Be The Serpent

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Title: Be The Serpent
Created by: Alexandra Rowland, Freya Marske, and Jennifer Mace
Date(s): January 2018-December 2021
Fandom: multifandom
External Links: website
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Be The Serpent is a podcast hosted by Alexandra Rowland, Freya Marske, and Jennifer Mace that contains discussion of many types of media, including novels, television shows, theater, movies, Original Fiction, and Fanfiction. Each episode centers around a certain theme or trope and uses three pieces of media as "tentpoles" for the discussion. On July 14, 2021, the podcast announced that it would be going on hiatus after episode 100.[1]


With new episodes every other Wednesday, Be The Serpent is a 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 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.[2]



The podcast has been nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Fancast three times: in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Episode 71 was criticized for not acknowledging racism in Naomi Novik's novel (which the Serpents were reviewing positively, including interviewing Novik on the podcast). Some of the criticism came from members of the official fan discord server for the podcast. The server had provided fan sourced transcripts for the episodes and an invite link had been included in episode descriptions. After a few months of failing to resolve things privately, the now ex-fan server posted an open letter on Twitter [3] about the Serpents' behaviour. All three hosts posted public apologies and started adding content warnings to the descriptions on their episodes, as well as editing the episode notes, audio, and transcripts of episodes 71 and 72 to address the concerns.

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Be the Serpent Drinking Game For everyone’s favorite podcast of extremely, extremely deep literary merit. (Because great literature is always improved with alcohol.)

Take a drink…

Finish your drink…

  • robot boners
  • @serpentcast all say something in unison

Hardcore mode:

  • drink every time someone makes a high-pitched sound[4]