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About the Show

With new episodes every other Wednesday, Be The Serpent is a Hugo Award-nominated podcast by three red-headed Slytherinish fantasy authors who enjoy shouting about everything from academic mythology to dick jokes (and sometimes, both at once). In this show, we talk about pieces of literature and media that are exciting or interesting to us, including the role of fanfiction as an integral yet oft-overlooked part of the literary conversation and in the broader cultural context. 

We love tropes, fantasy economics, unreliable narrators, critiquing penis metaphors, and crying about our feelings. Take a shot every time we say the word 'lubrication'.

It is, obviously, a podcast of extremely deep literary merit.
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People are saying nice things about us!
"Gentlest of plugs for the Be the Serpent podcast, which is about fandom and listens like sitting in the post-con room-party with three very smart friends while they have a conversation. They analyze a fic with the tenderness my college theatre professor reserved for Richard III. [They] are filling a very needed niche in the podcasting world and I cannot WAIT to see what [they] do next."
                 --Katherine (@flatpatterning)

"Ladies, the frail vehicle of the English language cannot hope to convey the sheer helium-through-your-veins joy & exhilaration your podcast inspires. I fucking LOVE you so, so much. These love letters to narrative & pop culture...Really, the podcast is an unalloyed delight. <3"
                --Fly (@flockofwords)


"I just started listening to this podcast and i cannot WAIT to hear more, I'm OBSESSED. It's everything I love about overanalyzing fiction with three funny amazing hosts! [...] Usually when fanwork is talked about in the open, I feel that there is a sense of cringe that really doesn't need to be there, and this podcast really just refuses to be ashamed about any nay saying. They just dig in with both hands and look at everything. It's really really lovely."
                  -- @strewbi

"Seriously, [Be the Serpent] is one of just a few joys that make me not want to fix 2018 with aggressive time travel."
                 --R J Theodore
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