Novel Feelings: A Mental Health Book Club
2.3 Cry Blue Murder | Collective trauma

2.3 Cry Blue Murder | Collective trauma

July 25, 2021

How can you stay safe when there's a serial killer on the loose? Can you be best friends with someone you met online? Cry Blue Murder tells the story of two teenagers who exchange emails after shocking murders devastate a community. We don't have all the answers, but we can talk about the anxiety and grief that might be present after a crime in schools and the wider community. We also talk briefly about trauma, and nitpick some details about the mental health issues and diagnoses presented.

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2.2. It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake - Self-esteem and body image

2.2. It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake - Self-esteem and body image

July 11, 2021

What would life look like if you only focused on the things that bring you pleasure? Noni Blake is about to find out. This episode, we are joined by Shelby from the Chub Rub Book Club podcast to discuss body image, anxiety, and the joys of prioritising yourself. We love the sex positivity and portrayal of self-care in this book, but acknowledge the privilege required to uproot your life to focus on your own wellbeing.

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2.1 Thirteen Reasons Why | Bullying, depression and suicide

2.1 Thirteen Reasons Why | Bullying, depression and suicide

June 27, 2021

CW: suicide. Welcome to Season 2 of Novel Feelings! We're kicking things off with Thirteen Reasons Why, a book associated with a lot of controversy. We talk about the book's portrayal of suicide and why it makes us uncomfortable. Discussion topics also include bullying, sexism, and the lack of mental health support in the story. As an exciting bonus, we chat to researcher Dr Fincina Hopgood about the controversies and cultural impact of the Netflix adaptation (Interview starts at 58:25).

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Novel Tropes 3: Bad therapy

Novel Tropes 3: Bad therapy

May 30, 2021

This final episode of Novel Tropes (for now) focuses on a trope we're passionate about - passionately against, that is. Yep - it's bad therapy. From the mind reading therapist to therapist-client affairs, from the funny to the damaging, we discuss why these tropes are problematic. Warning: rants ahead!

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Novel Tropes 2: Violence and mental health issues

Novel Tropes 2: Violence and mental health issues

April 25, 2021

Our second entry in Novel Tropes, our mini-series, focuses on the 'people with mental health issues are violent' trope. Elise puts on her researcher hat and discuss the stats about this relationship in real life. We also chat with Anna Ross, a PhD candidate whose research focuses on reducing stigma towards severe mental illness through improved media reporting. Tune in for our recommendations on how writers can do better. Hint: we want to see less of this trope in general, tbh.

Our website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings | Find Anna Ross on Twitter: @Anna_Ross_

Novel Tropes 1: Commitment issues (ft. Bridgerton rants!)

Novel Tropes 1: Commitment issues (ft. Bridgerton rants!)

March 28, 2021

Introducing our new mini-series: Novel Tropes is all about taking a closer look at tropes involving mental health issues in fiction. This episode, we discuss a trope often found in romance storylines: commitment issues. Can attachment theory shine light on the complexity of these issues? Also, we have some thoughts about a recent and very popular example of this trope: Bridgerton.  

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Bonus review: A Court of Silver Flames | Trauma, rage and healing

Bonus review: A Court of Silver Flames | Trauma, rage and healing

March 7, 2021

How do you help some who seems determined to push you away? Join Elise for a bonus (solo) review of A Court of Silver Flames, the latest book by Sarah J Maas in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. This novel follows Nesta, sister of Feyre, as she recovers from multiple traumas in a fantasy setting. Topics include rage, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and the many faces of PTSD.

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Interview with Wai Chim

Interview with Wai Chim

February 21, 2021

This month, we welcome a very special guest! We chat to author Wai Chim about her book, The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling. Topics include: writing about mental health issues in Asian families, flawed but well-intentioned characters, introvert representation, and self-care. The first half of the episode is spoiler-free (we let you know when the conversation gets spoiler-y!).

Our website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings | Find Wai through waichim.com or @onewpc

How to set (and smash) reading goals

How to set (and smash) reading goals

January 24, 2021

We are kicking off 2021 with a bonus episode! This episode is all about getting back into reading, setting goals, and smashing them. We discuss a bunch of different ideas, including those that have worked for us. Hint: it’s not just about the number of books you read!

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Our favourite reads of 2020 & Season 1 Wrap

Our favourite reads of 2020 & Season 1 Wrap

December 27, 2020

We're pretty keen to say goodbye to 2020, but before that happens, we wanted to spend some quality time rambling about other books - not just those that are mental health-specific. In this special spoiler-free bonus episode, we each present our Top 3 books of the year (plus some honourable mentions) and reflect on our experience putting Season 1 together. We also talk about a potential Season 2, and other exciting things!

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