We're craving an escape into our favorite fantasy worlds, but fans are complaining that all the "retconning" is ruining their suspension of disbelief. Why is retroactive continuity so controversial? Olivia Dolphin and Hayley Milliman discuss how JK Rowling’s decrees have unraveled The Potterverse. Nick Randall and Mac Rogers grapple with recent revelations in Doctor Who. Laurie Ulster defends Star Trek’s familial reshuffling, and author Andrew J. Friedenthal explains why rewriting the history of fantasy worlds is similar to revising history in real life.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What happened to the back catalog -- it was gone and now it's back?
In 2019, I joined a network called Midroll, which owns the app Stitcher. Part of my deal with them is that most of my back catalog would only be available through their service Stitcher Premium. When my contract was up, I decided not to renew for various reasons. If you subscribed to Stitcher Premium to hear the back catalog -- thank you! But I no longer receive a commission from those subscriptions. If you'd like to support the show in other ways, there's a link up top to the show's Patreon and GoFundMe accounts.
In your episodes about (X) how come you didn’t mention (Y)?
That is most common question that I get. Each episode begins with a lot of research, looking at the history of the topic and the ways people have discussed it. I often joke that I don’t want my podcast to feel like “Imaginary Wikipedia” because I don’t want listeners to feel burdened with too much information to retain. That doesn’t mean what gets left on the proverbial cutting room floor is inherently less important. It just didn't fit into the flow of the narrative I was telling.
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Yes, please feel free to include an episode of the podcast in whatever course that you're teaching, as part of the syllabus or textbook materials, so long as you credit the show.
Do you take suggestions for episode ideas?
Sure! I particularly like suggestions about a cultural work that sparks questions or controversy, or a creative person with an interesting backstory.
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