#148: Jonathan Strange and Gilbert Norrell in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (TV 2015) “Magic is not ended in England.”

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Todd and Joe rare discussing Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange from the television mini-series Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. We talk about what drives each character, the different styles of magic on display, and how everything about this adaptation is pretty darn amazing.

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The Protagonist Podcast #141: Nimona in Nimona (Comic 2015) “I’m a shark!”

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Joe and Todd are joined by John Darowski to talk about Nimona from the graphic novel Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. They talk about trauma, disruption versus maintaining the status quo, and shape shifters.

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The Protagonist Podcast #139: Stanley Yelnats in Holes (Novel 1998) “It was all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig stealing-great-great-grandfather!”

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Joe and Todd discuss Stanley Yelnats and Hector Zeroni from the novel Holes. They talk about the structural perfection of the plot and the character arcs.

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The Protagonist Podcast #135: Ged/Sparrowhawk in A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (Novel 1968) “Infinite are the arguments of mages.”

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Todd and Joe are joined by returning guest Kjerste Christensen to discuss Ged from A Wizard of Earthsea. They talk about the novel’s place as a foundational text in the fantasy genre, what Le Guin did to make her text unique, and the internal threat Ged faces.

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#114: Vin in Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (Novel 2008) “What is it that you believe?”

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Todd and Joe are joined by All-Star guest Kjerste Christensen to discuss Vin from the novel Mistborn: The Final Empire. They talk about her characteristics, her best moments, and what makes a good fantasy novel.

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#109: Jonas in The Giver by Lois Lowry (Novel 1993) “Memories need to be shared.”

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Todd and Joe talk about Jonas from the Lois Lowry novel The Giver. They talk about what doesn’t work for them plot-wise, but what resonates thematically.

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#107: Frodo and Friends in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) (Film 2001) “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”

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This week we’re joined by special guest Cassandra Fredrickson from the Lord of the Rings Minute Podcast to discuss the 2001 film Fellowship of the Ring. We talk about character motivations, the filmmaking skill on display, and the art of adaptation.

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#104: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Novel 1998) “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are.”

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Todd and Joe are joined by special guest Zach Glassett to discuss the novel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. They talk about character evolution, a bad red herring for a mystery, and the awesomeness of Riddle’s diary.

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#081: Hazel and Bigwig in Watership Down (Novel 1972) “My Chief Rabbit has told me to stay and defend this run.”

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This week, Todd and Joe talk about Hazel from the 1972 novel Watership Down. This book is about rabbits, as one of us discovered for the first time getting ready for this episode. We talk about leadership, the scale of an epic story, and misconceptions we had about this wonderful story.

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#079: Bone in Bone (Comic 1991) “I know I am short, bald, and have a big nose.”

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This week, you can hear Todd and Joe suffer through colds as they discuss Fone Bone from the Jeff Smith comic book Bone. But, just as their illnesses threaten to derail everything, Producer Andrew flies in and saves the day with some spectacular analysis of this great character.

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