixon

Season 1 – Episode 9

Hey there sparkly blue romance nerds, are you ready for an out-of-this-world discussion? No…literally. We’re talking about sci-fi romance! Even better, we’re talking in this episode about our favorite Kindle author (maybe one of our favorite authors out there?), Ruby Dixon and her alien romances series Ice Planet Barbarians and Ice Home! We’re going to put on our spacesuits and jet out to the far side of an unknown galaxy to explore what a blue barbarian romance hero looks like, acts like, and whether or not this is worth the read. Spoiler alert, we say yes. We’ll also discuss the issues that readers might have with the series, so please review the trigger warnings below!

TW: Discussions of rape and forced consent, dubious consent, abduction/kidnapping, and sex slaves and alien slave trade.

Billionaires, Hot or Not?

Season 1 – Episode 8

Hello, again sparkly romance nerds! We’re back with Jen’s favorite heroes to hate, billionaires. In our last episode, we discussed the billionaire trope as a whole and had an open discussion of whether or not it’s okay to like them in romance novels (if you haven’t listened to it yet, this is your sign. GO DO IT NOW). In the meantime, if you really want to hear Jen’s true feelings on billionaires, give this episode a listen…it gets interesting.

TW: waterboarding/brief discussion of dark romance; toxic relationships; unwanted pregnancy and forced adoption; grooming

In the meantime, if you haven’t yet, go check us out on Spotify @ Raging Romantics! Give us a follow…we’ll reward you with kudos.

Diamonds are a Billionaire’s Best Friends

Season 1 – Episode 7

Bear with us on the audio for this one, folks. We’re sorry…we had some technical difficulties with having to record remotely.

Why are we so obsessed with billionaires as romance heroes? In real life, billionaires are nowhere near as popular, or common, as they seem to be in romance novels, where it appears that they are on nearly every street corner. We’re not talking Christian Grey here, people! We’re talking UBER wealth, UBER attractive, and UBER unrealistic. So, if you’re interested in hearing Jackie get very excited about a line graph, and Jen gets very conflicted about loving billionaire romance heroes, click that play button and pour some of your favorite beverage into a diamond chalice (what, you don’t have one? How plebian).

TW: Some political discussion

On the Prowl With Cougars

Season 1 – Episode 6

“…[D]ear reader, everyone knows that romance for women ends at 30. Doesn’t it?”(Jones, 2017)

Be warned y’all, JACKIE GETS VERY RAGEY IN THIS EPISODE. Why, you may ask? Because herein, Jen and Jackie take on the patriarchy that is rife in western culture with a discussion of cougars in romance novels. We review the history of the term “cougar” and ponder why older women in romance novels simply isn’t a “thing.”

TW: Teacher-student “relationships,” age gaps, discussion of the porn industry’s influence on romance, divorce, miscarriage, Abusive relationships; talk about BDSM

Silver Foxes and Romance Heroes, Oh my!

Season 1 – Episode 5

“Mr. Rochester was about forty, and this governess, not twenty; and you see, when gentlemen of his age fall in love with girls, they are often like as if they were bewitched.” (Jane Eyre, chapter XXXVI)

In this episode, Jackie and Jen explore how older men (aka, “silver foxes”) are portrayed in romance novels; why are they so popular, and why does it seem like no one cares that these older men are engaging in relationships with much younger women? What’s the psychology behind this? And why are women authors continuing to play into this trope with their plots? Sound off in the comments after listening; do you think that we should get rid of age gaps in romance?

TW: Discussions of rape and domestic violence; cheating, questionable consent, age of consent, “daddy issues,” divorce, teacher-student “relationships”


One of These Books Didn’t Suck

Season 1 – Episode 4

Vampires were at one time one of the most popular romance heroes, especially in Young Adult fiction; now, however, they appear to have gone back into the coffin. What attributed to their meteoric rise through authors such as Christine Feehan and Stephanie Meyer? In this episode, librarians Jen and Jackie review these two authors and their popular series, “Dark” (Feehan), and “Twilight” (Meyer). Were you a Twihard like Jackie? Or do you prefer your vampires with a little more grit, like Jen? Sparkle on, romance nerds!

Vampires: Why are Bloodsuckers so Sexy?

Season 1 – Episode 3

Join Jackie and Jen as they debate the pros and cons of vampire heroes in romance novels. Are you Team Edward? Or do you think these books absolutely suck?

Intro: Meet the Biggest Romance Nerds Out There


Welcome to Raging Romantics! In this episode, librarians Jackie and Jen introduce themselves and their history with the romance genre. Curious how we got into reading these books, and the sorts of titles we like to read? Listen to find out more!