Hot and Bothered

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anna
 Jun 23, 2020
these twilight episodes are the best thing about quarantine. Charlisle forever


 Apr 10, 2020

Chelsea
 Sep 17, 2019
It proclaims to be about writing romance novels, but they barely touch on that at all. Instead it is romantic advice mostly. And they take questions from Reddit that weren't even sent to them directly, which feels exploitative. Disappointed

Description

You may remember BFFs Vanessa Zoltan & Julia Argy from their all-star advice giving in Hot and Bothered Season 1. In this mini-season they’re sheltering in place in different cities, but they’re getting on the phone three times a week to read and talk about Twilight. On Twilight in Quarantine, they’ll work their way through the Twilight saga one chapter at a time, giving brilliant well-informed advice to Stephenie Meyer and her characters along the way. Being isolated sucks, but at least we can do it together with sparkly vampires brightening our days.


Episode Date
Eclipse in Quarantine: Imprint
00:22:57

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter five of Eclipse and they are obsessed with Sam Uley's love life. Can someone say drama?


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Sep 16, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Nature
00:25:58

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter four of Eclipse and it's an episode full of harsh truths and crushed dreams for the characters this week.


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Sep 09, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Motives
00:27:07

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter three of Eclipse and they're ready to pitch a CW adaptation of Twilight staring Chad Michael Murray.


Because we're switching our release schedule to once a week (on Wednesdays!) we're trying to make our episodes longer. To that end, we have a new rotating segment called Reality TV. In today's episode, we try out our 'Shark Tank' edition for the first time, in which Vanessa and Julia both propose a new product that could be useful to the people of Forks.


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Sep 02, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Evasion
00:23:48

Vanessa and Julia have read the second chapter of Eclipse and they've final solved the mystery of why so many socks go missing in the laundry: Edward is eating them.


Because we're switching our release schedule to once a week (on Wednesdays!) we're trying to make our episodes longer. To that end, we have a new rotating segment called Reality TV. In today's episode, we try out our 'Survivor' edition for the first time, in which Vanessa and Julia both vote a character off the Twilight Island.


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Aug 26, 2020
Eclipse in Quarantine: Ultimatum
00:26:40

Vanessa and Julia have read the first chapter of Eclipse and are very interested to learn that Bella's favorite book is Wuthering Heights. They dive into the book-within-a-book relationship with some essential questions: Is Eclipse going to draw its themes from Wuthering Heights? Will Bella gets to become a ghost instead of a vampire? And, most importantly, why does Bella like the wrong Bronte book?


Because we're switching our release schedule to once a week (on Wednesdays!) we're trying to make our episodes longer. To that end, we have a new rotating segment called Reality TV. In today's episode, we try out our 'Bachelor' edition for the first time, in which Vanessa and Julia both come up with dates for the characters in Eclipse.


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Aug 19, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Treaty
00:27:46

Vanessa and Julia have read the Epilogue of New Moon and they're starting a petition to bring RBG to Forks, Washington.


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Aug 07, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Vote
00:19:07

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 24 and they're rooting for Bella to say yes to the dress.


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Aug 05, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: The Truth
00:19:32

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 23 and they think that some bunk beds and a Daniel Craig shaped pillow would solve a lot of Bella’s problems.


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Aug 02, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Flight
00:20:20

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 22 of New Moon and they want to celebrate Edward for his self-control in several categories. Blood-thirst for Bella? Completely under control. Public displays of affection? Generous, yet tasteful. We can honestly say for once: Good job Edward.


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Jul 29, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Verdict
00:21:12

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 21 of New Moon. Though they've been giving advice for a while now, in this chapter it feels like there are two pressing pieces of advice that can supersede all that came previously:

  • DON'T murder
  • DON'T start romantic relationships with literal children


These are surprisingly difficult concepts for many characters to grasp.


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Jul 24, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Volterra
00:19:40

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 20 and urge Bella to jump into EMERGENCY MODE because she's far from home, wading barefoot and frantic through some deep trouble in Italy.


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Jul 22, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Race
00:22:51

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 19 of New Moon and they're starting to wonder if they should have read Fifty Shade of Grey instead.


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Jul 20, 2020
New in Quarantine: The Funeral
00:22:58

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 18 of New Moon and they want to hear from you! Write in if you: 

  • Also didn’t realize that this book was an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet
  • Have an idea of a sound effect for our genuine enjoyment section
  • Have a private jet and want us to come to your wedding


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Jul 17, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Visitor
00:19:29

 Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 17 of Eclipse and have come to the conclusion that tough love is maybe the truest love of all. #TeamBalice anyone?


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Jul 15, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Paris
00:18:43

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 16 and are scheming to unionize the poor werewolves who are clearly working too hard.


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Jul 13, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Pressure
00:22:26

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 15 and, true to type, Vanessa has to explain to Julia some 90s culture while Julia has to explain to Vanessa some modern technology.


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Jul 10, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Family
00:19:04

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 14 and they are demanding a feminist uprising against the werewolf patriarchy. 


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Jul 08, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Killer
00:17:09

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 13 of New Moon and feel it's necessary to do a deep dive into the psychology of Bella's attractions.


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Jul 06, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Intruder
00:18:30

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 12 of New Moon, and are having flashbacks to book one. We know that Jacob is the middle of a transformative time - we just didn't realize he was transforming into Edward.


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Jul 03, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Cult
00:19:18

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 11 of New Moon, and between bad policing, white savior complexes, and gas-lighting, Charlie and Bella are hitting a home run on sucking this week.


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Jul 01, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: The Meadow
00:21:07

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 10 of New Moon, and they're starting to learn the ups and downs of parenting a teenager.


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Jun 29, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Third Wheel
00:21:31

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 9 of New Moon, and they're ready to give Jacob 'the talk' about his growing and changing body.


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Jun 26, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Adrenaline
00:20:09

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 8 of New Moon, and want Bella to hop on the #TeamJacob bandwagon and off the motorcycle (or at least wear a helmet).


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Jun 24, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Repetition
00:19:03

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 7 of New Moon, and they have some notes for Sam Uley on how to be a good cult leader. Pro tip: try to be less scary.


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Jun 22, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Friends
00:21:19

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 6 of New Moon, and need to introduce some high-level terms to Bella like 'internalized misogyny' and 'racism.'


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Jun 19, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Cheater
00:16:54

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 5 of New Moon, and give Bella some much needed financial advice about saving for college.

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Jun 17, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Waking Up
00:18:54

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 4 of New Moon, and have some thoughts on how to get Bella through this break-up.


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Jun 15, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: The End
00:19:48

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 3 of New Moon, and they are THRILLED that Edward and Bella have finally broken up. We've been waiting for this moment for so long ya'll and it's finally here.


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Jun 12, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Stitches
00:18:41

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 2 of New Moon, and are thoroughly in the weeds with some big questions: is there a god? Is there such thing as a consensual rocking chair experience in the bedroom? How can we empower Bella's bodily autonomy? So buckle up, Twihards, it's a bumpy ride.


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Jun 10, 2020
New Moon in Quarantine: Party
00:19:52

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 1 of New Moon and they have a lot of advice on proper birthday etiquette and how to best take advantage of your astrological moment. 



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Jun 08, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: The Twilight Movie
00:20:55

Vanessa and Julia have watched the Twilight movie and give a thorough review of all the most important parts: the weather, the fashion, and our favorite minor characters.


Please Note: We've decided to not talk about Charlie Swan in this episode. We've given Charlie a lot of love throughout this first season of Twilight in Quarantine, but in this political moment we're thinking a lot about how police narratives are centered and celebrated in popular media.


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Jun 05, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: The Whole Dang Thing
00:27:25

Vanessa and Julia have read ALL of the first book of the Twilight series! Before they move on to New Moon, they take a look back at the whole book and give their final impressions and advice.


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Jun 03, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: An Occasion
00:18:18

Vanessa and Julia have read the Epilogue, and they're organizing the After-Prom party for Bella and Edward.


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Jun 01, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: An Impasse
00:17:27

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 24, and they finally get to meet the elusive Renée. Unfortunately, she was not worth the wait.


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May 29, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: The Angel
00:22:08

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 23, and are joined by Maren of the Remember Twilight podcast. Together, they discover that there's an gap in the market for Vampire Therapy and that maybe there's hope for true love after all.


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May 27, 2020
Breaking News: New Moon here we come!
00:01:36

Doo doo doo doo - We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you breaking news from Patreon: We've hit $3k!


Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us on Patreon! Because of your generosity we get to keep making this ridiculous show that brings us such joy. Who knew we would love talking about Twilight so much??

 

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May 27, 2020
No Episode Today!
00:00:26

We know, we know, it's a terrible time to leave you hanging. Bella is on the floor bleeding! Her leg is broken and her head is bashed in. Is she dead? Well, we'll have to wait another few days to find out. We're taking the day off for Memorial Day! We'll be back at you with Chapter 23 on Wednesday. 😘

 

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May 25, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Hide and Seek
00:18:23

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 22 and feel greatly betrayed when it turns out that Bella is not actually from Phoenix.


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May 22, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Phone Call
00:18:57

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 21 and are amused by the quaint technologies of the early 2000s like 'drawing' and 'writing.' Bella's gonna have her mind blown by photoshop and snapchat.


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May 20, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Impatience
00:17:41

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 20 and they're feeling as trapped in Bella's hotel room as she is.


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May 18, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Goodbyes
00:17:35

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 19 and they are starting to understand why the Cullens treat Bella like a toddler.


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May 15, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: The Hunt
00:16:22

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 18 and they want you to JUST SAY NO to kidnapping.


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May 13, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: The Game
00:18:32

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 17 and have an important sports update: baseball is dumb.


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May 11, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Carlisle
00:17:49

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 16 and they think that you should always pack an umbrella. Or at least not laugh at those who do.


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May 08, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: The Cullens
00:15:26

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 15 and are blowing the whistle on creepy rocking chair dynamics. If you see something, say something.


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May 06, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Mind Over Matter
00:19:20

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 14 and they applaud Bella for living her best quarantine life.

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May 04, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Confessions
00:18:26

Vanessa and Julia have read chapter 13 and they're already planning their Edward/Bella Halloween costumes.


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May 01, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Balancing
00:12:08

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 12 and they continue to find Edward's outfits better than his behavior.


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Apr 29, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Complications
00:16:46

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 11 and they finally find out why this book is called Twilight.


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Apr 27, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Interrogations
00:16:04

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 10 and they realize that everyone really wants to smell like vegetables. They also both come to a very important conclusion: using your dog to get a message to your boyfriend is a fool's errand.


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Apr 24, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Theory
00:26:59

This episode, Vanessa is joined by our friend Meredith Goldstein of the Love Letters podcast. Meredith is an actual advice columnist and an actual fan of Twilight, so it's a real treat to have her on. Vanessa and Meredith discuss chapter 9 and recommend some moral philosophy to Edward.


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Apr 22, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Port Angeles
00:17:16

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 8 and they are #TeamAngela. 


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Apr 20, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Nightmare
00:19:04

Vanessa and Julia beg Bella Swan to do literally anything else but wait by the phone for a boy to call. Bella--take a nap, eat a banana, pet your goldfish and call your mom!

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Apr 17, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Scary Stories
00:15:54

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 6 and they have different takes on the character of Lauren.


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Apr 15, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Blood Type
00:20:27

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 5 and they'd like to teach the residents of Forks some things about consent.


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Apr 13, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Invitations
00:19:55

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 4 and they're ready to start casting for Twilight the Musical.

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Apr 10, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Phenomenon
00:16:57

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 3 and, surprisingly, they're actually starting to like this book!

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Apr 08, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: Open Book
00:18:39

Vanessa and Julia have read Chapter 2 and they have some questions about the weather patterns in Forks, Washington. 


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Apr 06, 2020
Twilight in Quarantine: First Sight
00:19:02

Is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer the best book of all time? No it’s not. Is it the kind of cotton candy escapism joy we need during these uncertain times? Hell yes it is. 


You may remember BFFs Vanessa Zoltan & Julia Argy from their all-star advice giving in Season 1. In this mini-season they’re sheltering in place in different cities, but they’re getting on the phone three times a week to read and talk about Twilight. On Twilight in Quarantine, they’ll work their way through the Twilight saga one chapter at a time, giving brilliant well-informed advice to Stephenie Meyer and her characters along the way. 


In this episode, Vanessa and Julia read Chapter 1. They meet Bella and Edward for the first time and they are concerned about them. 

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Apr 03, 2020
Introducing: Love Letters
00:25:53
We're gearing up for Season 2, but in the meantime enjoy this episode of the Love Letters podcast hosted by our friend Meredith Goldstein.  Follow Love Letters on Twitter  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2020
Epilogue
00:24:58
This week Vanessa talks about how the Friends-to-Lovers trope reflects the love she has for her real life partner, and how writing her own romance novel has allowed her to discover the importance of trust in her relationships.  Meanwhile, Ariana interviews Vanessa about the importance of happy endings, how romance novels have helped her through her own life, and why she and Ariana started this podcast anyway.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2019
Let This Drive a Wedge Between You: Lauren Sandler
00:33:02
Vanessa and Julia deal with a Reddit question from a woman whose boyfriend has recently found religion. Should his attempts to convert her end their relationship? To explore this question, Vanessa talks with journalist Lauren Sandler about her research on Christian Romance Novels and their writers. At the heart of their discussion lies the question: how religion can affect romance? They discuss how religion can bring some people closer, and can tear others apart. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2019
Extra-Virgin (Like Olive Oil)
00:42:48
This week, Vanessa’s friend, Liz, writes on the “Widowed Virgin” trope, telling the story of a Jewish widow who finds sexual awakening after her husband’s death. Vanessa reflects on her own Jewish upbringing, and confronts the familial urge to marry within the religion.  Vanessa, whose partner is non-Jewish and German, examines what it means to love someone outside of the community she was raised in. She turns to her brother, who married a wonderful Jewish woman, to discuss how important it really is to marry within your own religion. Vanessa comes to terms with her own happy ending as Liz writes an HEA for the widowed virgin of her story.  We also get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.  Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com.  Next week: More love advice and a conversation with Lauren Sandler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2019
Delete Your Social Media: JenReadsRomance
00:43:07
This week Vanessa and Julia discuss a boyfriend’s jealousy of his girlfriend’s dream man. Can someone’s fantasy life be threatening to their relationship?  To get answers, Vanessa talks with popular Romance advocate and critic Jen Prokop, of @JenReadsRomance on Twitter, about romance novel covers and why they should (or shouldn’t) change. We also hear a clip from Vanessa’s interview with Nichole Perkins who talks about representation in romance covers, and how they could improve.  Send us your own romance advice questions for future episodes on our website at https://www.hotandbotheredrompod.com/advice  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2019
Treat Today Like No One is Watching
00:52:26
Jen wants to write a romance with her daughter as the main character. Vanessa just doesn’t understand why it has to be so...creepy. This week on Hot & Bothered, Jen uses the trope “Fake Relationship to True Love” to explore what her daughter’s future relationship might look like as a powerful, self-actualized woman in the modern world. When it takes a creepy turn, Vanessa wonders what sort of message Jen is hoping her daughter will hear. With the help of The New York Times’ romance columnist Jamie Green, they explore the line between pretending and lying in the dating world, and how growing up under society’s gaze affects our quest for a happy ending. We also get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.  Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com.  Next week: More love advice and a conversation with Jen Prokop, @JenReadsRomance on Twitter and cohost of the Fated Mates podcast. This episode uses Good Bones with permission from Tupelo Press. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2019
Stay Safe: Steve Almond
00:33:04
This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy tackle one of the most intense Reddit questions yet: a girlfriend considering leaving her boyfriend -- a serial drunk driver.  With the stakes high, Vanessa and Julia struggle with how to give the best advice. For advice on advice giving, Julia turns to advice columnist, podcaster, and writer, Steve Almond. Together, they discuss the patriarchal problem of male rage, and what lies between the lines of love advice questions.  Send us your own romance advice questions for future episodes on our website at https://www.hotandbotheredrompod.com/advice Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2019
A Really Solid 60% Guy
00:35:49
Elizabeth and Vanessa’s parents both got married fast, and fell in love after.  This week on Hot & Bothered, Elizabeth writes about the trope “Marriage of Convenience.” She’s taking this opportunity re-write her parents failing marriage with a happy ending. But the more Elizabeth writes, the more Vanessa wonders if Elizabeth is carrying some of the worst parts of the trope into her own life. She and Vanessa explore: how parents can inform our own idea of love, what it means to settle versus what it means to compromise, and what exactly is a happy marriage?  We also get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.  Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com.  Next week: More love advice and a conversation with writer and columnist, Steve Almond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019
Monogamy Isn’t Working: Katie and Pam Mingle
00:32:46
This week, Vanessa is joined by Katie Mingle from 99% Invisible. They explore this week’s Reddit question written by a woman in a 10 year relationship who’s experiencing feelings for another man. 
To find an answer, Vanessa and Katie call Katie’s mother and romance novelist, Pam Mingle. Together, they revisit a question from earlier in this season: whether love at first sight exists. Pam, Katie and Vanessa consider the difference between romantic love and familial love, the failures of monogamy, and whether Pam will write another romance novel.
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Oct 15, 2019
Introducing The Left Ear
00:02:21
Vanessa introduces a new podcast, The Left Ear, created by Dakota Johnson. 

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Oct 12, 2019
Mom, Don't Listen
00:38:52
Marissa Martinelli is writing a real sex scene. Vanessa is READY. 
This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Mistaken Identity.” As Marissa tries to write a good sex scene for her mistaken characters, she and Vanessa explore the vulnerability of explicit sexuality, and wrestle with the freedom and the oppression of coded sexual language.
Vanessa turns to writer, romance-novel reader, and co-host of Thirst Aid Kit Nichole Perkins to understand what we talk about when we talk about throbbing members. 
We also get our next (steamy!) writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.




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Oct 08, 2019
It’s Eyeballs: Meredith Goldstein
00:30:38
This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy marvel over their favorite Reddit dating advice question yet: a girlfriend curious about her boyfriend’s LOCKED DRAWER containing a secret object he refuses to divulge. 
For insight into the most mysterious relational secrets, Vanessa turns to advice columnist, entertainment reporter, and paranormal romance novel reader Meredith Goldstein. Together, they explore the boundaries of privacy, paranormal intimacy, and what we keep in drawers.  
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Oct 01, 2019
In the Next Exam Room
00:44:54
Vanessa and Brigid share everything with each other - their thoughts, their feelings, even their endometriosis diagnosis.
This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Friends to Lovers.” In her writing, Brigid reckons with the way love changes in the transition from friendship to partnership. Together, Vanessa and Brigid wrestle with what they share with friends, what they share with their partners, and the intimacy born from shared pain.  

Along the way, Rev. Dr. Matthew Potts returns to shed light on how we ask for care from our partners, and we get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.
 Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com. 
Next week: More love advice and a conversation with advice columnist and entertainment reporter Meredith Goldstein. 



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Sep 24, 2019
Questionable Man: Amy Hollywood
00:34:44
This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy fight over the appropriate unsolicited advice to give a Redditor who just discovered his girlfriend lied to him about her virginity. 


To make sense of their conflict, Vanessa turns to feminist and religious scholar Amy Hollywood. Together, they explore the religious history and origins of virginity, and the implications of how virginity is portrayed today.  
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Sep 17, 2019
A Helpful Scam
00:45:14
Vanessa and her sister-in-law Suzanne agree: love-at-first-sight is questionable at best. Even still, Suzanne wants to explore a love-at-first-sight romance novel while anticipating the birth of her first child. 
This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Love at First Sight.” Suzanne considers how a parent’s “supposed” to feel upon first sight of their newborn child, and how love grows and evolves over time. Vanessa considers the limitations of love-at-first-sight stories in a world full of bad men. 
Along the way, Vanessa’s friend Sasha weighs-in with her own high-risk, high-reward experience with love at first sight, and we get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.
 Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com. 
Next week: More love advice and a conversation with feminist and religious scholar Amy Hollywood. 




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Sep 10, 2019
Abolish Mothers-in-Law: Beverly Jenkins
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More time to get your writing on!!!
This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy consider how to offer unsolicited advice to a Redditor struggling with parents who disapprove of his girlfriend’s ethnicity, personality, and basically all the things he loves about her. 
Vanessa turns to her favorite romance novelist, the legendary Beverly Jenkins, to understand what we can learn from the portrayal of race in romance novels. Together, they discuss the power of representation in stories, the ministry of romance novels, and love and happily ever afters in the African-American experience.
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Sep 03, 2019
The Conundrum
00:40:56
It’s no secret Olivia and Molly would love to have a baby. Vanessa thinks she might want a baby, but isn’t so sure. 
This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope of “Secret Baby.” Olivia and Molly have been patiently hoping and working to bring a baby into their life. In the meantime, they craft their own vicarious happy ending, baby and all. Vanessa considers her ambivalence about having a baby, and invites a chorus of loved ones to weigh the pros and cons of her bringing a child into the world.
Additionally, we get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.
 Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com. 
Next week: More love advice and a conversation with one of Vanessa’s favorite novelists, romance superstar Beverly Jenkins.





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Aug 27, 2019
Divorce Him: Emily Nagoski
00:27:38
That’s right! You work on your writing, we’ll work on other people’s love lives!
This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy offer their support and unsolicited advice to an especially distraught Redditor wondering what to do with a husband who claims he’s no longer sexually attracted to her because of her past trauma.
In addition to the obvious answer (divorce him!), Vanessa turns to sex educator and NYT best-selling author Emily Nagoski to better understand the nuances around attraction, sexual connection, and how to live confidently and joyfully in our bodies.
Don’t forget to check out Emily’s new book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle https://www.amazon.com/Come-You-Are-Surprising-Transform/dp/1476762090
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Aug 20, 2019
We All Hate Kokomo
00:46:51
Vanessa has been faithfully holding onto her old love letters. Her friend Sejal, however, has decided to burn her own memorabilia and never look back. Which one is right?

This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Reunited Lovers.” Sejal has made peace with her past and seeks a vicarious happy ending for two fictional former flames. Vanessa, on the other hand, is forced to confront the reality of a former toxic lover and what it means to doctor the evidence of her romantic history.

Along the way, Rev. Dr. Matthew Potts weighs-in on how much of forgiveness is forgetting, and we get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.

Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com

Next week: More love advice and a conversation with mind-blowing sex educator and NYT best-selling author, Emily Nagoski. 






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Aug 13, 2019
No Such Thing as Too Many Romance Novels: Margaret H. Willison
00:28:45
Another week to work on your next writing assignment? You’re welcome! This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy offer more unsolicited advice to a romance-fraught Redditor caught between the love she has in her arms and the love she’s read about in books. 


Torn between fantasy and reality, Vanessa turns to librarian, pop culture expert, and America's Next Top Best Friend Margaret H. Willison to discuss the power of fantasy, and how imagining the love we *could* have helps us get the love we deserve. 
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Aug 06, 2019
Best Friend Lady Pirates
00:44:44
Ariana Nedelman wants to write a romance novel, no matter how much it hurts. Vanessa Zoltan loves her friend Ariana, and doesn’t want her to do things that hurt!


This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Enemies to Lovers.” Ariana confronts her own enemy, writing, in hopes she may grow to love it again. Vanessa reckons with letting a toxic enemy near her dearest friend.

Additionally, we get some guidance from Professor Stephanie Paulsell at Harvard Divinity School, and our next writing assignment from writer’s-block-busting, #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.

Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com
Next week: More love advice and a conversation with your new best friend and cultural critic Margaret H. Willison.






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Jul 30, 2019
Dump Him: Alyssa Cole
00:28:31
Haven't finished the first writing assignment? No problem! We know writing takes time, so you'll have two weeks for each of Julia Quinn's assignments. In the meantime, Vanessa and her friend Julia Argy will buy you some time and turn to Reddit romance questions to offer their unsolicited (but solid) dating advice. This week’s advice? Dump Him.

As Vanessa and Julia consider how power and money work negatively in real dating relationships, Vanessa turns to award-winning romance novelist Alyssa Cole to explore why it is she likes the power imbalances in Cole’s love stories - as well as feminism, bailing on dates, and the restorative pleasure of masseuses on planes.   

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Jul 23, 2019
Justice for Dragons
00:47:08
Vanessa Zoltan thinks that happy endings are the best part of romance novels. Bryce Gilfillian is writing his first romance novel and refuses to write a happy ending.
This week on Hot and Bothered, we explore the trope of “Updated Fairytale.” Bryce sets out to write the gay fairytale he never had growing up. Meanwhile, Vanessa wrestles with her own princes, witches, and dragons.
Along the way we get a little help from Professor of Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, Maria Tatar, and receive our first writing assignment from our own fairy godmother, #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.
Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com
Next week: Love advice and a conversation with award-winning romance novelist, Alyssa Cole.








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Jul 16, 2019
A Heartfelt Valentine
00:05:37

Here is an Anti-Valentine from Vanessa and Ariana.

All 20 episodes of Hot & Bothered will be launching weekly, on Tuesdays, starting May 21st. In the meantime, we wanted to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day. Really! Happy Valentine’s Day! Or at least, happy Emma’s birthday.

Feb 14, 2019
Preview: I Have Two Theories
00:06:23

A closer look at Season One of Hot & Bothered, coming early 2019.

Oct 31, 2018
Hot & Bothered Trailer
00:01:28
Romance novels are the publishing industry’s dirty little secret. They make up 34% of the U.S. fiction market, yet there's still so much stigma around reading them. Join Vanessa Zoltan in October 2018 as she investigates the joyful, feminist, sacred space of the Romance genre. Every episode, Vanessa challenges one of her friends to write their first romance novel. With the help of N.Y. Times Best Selling Novelist Julia Quinn, we'll be falling in love again and again. 
Feb 27, 2018