Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week.
Given its popularity, you’ve likely encountered the media genre dubbed “true crime.” The name speaks for itself. Gory, vicious accounts of non-fiction crimes are recounted and dramatized for our education, and yes, entertainment. From podcasts to TikToks to docu-series, true crime proves its place as a mainstay in our cultural consciousness. But what might our obsession with true crime say about us? What happens when we look deeper? This weekend’s recs are for true crime fans and interested outsiders alike.
If you have 32 seconds…and you want to get on True CrimeTok, watch this TikTok that pokes fun at some of true crime’s staples. Every genre has its cliches, and for true crime, the “small town where crime never happens” is a consistent backdrop.
If you have 3 minutes…and are looking for a laugh, watch this SNL skit that pokes fun at our obsession with true crime. If you’re the designated true crime friend, this one is for you.
If you have 15 minutes…and want to learn more about the true crime genre and some of the questions and concerns it raises, read this article in The Ringer. Even if you’re a seasoned true crime audience member, it raises some good points and might help you become a more mindful consumer.
If you have 43 minutes…and are looking for a more ethical, guilt-free true crime podcast that aims to tackles some of the ethical concerns the true crime genre brings up, listen to this episode of the Truer Crime podcast. This one focuses on the Samuel Little case, but I highly recommend the entire series.
Bonus: if you want to learn more about the creator of Truer Crime, Celisia Stanton, and some of the issues the podcast aims to avoid, read this interview with Mashable.
If you have 12 hours…and want to binge-watch a new true crime docu-series, watch A Kidnapping Scandal: The Florence Cassez Scandal, which details a Mexican case that involves accounts of kidnapping, organized crime, corruption, and controversy. It’s truly a wild ride.
Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.