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64. Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy

Ahoy there, coven! Today we’re discussing Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy, a book about a nerdy suburban teen who can fly. After Faith’s all-time favorite show The Grove moves filming to her small town, a spate of human and other-than-human disappearances starts, and Faith is determined to get to the bottom of things. Chaos does indeed ensue! 

This book was recommended to us by someone on Instagram a while back. So if that was you, let us know so we can give you credit 🙂 If memory serves, this person mentioned wanting to see more books with fat representation. 

Just so you know, around 27:30 we talk briefly about renowned TERF-turd she-who-shall-not-be-named (JKR) in the context of using fandoms as inter-texts for world building. Take care of yourselves and feel free to skip past this section.

  • Recommend if you like…
    • Anything to do with fandom, so many of them got a mention in the book
    • Ship It by Britta Lundin (which we reviewed waaaay back in episode 3!)
    • Any comic book superhero things
    • The Bright Sessions podcast and/or The Infinite Noise and subsequent books by Lauren Shippen
    • Riverdale – comics or the first few seasons of the tv show before things went really off the rails lol
  • Here’s a whole scholarly article from a law and criminology journal that explains the phenomenon known as “missing white woman syndrome”
  • The sequel, Faith: Greater Heights is already out!
  • In doing some research while editing this episode, I found out that this series is based on the Zephyr comic book hero from the company Valiant Entertainment. There’s so many comics starring Faith – check them out here!
  • Here’s a whole CodeSwitch episode about the historical origins of the phrase “cake walk” – which, as we discuss in the episode, harkens back to the time of chattel slavery. I interrupt this kind of language with “did you know??” and then infodump. Personally don’t say “rule of thumb” either (reference to legal spousal abuse)
  • Stay tuned ’til the end to hear us discuss our celebrity crushes! It’s only fair since Faith basically starts dating hers in the book

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