Jodi McAlister is an author and academic. In her author life, her latest books are Libby Lawrence Is Good At Pretending, a campus rom-com about theatre kids with too many emotions, and Here for the Right Reasons, playing with reality TV tropes. As an academic, she researches romantic love and popular culture and is a Senior Lecturer in Writing, Literature and Culture at Deakin University.
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Caitlin recommends: The Summer I Turned Pretty (TV series)
A frivolous and fun YA rom-com that feels really nostalgic of YA from the 2010s.
Michelle recommends: All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O'Donohue
Queer witchy YA. Need we say more? Okay then, tarot cards and a missing girl. Enjoy!
In this interview, we chat about:
Jodi's experience as a theatre kid and why it's made her the writer she is today (while also heavily influencing Libby Lawrence is Good at Pretending)
Why Jodi chose to explore Much Ado About Nothing in the novel
Switching between paranormal and contemporary genres and how the writing informs each project
Jodi's new adult novel, Here for the Right Reasons, which is set on a season of (a show that's definitely not) The Bachelor
What's it like to study popular culture academically?
How the stories we tell about love affect the way we think about love in reality
Jodi's research into virginity loss representation in the media
The rise and fall of New Adult and where we go next
Books and other things mentioned:
The Appeal by Janice Hallett
Unreal: A Critical History of Reality TV (podcast)