Melody and Julia from Romance Podden, a Swedish language podcast about romance— the biggest romance fiction podcast in northern Europe! First, Sarah embarrasses herself with rudimentary Swedish conversation. The interview starts with a discussion of languages, wherein we hear from Julia and then, a few minutes in, we’re joined by Melody from Romance Podden. We discuss romance in Sweden, specifically the romances that have been published in Swedish, and how those books and the reputation of romance in general has been changing. They both touch on how social policy in Sweden affects the performance of romance tropes in Swedish romance vs. American romance. We also talk about how they discovered romance fiction, and (of course) some of their favorite books.
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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:
Links! Here are some!
- You can find Romance Podden on their website, and wherever you find your podcasts.
- You may also be able to learn a language through your local library through software like Mango, which I used for my extremely elementary Swedish.
- Scandinavia and the World – a webcomic I love and have read from the beginning several times.
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This Episode’s Music
Our music is provided each week by Sassy Outwater, whom you can find on Twitter @SassyOutwater.
This is from Caravan Palace, and the track is called “Lazy Place.”
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