Introducing “Worlds Beyond Words,” A Podcast + Episode #1: Strong Female Characters

Hello, dear friends! How’s it going? I hope you are well and, if not, I hope brighter days head your way soon. Today I have an exciting new(ish) endeavor for me: a podcast by yours truly!

Admittedly, this isn’t my first attempt at podcasting. A couple of years ago, I took a stab at it but couldn’t find a distributor that I liked. This time, though, I’m using Anchor to distribute the podcast through Spotify! Anyhoo, enough boring logistics talk; let’s get to the good stuff! My all-new podcast is called Worlds Beyond Words and in it I aim to discuss books and their anthropological, sociological, and psychological effects on us humans, both as a collective and as individuals. I’llbe posting episodes once a month via Spotify.

I’m so excited for this new endeavor and I’m so happy to share it with y’all! I have so many thoughts and I’ve always been a big talker, so podcasting has been somethingI’ve wanted to really try for a long time.

I will admit: this first episode is a bit shakey in regards to quality. I’m still learning the ropes of podcasting and I left this episode virtually unedited, so bare with me for all the “ums” and “uhs” that I left in.

In the wake of the recent news about the US Supreme Court’s likely decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, I decided to tackle the topic of “strong female characters.” So, without any further ado, I’m pleased to present to you Episode #1 of Worlds Beyond Words!


Lila unpacks her feelings about stereotypical “strong female characters” in literature and what that really means. She also discusses the kind of female representation she’d like to see and dives into female characters she identifies with.


  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

spill the beans, friends!

  • What are your thoughts on “strong female characters”?
  • Who are some female characters you relate to and why?
  • What are your thoughts on the current state of female representation in literature?
  • How do you think femal representation in literature affects us both as individuals and as a society?

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Lila is a 27-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

2 thoughts on “Introducing “Worlds Beyond Words,” A Podcast + Episode #1: Strong Female Characters

  1. So exciting! Congrats on the podcast Lila, very excited to take a listen! 🥳💕 This reminded me I’ve taken a hiatus on my own podcast, but I’d love to get back to it. If you ever want a guest, consider me available would love to chat with you about bookish topics!! 😅 I personally feel like that term has been over-used to make characters personality be just “physically strong” and “snarky” at some points in literature, which made me feel like a lot of female characters lacked a bigger variety of traits or exploration of other types of characters if that makes sense?? am rambling but I think your topic of “strong female characters” is such a great topic to discuss!

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