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In this year's Halloween episode, we are joined again by our friend Fred as we look look at the perennial horror trope, the vampire. Flip throws out the claim that modern vampires are no longer scary, leading to them being 'de-fanged'. We discuss the history of fanged fiction, from Polidori's s novel The Vampypre, through to Bram Stoker's Dracula, and into cinema depictions including Max Shrek and Bela Lugosi. In the late 20th century, there was a vampire resurgence, and vampires moved from antagonists to protagonists, removing the horror in the process. We discuss how this change in perspective impacted vampire stories, look at current stories beyond paranormal romances, and speculate on what the future of vampire stories might be. Do you agree, have vampires been de-fanged? For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
In this episode, we finally dive into the massive fantasy genre. We explore the ideas in Gail Carriger's book The Heroine's Journey as an alternative story structure to the more well known hero's journey, and how that works in different fiction formats We also look at Farah Mendelson's four different types of fantasy - portal quests, immersion, intrusion and liminal - and we also speculate on what the future of fantasy will be in the current dark times. Plus Nick declares that The Epic Is Dead. What do you think? For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
In this episode, we examine the often-overlooked moments before an impending apocalypse, which have a special drama of their own. And we are here for that drama... do people come together in the face of impending doom, or do they crumble under the weight of inevitable disaster? We look at different types of impending doom - natural disasters that can't be averted, external agents such as aliens and robot overlords (you know we want to talk about Cylons and Reapers again!), and of course, looming man-made disasters that may or may not be averted. Nick is back with more Neon Genesis Evangelion (of course!), plus Flip has a WHOLE NEW WAY to examine Westworld! For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows,  movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode,  check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
In this special Summer Edition episode, we contemplate what we are calling the ‘long year’ of the pandemic, and assess if we have reached the goals that we set in our first episode. We also look at pet peeves in pop culture, literature of the pose, why lit fic and the western cannon suck, and what we are looking forward to discussing in future episodes. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
In this space-inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we joined by special guest Marta Troicka as we discuss Nick's claim that all modern space movies suck. We look at three different types of space movies, spacecraft as a form of public transport, and space stories as frontierism. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
In this year's Halloween episode, Dave throws out the theory that "Ghosts are NOT horror", and challenges Nick and Flip to prove or disprove it. We discuss ghosts with unfinished business, ghosts with curses, Japanese ghosts specifically, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. So, what is your take on ghosts as horror? For  detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows,  movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode,  check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
Ep 11: Happily Ever After

Ep 11: Happily Ever After

2021-08-2501:24:10

In this fairy tale inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we joined by romance novelist Renee Dahlia as we discuss how fairy tale tropes can be translated across into fiction. We explore how fairy tale retellings are used in modern stories, which fairy tales are most popular, the connection between fairy tales and romance, and how marginalised authors can use them to leverage their stories for a wider audience. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
Are you a fan of fantasy, sci fi, cyberpunk or zombies? Do you like deep dives into tropes related to genre? Each month at Pod Culture [Oz] we different aspects of genre fiction in pop culture across literature, film, television and gaming. You can find us on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, or on our website podcultureoz.com.
In the second part of our long-promised Westworld-inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we are once again joined by our friend Fred as we discuss how artificial intelligence tropes are used in fiction. We explore the fascinating theory of the Bicameral Mind, explore Golems and Murderbots, what is Rampancy and the repercussions of it, and the differences between Humans and Artificial Intelligence - if you can't tell the difference, does it even matter? For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows,  movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode,  check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
It is finally here! In this long-promised Westworld-inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we are once again joined by our friend Fred as we discuss how artificial intelligence tropes are used in fiction. We discuss the difference between machine learning and artificial intelligence, the gendered nature of AI work in fiction, and the implications of when AIs outgrow their programming and the ways in which they grow rampant. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
In this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are once again joined by author and game designer Christian D. Read from Crowland Publishing as we discuss the politics of superheroes (part 2). We discuss a time when superheroes were playful, the concept of adult superhero stories with consequences, and explore if superheroes are an inherently fascist genre. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
In this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are joined by author and game designer Christian D. Read from Crowland Publishing as we discuss the politics of superheroes (part 1). We discuss Alan Moore's recent controversial interviews and criticism about the state of superhero movies, and consider the concept of privatising world peace, and look at the point of R-rated superheroes. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
In our first official collab (part 3), in this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are joined by Tom (aka Robots) from the Fallout Lorecast as we discuss MMOs for World Peace and how gaming is depicted in popular media. In this episode we look at the concept of gamer identity, the darker side of gaming, and how gamers can become professional without being in the elite tier of e-sports players. We also explore how marketers now consider gamers a key target audience, and the ways they try (or fail) to advertise to them. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
In our first official collab (part 2), in this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are joined by Tom (aka Robots) from the Fallout Lorecast as we discuss MMOs for World Peace and how gaming is depicted in popular media. In this episode we look at the how gamers used the internet to build an international community, and how gaming culture went mainstream in the 2000s. We also explore how windows and mirrors theory by Rudine Sims Bishops applies to gamers, and look at the 'Critical Role effect'.  For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
In our first official collab, in this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are  joined by Tom (aka Robots) from The Fallout Lorecast and Robots Radio Network as we discuss MMOs for World Peace and how gaming is depicted in popular media. In this episode we look at the history of roleplaying in pop culture, and discuss what inspired each of us to try gaming, and discover what the "NICHOLAS" Cage is! For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
This episode of Pod Culture [Oz] looks at the perennially popular zombie trope, from the vintage film White Zombie, to the revival film Night of the Living Dead, to the modern dystopian 28 Days Later and The Walking Dead. And we mustn't forget To The Lake... Our Mighty Trio face down the apocalypse - through movies, tv, and games - and examine the personal and the political of zombie dystopias.  We break it down into what we are calling the Three Phases of Modern Zombie Storytelling (isn't that a mouthful!). Then we take a look at the politics of zombie dystopias, which countries get zombies, and why Snow Plough Guy is the hero we all need. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
This episode of Pod Culture [Oz] looks at the works of Jesuit Priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and his monumental work on the evolution of humanity, which he called the Omega Point. Our gallant trio of hosts, along with special guest host Fred, examine the concept in different formats of fiction - books, tv, and games - and look at what it means to be human and where evolution may take us. The primary texts examined are the Wachowski's Netflix show Sense8, Julian May's Saga of the Exiles and Galactic Milieu series, and anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, but we also visit many other works along the way. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
Ep 1: Life in Lockdown

Ep 1: Life in Lockdown

2020-10-0634:47

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Pod Culture [Oz], a new Australian Pop Culture podcast about genre fiction. Your show hosts Dave and Nick, together with co-host and producer Philippa, are inviting you to join them for some deep dives into themes and metanarratives that span literature, film, television and gaming. In this inaugural episode, we discuss the challenges of Life in Lockdown - what we are reading, watching and playing when our usual outlets are restricted. Welcome to the new world. For more information and for extensive Shownotes, check out the Pod Culture [Oz] website. podcultureoz.com
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