Say It Out Loud: TwiHard Recovery Club

Say It Out Loud: TwiHard Recovery Club

This podcast bites. It sucks too. Sixteen years after the release of the ground-breaking YA romance novel, Twilight, two former TwiHards, Jena and Alyssa, consider what made us go rabid over a sparkly-skinned Victorian boy named Edward. We consider not only the impact of Twilight on our culture at large, but its influence on our tween upbringings and whether or not Edward and Bella might have set us up to seek out toxic relationships. Follow our ramblings on Twitter: @sayitoutloudpod

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July 21, 2022 52 min
THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR US IN BEST OF MADISON.

Twilight star, Ashley Greene, has joined the playing field, and we might be on the losing side. Her new podcast, The Twilight Effect brings a behind-the-scenes look at how the movies were made and what it was like being in the center of the universe–or just left of center. Is there enough room for the both of us, or should someone hit the road? We give you our full review of The Twili...
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WE’RE NOMINATED FOR BEST OF MADISON! If you enjoy the podcast, we’d appreciate if you could vote for us as Best Local Podcast here: https://www.channel3000.com/best-of-madison-2022/

The Volturi are the lawmaking and enforcing body in Meyer’s vampire world. In many ways, they ensure that vampires stay safe and out of sight from humans. But concurrent with protection, they also keep a strict reign over vampires worldwide–locking down ...
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In the darkest winter days, one soundtrack reigns supreme as the ultimate depression album: the New Moon soundtrack. Brimming with sorrow, heartbreak and distorted guitar, the second film’s musical companion was attempting a sound not yet well-understood by our tween ears; and yet, it would become perhaps one of the most important influences into our modern music taste. Join us to take on our second soundtrack review, where we take...
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December 28, 2021 15 min
In this week's bonus episode, we take on the self-titled, "Most Difficult Twilight Quiz of 2020," and test our TwiHard knowledge, while our friends, Josh and Rachel, try to cheat in the background.

Take the quiz with us: https://www.buzzfeed.com/isabeldaly/impossible-twilight-quiz?fbclid=IwAR3xDy8Ie9SNjVgDCFWHMcQXRyz6MQ3-3OSImX7uLVdMN5wfrpgbOgczBcw
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December 21, 2021 33 min
After a brief break, we return inspired by J-14, Tiger Beat, and Seventeen magazines, where celebrities’ faces were collaged together between headlines promising celeb drama and romance quizzes. It’s the pop culture episode, where we’ll dive into the spicy details of #Robsten and figure out if we’re more werewolf or vampire.

Want to take the personality quizzes with us? Links:
Which Twilight Character Are You? https://www.theguardia...
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November 2, 2021 65 min
In all the Romeo and Juliet drama of the Twilight saga, we never forget that wolves and vampires just aren’t meant to co-exist. But do the tensions between these groups mirror something darker and more real than just mythological rivalry? When the characterization of our creatures comes down to skin descriptions, we have to wonder, is Twilight racist?
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October 19, 2021 53 min
We’ve finally finished Midnight Sun, and we have thoughts. Edward’s re-telling of Twilight adds a girthy 160 pages to the original plot of book one, and so much of it feels like deja vu. We gain some perspective into characters, get deeper looks at plot points and get inside Edward’s head, but is Midnight Sun actually a necessary addition to the Twilight universe?
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October 5, 2021 17 min
We interrupt your normal programming with a quick true crime tale! We're a bit behind schedule, but we'll be back to normal in the coming weeks. Instead, hang out with us for a short episode on the UK's Twilight Killers, a pair of 14-year-olds who committed ruthless murders, then sat down to watch Twilight together. Get updates by following our Twitter: @sayitoutloudpod
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If there’s one thing about Twilight that holds up years later, it’s the soundtracks. The emo-pop and grunge-rock-love songs in the first movie permanently changed our music taste (“It’s not a phase mom!”) for the better. On our less-than-formal review of the Twilight soundtrack, we go track-by-track and debate if any soundtrack has ever had the groundbreaking impact as Twilight’s.
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We return to part 2 to ask, how do we comprehend the issues behind Bella and Edward’s relationship? Rhea Lyons, LMFT and owner of Yahara Healing and Psychotherapy, helps us break down the warning signs in their relationship and even some of our own. Part 2 of 2.

Check out Rhea: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/rhea-j-lyons-madison-wi/878938
Learn more about Yahara here: https://yaharahealing.com/
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Are Bella and Edward the romance we should aspire to have, or are they a warning sign for what to avoid? Rhea Lyons, LMFT and owner of Yahara Healing and Psychotherapy, joins us to give her professional insight on how to assess their imbalances. Part 1 of 2, next episode 9/7.

Check out Rhea: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/rhea-j-lyons-madison-wi/878938
Learn more about Yahara here: https://yaharahealing.com/
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August 17, 2021 39 min
We know she's not perfect, but is Bella Swan downright toxic? Could we be friends with her? How do we interpret her situationship with Jacob? We reflect on our former idealization of Bella's character and why her downfalls impact the way we view her now as a main character.
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August 3, 2021 30 min
Alyssa and Jena trace back to their Twilight roots, digging up early TwiHard experiences as young tweens and explaining what made them fall out of love with the sexy yet mostly sexless vampire franchise. But the real question is--what keeps them coming back sixteen years later?
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If you spent late nights reading the Twilight novels or dreaming of a life in which you're a sparkly-skinned bloodsucker, you might be a recovering TwiHard. Join us as we venture into the impact of Twilight on our young years and how those lessons affect us today.
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