The Winter People

Living in the Woods like Goblins | The Winter People

Ally and Lulu take on The Winter People by Jennifer McMahonand they were blown away. A story full of grief that gets twisted to an unbelievable horror by those unwilling to accept the finality of death. Between falling for wicked schemes and throwing blame where it didn’t belong, Lulu and Ally tear one character to shreds, while also praising two for being true ride-or-dies. 

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A Cheesecake in the Shoe Aisle | Penny Dreadful

New Year, New Beginnings, but before that, we must say goodbye to Penny Dreadful as Ally and Lulu finally sit down to discuss the final 5 episodes of the show, full spoilers. Unfortunately, guest host Lisa was unavailable, but she does have some mighty strong thoughts on the finale, which can be found on her tumblr. Lulu picks up her last trash child of the series, really falling in love with the actor’s brilliant psychological and physical portrayal of such a classic character. She also imagines an immortal in a velour tracksuit living in modern times. Which immortal? Well, I guess you’ll have to listen to find out! Ally, meanwhile, gets her long awaited character death, and contemplates on a better set of endings. 

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Best of 2017

Past Me Did Me A Solid | Best of 2017

Ally and Lulu talk about their favorite books, shows, movies, and more of 2017! It might not all be new, but it was new to them so expect some classics on the list. Favorite books include previous podcast books, and characters that tend to have personality traits in common (for Lulu at least). Comic book movies win big with the hosts, and tv shows were sorely lacking. Their fave youtubers and podcasters sure did have a lot of good boys…

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Macon the Choice | Beautiful Creatures pt2

Ally and Lulu finish up Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and are sorely disappointed with the ending. They discuss the mixed messages that reverberated throughout the book, as well as the depressing theme the book ended on. Is there really no chance for change? For breaking out of the mold we are born into? Lulu waxes on about her light of her life, Ridley, while Ally throws her hat in (and star ratings of this book) with Macon. 

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Benignly Condescending | Beautiful Creatures pt1

Southern Gothic meets YA fantasy in Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. So, it should have been an easy hit with both Ally and Lulu, and though both are enjoying it, they do stop and realize that they are clearly over the target market age. They discuss various character tropes used in the first half of the novel, and whether they work well or detract from the story, as well as the recurring motifs of brother versus brother and being forced to choose one side of two, and the symbolism behind the various other works of literature mentioned. Ally has solid predictions for how the book will end, while Lulu is still just confused as heck.

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The Road Thus Far… Vlog #1

Hey there it’s Lulu, your regular host at the Pages and Pause Screen Podcast. A bit of a surprise for y’all to be able to catch my face, but it’s part of the new road map Ally and I are working on for the future of the podcast, and the brand as a whole. It’s just a quick overview on why things have been a bit inconsistent lately (my bad) and what we can expect moving forward!

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Like a Bitch Eating Crackers | Dragon Age Inquisition

Lulu hands the reins over to Ally as she hosts this week’s podcast, alongside guest hosts Lisa and Emily, on Dragon Age Inquisition! Plenty to gab and fume about as they break apart what made Inquisition amazing (hello Dorian Pavus — light of everyone’s life), and where it stumbled (ah yes, the wonderfully mapped Hinterlands with surprise higher level Rift in the middle of a needed zone). They touch upon companions, love interests, missed opportunities to dissect the learned institutionalized self-hate, and mechanics changes, as well as much, much more. Does include spoilers for the entirety of Inquisition (including the Trespasser DLC), so beware if you haven’t gotten to it yet!

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You Rat Bitch | The Haunted Forest Tour

Abandoning the original book chosen for Spooktober, Ally and Lulu pick up The Haunted Forest Tour by Jeff Strand and James A. Moore and boy, was that the right decision! The prologue alone induced more creeps and spooks than the entirety of The Haunting of Ashburn House. There were gory bits (though not too gory), there were creepy crawlies, deaths, murder, torture, but also team building exercises and chuckles along the way. The authors truly created a seamless work of fiction, which is incredibly difficult as readers can usually tell when there’s a change (eg Good Omens).

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The Before Times | The Haunting of Ashburn House

Ally and Lulu searched for a spooky book, found The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates, were excited, were disappointed. Ride this wild rollercoaster of emotions as they try to figure out what went wrong, where this takes place, and whether they’ll actually finish the book (which they’ve never had to consider before!)

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Just Die in the Desert | Penny Dreadful

BE WARNED! LIKE ALL OF OUR PODCASTS, IT IS FULL SPOILERS!! Today’s episode marks the beginning of the end for Pages and Pause Screens’ talks on Penny Dreadful! Ally, Lisa, and Lulu discuss the first four episodes of the final season. Dorian Gray has been replaced as Lulu’s trash son as she adopts a much […]

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