Fantastic Fangirls Podcast 2.3: Comfort Media

To kick off the new year, Caroline, Sigrid, and Ali got together to talk about the things they watch — and read, and listen to — when they’re looking for a little comfort, reassurance, or inspiration. Topics we touched on included The Vorkosigan Saga, the Buffy musical, and a certain movie about a certain princess and her dread pirate who just can’t bring himself to stay dead while true love is waiting.

We weigh the merits of comedy and action flicks for getting us through the tough times, touch on the dangers of taking your favorite books to an isolated house in the mountains, and wonder if it’s possible to listen to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. (Spoiler: Yes.)

In the comments, we invite you to talk about your own philosophies of comfort media. What are the texts and tunes that you turn to, time and time again?

  • Anika

    There are a lot of things that I would consider comfort media and the concept of resilience is a pervasive theme or thread throughout the list. If I had to choose one title I’d go with Ridley Scott’s Hannibal, my “feel good” movie. While listening to your conversations I looked up when it came out — 2001 was a notably difficult year for me, so that’s interesting. As for why, at the very end Hannibal says this:

    …would they have you back, you think? The FBI? Those people you despise almost as much as they despise you. Would they give you a medal, Clarice, do you think? Would you have it professionally framed and hang it on your wall to look at and remind you of your courage and incorruptibility? All you would need for that, Clarice, is a mirror.

    It’s not the only quote that resonates but it’s the one that says it most clearly. I’ve read the books, too. Both Starling books would count as comfort for me, and the earlier film, but none as much as this one. In a way, it is my mirror.

    As an aside I am pretty sure I love the first Spider-Girl series, with Mayday, as much because the first issue I read reminded me of Hannibal & Clarice as because she’s Peter’s kid.

  • DaveCarr

    Oh man. The things I most treasure as comfort fiction are the things I initially dismissed and then, over time, learned to love: Morrissey, Bruce Springsteen, Margret Atwood , Charles Dickens.

    I reread The Amazing Adeventures of Kavalier and Clay at least one a year, and Silverlock By John Meyers Meyers. Music is the thing for me. I’ll start out hating something, then force myself to listen to it so I can better clarify why I hate it, and then I’ll usually end up finding things to like if not love.

    I’m not sure if that answers the question, really

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