All in Good Storytime 📚 Episode 31

All in Good Storytime is an interactive, bookish, book club podcast hosted by Alanna, Katya, and Tia. To join the club, make sure you're following us on Twitter to get updates on what book we're reading and to what chapter we are reading through (or what anime we're watching and what episode we are watching through), and listen to the podcast here or on iTunes (see link below) to join in on the discussion. And don't forget to read along!

In the 31st episode of All in Good Storytime, we watch Annihilation (the recent movie based on the book that we previously read on the podcast), directed and written by Alex Garland. We discuss the complicated relationship between the diverse mostly-female cast, allegations of white-washing, and the handling of the sole queer female character who suffered the most gruesome on-screen death. We highlight the numerous changes from the book such as the addition of a geomorphologist to the team, the replacement of the surveyor and anthropologist with a physicist and paramedic, and the fact that all the characters were addressed by their names in the film instead of solely by their profession.

We also describe how the film's tendency to provide us with answers for every encountered phenomenon compared with our experience reading the book which actively avoided providing explanations. We address the twist ending with numerous references to Inception and we provide our own interpretations of what we believe happened to Lena. Finally, we questioned if Alex Garland is Jeff VanderMeer's green, alien double and if he ran away with the script after 10 minutes of interpretive dance-fighting.

Next, next week we will be watching episode 1 of Big Little Lies on HBO.

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