Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr

Watership Down

Episode Summary

One year ago, Brenna and Joe decided to embark on a grand podcasting adventure. This episode marks our birthday/anniversary and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than read the book that we bonded over back in university: Watership Down, the horribly traumatic story of a group of intrepid bunnies who embark on their own adventure to find a new home.

Episode Notes

One year ago, Brenna and Joe embarked on a grand podcasting adventure. This episode marks our birthday/anniversary and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than read the book that we bonded over back in university: Watership Down, the horribly traumatic story of a group of intrepid bunnies who embark on their own adventure to find a new home. 

Yes, folks, the time has finally come to discuss Richard Adams' 1972 classic YA tome and Martin Rosen's 1978 animated adaptation (along with brief mentions of the 90s TV show and the 2018 Netflix remake). Up for discussion: the various political systems represented in the text, arguments for its longevity and whether it is particularly "British". Also: criticism of its treatment of violence (that dog!), gender (ugh, the does) and race (UGH, that bird).

Plus: Brenna and Joe reminisce about the YA Lit course from nearly two decades ago that brought them together and Joe shares an unusual childhood connection to the text...or 42 of them.

In homework: we discuss a big format change that will take effect in the New Year!

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