Bonfire by Krysten Ritter & What We Can Learn from Actors Who Write!

Bonfire by Krysten RitterToday I’m talking about a fiery psychological thriller, Bonfire by Krysten Ritter. I’m not just excited to talk about the plot; I’m also stoked (get it?) to discuss her creative process and some surprising things we can learn from actors who are authors. Additionally, I’m touching on something that’s sparked my attention lately: how books like Gone Girl, The Woman in the Window, Sharp Objects, and Bonfire are either fanning the flames of the dead girl trope or burning it down. As usual, you can find Plotboilers on iTunes, Spotify, or right here on the Plotboilers website. Additionally, I love getting reviews and ratings on iTunes, so toss a few (or five?) stars my direction!

Books mentioned in this episode:

  • Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Book Review of Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Beartown Book Cover Fredrik Backman is a Swedish writer best known for his books (A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, etc.) Today, I’m talking about one of his most recent works “Beartown,” a book that focuses on a small town’s relationship with ice hockey and the interwoven lives of the people who live there. Spoiler alert: I think this book is great, and I hope you do too. There are a ton of themes and ideas that come up in Beartown, but the one I’m most excited to discuss is loyalty. Is loyalty always a good thing? What happens when we misplace it? These are the questions Backman asks in the Beartown narrative – and just a few of the ones he answers as well.

Books mentioned in this episode:

  • Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  • Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman