The 14th of February is coming in just a few hours and as people go to flowers & chocolate shops (or order them online ‘cause you know) to celebrate love, here I am single and listening to podcasts, not as alone as the celebration might make me look.
On Valentine's day we get too focused in celebrating just 1 kind of love: heteromantic / sexual that we sort of forget about the others. That’s why you should listen to Love and Luck:
“Love and Luck is a fictional radio play podcast, told via voicemails and set in present day Melbourne, Australia. A slice of life queer romance story with a touch of magic, it follows the relationship between two men, Jason and Kane, as their love grows both for each other and their community.” (loveandluckpodcast.com)
Even if the first episodes center around the development of the romantic relationship between the two leads, as we progress further into the story the love the podcast portrays turns into different shades and shapes: Self-love, familial (blood or chosen), friendships, polyamory, metamour’s relationships, pets and pet parents, even one that transcends space and time. We’re given the whole feast!
That being said, the creators -being queer themselves- do not shy away from talking about the ugly aspects that come from being so. However, the emphasis is always on how through community and the magic of friendship (quite literally) people are able to overcome the obstacles, albeit slowly and maybe scarred for life.
The episodes vary 5-20 minutes with the longest being 54 minutes -since it’s the final episode- .
It’s a love story told through voicemails left by various characters not only to justify the audio format but as a love language between the two leads organically built because of their different sleeping schedules and later co-opted by their friends and family. If you are one for epistolary stories or are trying to write one, this podcast might be a great case study.
The magic aspect is also greatly explored, episodes are spent on the characters rambling about how it works, making fun experiments and debating over the ethics of magical use. Ending up with a fresh but in hind-sight obvious approach: magic is just another tool which you can or not use to harm or do better. The rules of the magic system are therefore more like suggestions.
In the end it will be my go-to comfort media when my grandparents start bothering me about my love-life. You can listen to Love and Luck wherever you get your podcasts (Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, their website, etc.)
Ari Ochoa Petzol
is a Mexican-Venezuelan bi genderfluid writer. They like dancing to old music and history. In their free time you can find xem trying to coerce their friends to participate in another of their crazy projects.
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