Episode 21: Geeking Out About Robin Hobb: Fantasy That Represents – LGBTQ+, Gender Roles, Classism, + More
Get your high fantasy on with Geek Herring as we talk all about our love and respect for Robin Hobb and her 16 book epic, The Realm of the Elderlings. The reasons we truly adore these books might surprise you: they’re full of gender bending characters, moral decisions, LGBTQ+ themes, and challenging stereotypes. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the books yet – the first 45 minutes of this saga of an episode are completely SPOILER FREE.
In this emotionally charged episode of Geek Herring, we’re getting down and critical with a fantasy series spanning more than two decades. With overarching themes of acceptance, representation, classism, racism, duty, and prejudice, Hobb has created a masterpiece that will challenge your beliefs.
Open up to this medieval fantasy world and experience the LGBTQ+ topics, strong, evolving, and gender bending characters, and all the awesome female role models you could ever want in a book.
After the 45 minute mark with a SUPER OBVIOUS SPOILER WARNING, we head into the nitty gritty of the plot. Hear Amanda get all super choked up, Monika get riled up over paternal duties, and both geek out over how much they love this story.
Have you read The Realm of the Elderlings books? If not – after listening to this show, are you definitely going to!? What do you think about the relationship between Fitz and the Fool?
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Read all of Robin Hobb’s books for yourself on Amazon!
The Farseer Triology
- Assassin’s Apprentice Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
- Royal Assassin Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
- Assassin’s Quest Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
The Liveship Traders Trilogy
- Ship of Magic Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE Part 1 | Amazon DE Part 2
- The Mad Ship Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE Part 1 | Amazon DE Part 2
- Ship of Destiny Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE Part 1 | Amazon DE Part 2
The Tawny Man Trilogy
- Fool’s Errand Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
- The Golden Fool Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
- Fool’s Fate Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
The Rain Wild Chronicles
- Dragon Keeper Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
- Dragon Haven Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
- City of Dragons Amazon US | Amazon UK
- Blood of Dragons Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy
- Fool’s Assassin Amazon US | Amazon UK
- Fool’s Quest Amazon US | Amazon UK
- Assassin’s Fate Amazon US | Amazon UK
If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!
- Geek Girl Reviews: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs
- Geek Girl Rant: Gendered Clothes & Geeky Merch
- Geek Characters: Badass Witches of Harry Potter
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