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    From podcasting to writing a New York Times Bestselling memoir - the evolution of My Favorite Murder

    Detail the history of the extremely popular true crime comedy podcast My Favorite Murder, from their inception to their recent book release titled Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered. Are we living in a "new era of true crime fascination," as some have suggested? Research the global response of the podcast resulting in millions of "murderinos," and avid listeners. Does the success of My Favorite Murder suggest that interest in true crime is more common than previously thought? Is this interest healthy? Are Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the show’s hosts, honoring the victims of the stories they recount? Does My Favorite Murder glorify violent crime? Touch on the titles of the chapters in the memoir, each corresponding to a catchphrase one of the women have coined during the taping of their show over the past four years. Does Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered qualify as a "self-help" book? Is their path to success unprecedented and representative of the digital age?

    • By what metric can it be argued that we are living in (as you put it) a "new era of true crime fascination"? One need only look at lurid newspaper headlines from the early years of the last century, or recall the long-held policy of TV news programs ("If it bleeds, it leads"); the fascination with true crime stories is nothing new, though the popularity of these true crime podcasts is worth a critical examination of the way they depict their subjects and what that says about us. – John Wilson 12 months ago
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    Good article! I wish you touched on when literature is banned for non-content reasons, such as authorship scandal. An interesting example of this is when political memoirs and propaganda are written and banned (the most famous example likely being Adolf Hitler’s Mean Kampf which was banned for many years in Germany and other countries). Could be an interesting follow-up article!

    Why Books Shouldn't Be Banned

    This is such an important topic that needs more attention! As a film student, I do not think this is acknowledged enough and the next generation of filmmakers cannot continue to write romance this way. Firstly because it’s morally wrong, and secondly because audience are increasingly more aware and less tolerate of sexism in film. It is starting to be seen as a “make or break” element to all media, the way something is considered socially “unwatchable” to an increasingly large population if there are racist under/overtones. It is a new world out there and everyone needs to get with the times. Thank you writing this article and brining awareness to this issue!

    The Dark Side of Romance in Movies

    This is fascinating to me and I am awestruck that I’ve never heard of this man or style of work before. I love horror films and niche/macabre literature and I’ve never seen anything quite like this. It is reminiscent of a HR Giger’s art, but is far more accessible and narrative. I love it and really enjoyed this article! Great work, very well researched!

    The Horrifying Appeal of Junji Ito