Ep #119


This week Danielle hosts the podcast with guest Sharonda and we’re discussing romance retellings in Black Romance


> DANIELLE (she/her) is the voice behind LoveReadListen.com where she writes about her adventures in reading romance, YA, and audiobooks. Danie has a passion for promoting Black Romance and can’t wait to share her favorites with you. When she’s not reading, Danie enjoys anime, cartoons, and hip-hop. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @DanieReads


> SHARONDA ISADORA (she/her) is a red wine drinking, forever-loving book-reader who loves romance. Visit her blog at http://www.brazenbabereviews.com/ or follow her on Twitter @BBrReviews and Instagram @BrazenBabeReviews


> Title: Pride

Author: Ibi Zoboi

Relation to theme: Pride & Prejudice retelling

Representation: Black author, Haitian-Dominican MC, black MC

Content Warnings: mentions of revenge porn

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35068632-pride

NOTE: This book was also discussed in RBP ep #117

> Danielle highly recommends the audiobook for Pride narrated by fellow author Elizabeth Acevedo

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36589831-pride

> Title: Wonder

Author: Christina C. Jones

Relation to theme: Alice in Wonderland retelling

Representation: Black author, black MCs

Content Warnings: kidnapping, violence and abuse, dystopian world

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43688305-wonder

> Custom artwork for Wonder from Christina C. Jones’ Facebook page, featuring (top row, from left) Alyson, Ruby, Maddox, (bottom row, from left) Dee and Dem, Ches, Blue

Link: https://tinyurl.com/sswkp45

> Title: Falling for a Knight (The Wild Knights #1)

Author: Te Russ

Relation to theme: Cinderella retelling

Representation: Black author, black MCs

Content Warnings: emotional abuse

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46062422-falling-for-a-knight

> Danielle & Sharonda chat about original Grimm’s fairytales including the Fisherman and His Wife

Link: https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm019.html

> Title: Mistress to the Beast (Urban Fairytales #1)

Author: Eve Vaughn

Relation to theme: Beauty and the Beast retelling

Representation: Black author, black MC, white MC

Content Warnings: blackmail, anger issues, bondage, scarred after car accident

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6390134-mistress-to-the-beast

> Title: Power (An Urban Fairytale)

Author: Bella Jay

Relation to theme: Inspired by Aladdin

Representation: Black author, black MCs

Content Warnings: crime, violence

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42605827-power

> Danielle compares the Aladdin character Jafar to Stringer Bell from the HBO drama The Wire, as both are trusted advisers to powerful leaders but also hold their own agendas

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stringer_Bell

Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0306414/

> Sharonda references the movie Black Dynamite (2009)

Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1190536

> Do you have #BlackRomance retelling recommendations for Danielle? Tag us @RomBkPod on Twitter or Instagram and send them our way!

Happy Reading!


Music: “Lift Off” by Jahzzar

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