Episode #53 - One of Us

Oct 17, 2022, 01:25 PM

Prophecy Radio episode #53 discusses Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting by Roseanne A. Brown, as well as talks to the author herself—who’s also a massive Percy Jackson fan! Karen and Kristen also tackle all the latest news, and provide a little bit of an update about what’s going on in their lives. But don’t worry, the podcast isn’t going anywhere! There is no chapter review this week. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.

News and Updates (00:01:16)

Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting by Roseanne A. Brown (00:18:56)

  • Beware of spoilers if you’re trying to go into the book without knowing anything!
  • What is this book about?
  • Doesn’t Mean Girls meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer sound like such a good combination?
  • What kind of character is Serwa?
  • How do we feel about her parents? We have a lot of thoughts.
  • At least Boulder is around?
  • It’s okay not to be perfect, and Serwa certainly teaches us this lesson.
  • We love how complex Roxy is.
  • But her story is also about immigration and deportation, making it a pretty heavy—but important!—topic to talk about.
  • Eunju is a complicated character, and it was interesting to see behind the mask.
  • It’s so refreshing when creators allow girls and women be angry!
  • How could you NOT love Mateo?
  • It took us a little longer to love Gavin, but once you understand where he’s coming from, it really makes a difference!
  • Everyone’s magic fits them so well.
  • The adze are kind of scary, and we never thought we’d be afraid of fireflies.
  • Learning about the adinkra has been so interesting. Make sure you look in the back of your book to learn more!
  • We talk about who the adze was and whether it was obvious.
  • Mrs. Dean is THE ABSOLUTE WORST, and it makes us so angry.
  • But at least we have Mr. Riley, who is her antithesis in every possible way.
  • Mr. Riley and Roxy’s ancestry is so interesting.
  • Okay, let’s talk about the BIG spoiler here because it’s a doozy.
  • Is her aunt as bad as everyone thinks she is?
  • Is Serwa the Midnight Drum?
  • There is SO MUCH to look forward to in Book 2.
Roseanne A. Brown Interview (01:25:31)

  • We’re SO excited to talk to Roseanne because not only is she a huge Percy Jackson fan, but she’s got some love for Teen Wolf, too.
  • First up—what are her go-to snacks when she’s writing?
  • We learn that the length of an edit letter does not correlate to how much work you have to do on your second draft.
  • Yes, there were people writing fanfiction on DeviantArt back in the day.
  • No, we will never get to see her Percy Jackson fanfiction. Booooooo.
  • Can you believe Mrs. Dean is based on someone Roseanne knows!?
  • Wait until you hear who Mr. Riley is based on…
  • Roseanne explains what the treasure hunting aspect of the book would’ve looked like.
  • Making Serwa already a part of the world of Slayers was an intentional choice Roseanne made when writing the book.
  • She tells us one of the crazy mythological creatures we’ll see in Book 2.
  • Three guesses which of the kids is Roseanne’s favorite.
  • We have an amazing discussion about how it’s important to talk to kids about racism and how the book doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to this topic.
  • Who would Roseanne’s Greek godly parent be?
  • And she has the godly parents for each of the kids picked out!
  • Which Rick Riordan Presents world would Roseanne like to live in?
  • Is Roseanne excited for the Teen Wolf movie?
  • You want some teasers for Book 2!?
  • What about the other projects Roseanne is working on?
Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 54, which will discuss the latest blog posts from Rick Riordan.

This episode’s hosts are: Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz.

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