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Better Than the Movie: A Podcast About Books

Better Than the Movie is a community for people who love reading, books, book news and issues related to literature and popular culture. Our goal is to review and discuss book themes with passion and an open mind. We want to encourage readers to look beyond the Best Sellers lists and discover new voices and stories.

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We begin with revisiting Eric Jerome Dickey's Cheaters and whether or not it held up for us many years later. We also discuss reading slumps and how we deal with getting back in the groove after being caught in one. This bulk of this week's episode finds us discussing contemporary books that we feel should be considered classics in the years to come. 

1hr 17mins

10 Mar 2015

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EPISODE SEVENTY: burn it down

This week we're discussing Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, but first...the news! Articles discussed below:Prize for Thrillers with No Violence Against Women?https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/26/staunch-prize-launched-for-thrillers-that-avoid-sexual-violence-against-womenhttps://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/31/staunch-prize-thrillers-no-violence-against-women-sophie-hannah?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooksHow to Make Money Self-Publishing Short Romance Novels on Amazon: https://www.makingsenseofcents.com/2018/02/make-money-writing-romance-novels.html 15 New Theatre-Related Reads Out This Spring: http://www.playbill.com/article/15-new-theatre-related-reads-out-this-springLupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira are adapting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah for TV: https://www.avclub.com/lupita-nyongo-and-danai-gurira-are-adapting-chimamanda-1823405299 Thread bout there being more black book reviewers: https://twitter.com/brownbookworm/status/968614017790021635

14 Mar 2018

Rank #2

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EPISODE SIXTY-SEVEN: Singing in the Background

This week we’re discussion Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward, but first the news! Links to stories discussed below:Updated: Did This Book Buy Its Way Onto The New York Times Bestseller List?Are Book Blurbs Helpful or Harmful?National Book Awards Longlist

26 Sep 2017

Rank #3

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EPISODE FIVE: Tales of a Childhood Bookworm

In this week's episode, we discuss the launch of the Better Than the Movie book club. We pick our first selection, Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat. We also talk about our nostalgic favorites looks from childhood. From Ann M. Martin to Lois Lowry, we discuss some of our our faves that shaped our literary trajectory.

1hr 11mins

24 Feb 2015

Rank #4

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EPISODE FOUR: FOH [Fiction Outta the Hood]

In this week's episode we tackle the genre of urban fiction aka hood lit. From the origins of Iceberg Slim novels to its stronghold on the Amazon Top 100 African American fiction list, we discuss our gripes with it as well as its...unique traits. We also spend a bit of time reminiscing for authors of days of yore, specifically Trisha R. Thomas, Sheneska Jackson and Lolita Files and we finally get to the root of Jeanette's Zane issues.Intro/Outro music courtesy of Chief waKil. Song: "Good Things"

1hr 20mins

17 Feb 2015

Rank #5

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EPISODE TWO: Conversing with Mrs. Jones

We have a special guest! Christina Jones is a writer of contemporary romance and romantic suspense who speaks with us regarding her writing career, diversity in publishing, romance stereotypes/tropes, and her Serendipitous Love book series.If you're looking to read more contemporary romance from indie writers of color, check out some authors that Christina recommends: Love Belvin, Nia Forrester, Te Russ, Danielle Allen, Jacinta Howard, Candace Shaw, Perri Forrest, Chicki Brown, Delaney Diamond, Chelle Ramsey, Britni Danielle and Adrienne Thompson. Intro/outro music courtesy of chief waKiL (Song title: "Love").

1hr 18mins

4 Feb 2015

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EPISODE SIXTY-EIGHT: Back Like We Never Left

Oh hai. It us. We back. Kickin' mad shit in ya ear for the new year. (I'm sorry for that.) We're talking reading, writing, and podcasting goals for 2018 in addition to the news stories below...No more library fines for most young readers in L.A. CountyWHAT TO READ WHEN 2018 IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER Fred Bass, Who Made the Strand Bookstore a Mecca, Dies at 89Jacqueline Woodson has been named National Ambassador for Young People’s LiteratureLast of Philly's Black Owned Bookstores Making a Comeback

16 Jan 2018

Rank #7

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EPISODE SIXTY-THREE: My Book, Yo Book. Everybody Book

This week Jeanette and Tahmeka are discussing the world of indie publishing and highlighting some folks for y’all to check out.Articles Discussed in News:Books for Girls, About Girlshttps://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/17/childrens-books-for-girls-publishers-writers-gender-imbalanceBig Little LIeshttp://www.avclub.com/article/murder-only-one-big-little-lies-many-mysteries-252304Kerry Washington, Warner Bros. to Adapt 'The Mothers': http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/warner-bros-kerry-washington-adapt-mothers-984828?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referralChimamanda and the Trans Communityhttp://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-adichie-transgender-20170313-story.htmlHer New Book:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/books/chimamanda-ngozi-adiche-dear-ijeawele.htmlBooks N Bros’ 11-year-old founder wants to help boys love reading at an age when they often don’t: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/books-n-bros-11-year-old-founder-wants-help-boys-love-reading-age-when-they-often-don-t#stream/0Authors Highlighted:Constance Burris: https://www.amazon.com/Constance-Burris/e/B00P42MYIU Renaldo Christopher: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&text=Renaldo+Christopher&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Renaldo+Christopher&sort=relevancerankDL White: https://www.amazon.com/DL-White/e/B00RM4Q3J4Alexandra Warren: https://www.amazon.com/Alexandra-Warren/e/B00U6XWUYALove Belvin: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Belvin/e/B00CZDLZO0Té Russ: https://www.amazon.com/T%C3%A9-Russ/e/B008HSBE34Danielle Allen: https://www.amazon.com/Danielle-Allen/e/B00JT0JUZSIndie Love in the A Event Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indie-love-in-the-atl-2017-tickets-28541142325

21 Mar 2017

Rank #8

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After a lengthy hiatus we're back talkin' books. Join us as we discuss Kimani coming to an end and what's currently on our TBR lists.

23 May 2017

Rank #9

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EPISODE SIXTY-FIVE: Wesssssiiiiidddddeeeee!

We're discussing books set out West!Articles discussed in news:Tahmeka’s Literary Heart and Literary Brain Have A Conversationhttp://www.documentjournal.com/article/junot-diaz-and-toni-morrisonA Joy Luck Club TV Showhttp://blog.angryasianman.com/2017/05/a-joy-luck-club-television-series-is-in.htmlWell Read Black Girl Conference Kickstarterhttp://www.themillions.com/2017/06/well-read-well-written.htmlWhy Literary Journals Don’t Payhttp://www.themillions.com/2017/05/why-literary-journals-dont-pay.html

12 Jul 2017

Rank #10

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EPISODE SIX: Funny Girls

This week's episodes finds us discussing humorous books written by women writers from all walks of life, but mainly comediennes. We discuss books from Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Issa Rae, Helena Andrews, and a host of others. We also briefly speak about whom we would like to see a book of this ilk from in the future.

1hr 10mins

3 Mar 2015

Rank #11

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It’s been a minute, but we back with the jumpoff. This week we’re talking villains. But first…the news! Links to articles discussed below:New Books in August 2017: http://blog.mahoganybooks.com/new-books-in-august-2017/ LeVar Burton Sued for Using His Reading Rainbow Catchphrase on His Podcasthttp://www.vulture.com/2017/08/levar-burton-sued-for-using-his-reading-rainbow-catchphrase.html?utm_campaign=vulture&utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s1 Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King’s Macro & Victoria Mahoney To Adapt Octavia E. Butler’s Sci-Fi Novel ‘Dawn’ For TVhttp://deadline.com/2017/08/ava-duvernay-octavia-butler-dawn-tv-series-victoria-mahoney-macro-1202145539/ The Toxic Drama on YA Twitterhttp://www.vulture.com/2017/08/the-toxic-drama-of-ya-twitter.html?utm_campaign=vulture&utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s1 

16 Aug 2017

Rank #12

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EPISODE SIXTY-NINE: sometimes we rant

In this episode we talk about a hodgepodge of items, culminating in a little rant about piracy & An American Marriage. Items discussed in this week's show:Jesmyn Ward's Two Book Deal: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/book-deals/article/76000-s-s-signs-jesmyn-ward-to-two-book-deal.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=9a5d492df5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-9a5d492df5-305326373Tayari Jones' BIG news: http://www.oprah.com/inspiration/an-american-marriage-by-tayari-jones-oprahs-book-club-2018

20 Feb 2018

Rank #13

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This week we’re discussing The Mothers by Brit Bennett. 

7 Mar 2017

Rank #14

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It’s Jeanette & Tahmeka, talking’ books.News discussed this episode:Hilary Banks- Sweet Blackberry: http://www.sweetblackberry.org/ Author of An Untamed State Pulls Book From S&S: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/roxane-gay-pulls-book-from-simon-schuster-in-response-to-mil?utm_term=.euQj3qgm2#.ogOaJ2RNpPaul Beatty Is Not New to This: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/22/paul-beatty-trumps-america-has-always-existed?CMP=share_btn_fbSilent Book Club  https://www.pw.org/content/dear_readers_you_are_not_alone Marley Dias: 12-Year-Old Founder Of #1000BlackGirlBooks Gets A Scholastic Book Deal: https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com/blogs/stories/marley-dias-12-year-old-founder-of-1000blackgirlbooks-gets-a-scholastic-book-deal 

21 Feb 2017

Rank #15

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EPISODE SIXTY: A Swing and a Miss

This week we’re talking Zadie Smith’s Swing Time.Articles discussed in news section:John Lewis Book Sales: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/bookmark/trump-tweet-sends-john-lewis-book-sales-soaring-964415?utm_source=twitterObama’s Secret to Surviving The White House: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/books/obamas-secret-to-surviving-the-white-house-years-books.htmlWhite Lady Anger: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/12/the-secret-lives-of-the-amir-sisters-by-nadiya-hussain-review-what-the-bake-off-winner-did-nextNational Book Critics Circle Awards: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/arts/zadie-smith-and-michael-chabon-among-national-book-critics-circle-finalists.html?smid=tw-nytbooks&smtyp=cur&_r=0

24 Jan 2017

Rank #16

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EPISODE FIFTY-NINE: #bttmpodbestof16

We're back! And talkin' books...Articles discussed in news section below:Simon & Schuster + That Milo Dudeguy: http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-yiannopoulos-book-deal-20170104-story.htmlThe Millions Most Anticipated of 2017:http://www.themillions.com/2017/01/most-anticipated-the-great-2017-book-preview.htmlIn 2017, publishing really needs a blockbuster:http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-publishing-2017-story.html

10 Jan 2017

Rank #17

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EPISODE FIFTY-EIGHT: Recommendations Vol. 4 ft. Ashley

Friend of the show Ashley stops by to give us some recommendations on (mostly) nonfiction titles regarding race relations. White Rage - Carol Anderson: http://amzn.to/2fznsAgMore Beautiful and More Terrible - Imani Perry: http://amzn.to/2fNrIRQ The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander: http://amzn.to/2fNoLk2 Southern Horrors and Other Writings; The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells - Ida B. Wells & Jacqueline Jones Royster : http://amzn.to/2fVAxbBSara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography - Clifton Crais and Pamela Scully: http://amzn.to/2ePOseO The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - isabel Wilkerson: http://amzn.to/2ftZyY8 Men We Reaped - Jesmyn Ward: http://amzn.to/2eH6Zww Passing - Nella Larsen: http://amzn.to/2ey2eC4 Stories discussed in news: Claudia Rankine using MacArthur Genius grant to create an institute to study whiteness & its influence on culture: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/oct/19/claudia-rankine-macarthur-genius-grant-exploring-whitenessPaul Beatty Wins Man Booker Prize With ‘The Sellout’: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/26/business/media/paul-beatty-wins-man-booker-prize-with-the-sellout.html?_r=0 Take a look: A 'Reading Rainbow' in the digital age: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/80774b3a6e1a4f058cc8e2c7f98a397a/take-look-reading-rainbow-digital-age Papercuts: A Party Game for the Rude and Well-Read: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/electriclit/papercuts-a-party-game-for-the-rude-and-well-read

8 Nov 2016

Rank #18

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EPISODE FIFTY-SEVEN: We just be talkin' & talkin'...

This is a new episode of Better Than the Movie.Stories discussed in news:Lil Wayne Memoir: http://www.vulture.com/2016/09/lil-wayne-rikers-island-journal.html?mid=twitter_vultureThere’s a Word for Buying Books and Not Reading Them: http://www.ozy.com/acumen/theres-a-word-for-buying-books-and-not-reading-them/71898?utm_source=MF&utm_medium=pp&utm_campaign=ppAmazon Prime Members Can Read All They Want For Free: http://www.brit.co/score-amazon-prime-members-can-read-all-they-want-for-free/?utm_content=buffer3d909&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=bufferSarah Jessica Parker and Ta-Nehisi Coates, on New Literary Paths: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/t-magazine/entertainment/sarah-jessica-parker-sjp-hogarth-tanehisi-coates-black-panther.html?_r=0Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Says Her Feminism Is Different Than Beyoncé's Feminism, But Both Women Are Doing It Right: https://www.bustle.com/articles/188446-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-says-her-feminism-is-different-than-beyoncs-feminism-but-both-women-are-doingRead a chilling excerpt from the Black Lives Matter-inspired YA novel The Hate U Give:http://www.ew.com/article/2016/10/12/the-hate-u-give-black-lives-matter-excerpt?xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter

18 Oct 2016

Rank #19

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This week we’re reading an idiot & discussing “diversity”. Stories Discussed in News Section:Claudia Rankine Leads This Year’s Class of MacArthur Genius Grant Recipients: http://www.vulture.com/2016/09/heres-2016s-macarthur-genius-grant-recipients.html?mid=twitter_vultureWhat I Pledge Allegiance To (Kiese Laymon essay): http://www.thefader.com/2016/09/19/my-mississippi-pledge-kiese-laymon Who gets to write what: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/opinion/sunday/who-gets-to-write-what.html?_r=2 

27 Sep 2016

Rank #20