Fandalite Academy

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Podcast
Title: Fandalite Academy
Created by: Bug and Cates
Date(s): April 01 2018 – present
Focus: literary and psychological analysis
Fandom: Animorphs
External Links: listen on soundcloud
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Fandalite Academy is a podcast by Bug and Cates, sisters who are both American grad students getting PhDs in social psychology and children's literature, respectively. The first episode was posted in April, 2018, but Bug and Cates had been working on it for seven months and said in their announcement that the show was prompted by "Bug’s paramour," who thought they should record their long, frequent conversations.[1]

The description on soundcloud reads:

Welcome to the Fandalite Academy, your source for all the psychological and literary theory behind Animorphs that you neither wanted nor needed. We post episodes on alternate Sundays, so tune in once every two weeks to hear us gush about Animorphs.[2]

The podcast focuses on one book at a time, using each book as a jumping-off point to discuss a topic as it relates to both the book in question and the series as a whole. Each episode is 30 minutes to an hour and starts with a spoiler warning for the whole series as well as trigger warnings for the episode in particular and the series in general. Warnings include discussions of torture, suicide, dissociation, and genocide, especially because Cates' research for her PhD in Children's Literature focuses on "depictions of trauma and recovery in children's fantasy novels"[2] and Animorphs is much heavier on the trauma than the recovery.

Banner on SoundCoud showing a shelf with all of the Animorphs books lined up next to each other.

Episodes

  • 1. The Invasion, AKA Not Your Grandfather's Heroes—1 April 2018
  • 2. The Visitor, AKA The Past is an Unknown Land—8 April 2018
  • 3. The Encounter, AKA Thresholds, Flights, and Liminal Spaces Full of Dead Rabbits—15 April 2018
  • 4. The Message, AKA Welcome to the Island of Misfit Toys—29 April 2018
  • 5. The Predator, AKA Tales from Outer Suburbia: Maternity, Mortality, and (Im)Maturity—13 May 2018
  • 6. The Capture, AKA He Ain't Heavy, He's My Jungian Shadow—4 June 2018
  • 7. The Stranger, AKA Define "Normal"—17 June 2018
  • 8. The Alien, AKA We are the New Americana—2 July 2018
  • 9. The Secret, AKA I Think Therefore I Am (And If I'm Not Thinking, Am I Nothing?)—5 August 2018
  • 10. The Android, AKA Do Animorphs Dream of Electric Chee?—28 August 2018

References

  1. thejakeformerlyknownasprince, We started a podcast!, psoted 01 April 2018. Accessed 31 August 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fandalite Academy on soundcloud. Accessed 29 August 2018.