Ravin’ Girls Special Episode: Opal
Welcome to our Opal Special Episode, covering the short story released with the paperback edition of The Raven King!
There’s a lot packed into 38 short pages, and both Shannon and Nievita have a lot of feels(ALL THE FEELS!) and a lot to say. Nievita loves little old (Cloud) ladies brazenly reading trashy romance novels (to be fair, Shannon does, too). Shannon thinks Opal needs to be introduced to Mr. Rogers (to be fair, Nievita was unfamiliar with the episode in question). They both agree that Opal is awesome and adorable and also creepy. There’s also plenty of discussion about how the story ties into the upcoming Dreamer Trilogy and what it means for our expectations. As always, stick around to the very end to hear us being ridiculous!
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4/5/18— Ravin’ Girls Episode 10, covering chapters 27-30 of TRB
4/19/18— Ravin’ Girls Episode 11, covering chapters 31-32 of TRB
Past Episode Guide: https://ravingirls.tumblr.com/episodes
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Links to Articles, Websites, and Other Discussions:
- Mr. Rogers “What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel” (sorry I couldn’t find a better copy!): https://youtu.be/sBzNHoXkvZc
- Adam Lizard Son Parrish: https://twitter.com/mstiefvater/status/664591445161058308?lang=en
- Yeats, The Stolen Child: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/stolen-child
- Ronan’s age in The Dreamer Trilogy: http://maggie-stiefvater.tumblr.com/post/163525550976/maggie-stiefvater-amwriting
- First draft “Magical Novel”: http://maggiestiefvater.blogspot.com/2012/01/cagey-is-almost-done.html?m=1
- Original novel draft (Opal as Secret): http://maggie-stiefvater.tumblr.com/post/129496081531/maggie-stiefvater-i-cant-believe-im-showing
- More original drafts: http://maggie-stiefvater.tumblr.com/post/129499160881/maggie-my-love-will-you-show-us-more-of-your
- More: http://maggie-stiefvater.tumblr.com/post/134729315676/ive-been-asked-many-times-to-share-some-of-my
- Types of psychopomps: http://www.psychopomps.org/psychopomp-guide.html
- Aurora Borealis psychopomp: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/Northern-Lights-celestial-dancers-or-the-souls-of-fallen-warriors/
- Aurora Borealis and native myths: http://goodnature.nathab.com/fifteen-native-tales-about-the-northern-lights/
- Opal as pet: http://maggie-stiefvater.tumblr.com/post/147102907756/look-ok-a-trash-eating-satyr-is-a-pet#notes
- Opal as pet: https://dragondruids.tumblr.com/post/147116364767/arielmagicesi-arielmagicesi-adamparrush
- Death of the Author: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DeathOfTheAuthor
Art as research:
Questions about Ireland/The Dreamer Trilogy:
A list of Maggie’s upcoming appearances can be found here: http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/appearances/
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The Raven Cycle and all affiliated properties (The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and The Raven King) and the Opal short story are copyright Maggie Stiefvater and Scholastic, Inc. The Ravin’ Girls reference these properties for the purpose of literary analysis.
Intro and Outro music by Damiano Baldoni, used under CC Attribution License: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Damiano_Baldoni/Lost_Dinasty/
“Girl From Ipanema” midi (https://freemidi.org/download-9354-girl-from-ipanema-frank-sinatra) used under parody.
The original tracks have been edited for the podcast.
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