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February 27th, 2019

There's no new storytelling podcast episode. Why not? Allow us to explain. We also answer some of your questions in this shorter episode.

Originality in storytelling

February 17th, 2019

What is originality? Why do storytellers pursue it? Was Avatar really just Pocahontas in Space? Was A.I. just Pinocchio in the future? Was The Shawshank Redemption really about Jesus? Can we go one episode without mentioning Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson or The Hunger Games? Why are there so many werebear romance novels? When will we stop asking questions?

Find out in this completely original new episode, not based on anything and utterly copyrighted by us.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Avatar
  • Pocahontas
  • Dances With Wolves
  • The Last Samurai
  • Dune
  • A.I.
  • Star Wars
  • The Hunger Games
  • Fantastic Beasts
  • Ulysses
  • E.T.
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Up
  • Jumanji
  • Zathura
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Shadowlands
  • The X-Files
  • Cowboys v. Aliens
  • The Sword of Truth
  • Game of Thrones
  • Nobody's Boy
  • Witch Hunter
  • Solomon Kane
  • The Will of the Woods
  • The Village
  • The Dark Crystal
  • The Neverending Story
  • Legend

People mentioned in this episode:

  • James Cameron
  • James Horner
  • George Lucas
  • Suzanne Collins
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • James Joyce
  • Jack Ward
  • Terry Goodkind
  • George R.R. Martin
  • Hector Malot
  • Robert E. Howard
  • Alan Lee
  • Brian Froud
  • Don Bluth


FEAR in storytelling

February 11th, 2019

Fear is the mind-killer, but it's also an essential part of storytelling. So face your fears with us as we explore what haunts the darkest dreams of characters and audiences and why. We delve into a world of madness, trauma, anguish and terror. We also drink tea and talk about The Lion King.

Mentioned in this podcast:

  • The Time Machine
  • The Secret of NIMH
  • The Hunger Games
  • Hamlet
  • Dragonheart
  • World War Z
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Death Becomes Her
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Arachnophobia
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • Jaws
  • The Birds
  • Vertigo
  • It
  • Alien
  • Hard Times
  • Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde
  • The Hulk
  • X-Men
  • Twilight
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Keeping Up Appearances
  • The Lion King
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • The Will of the Woods
  • Doctor Who
  • The Hobbit
  • Great Expectations
  • Beautiful Boy
  • How To Train Your Dragon
  • Avatar
  • Dune
  • 300

People mentioned:

  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Margaret Weis
  • Tracy Hickman
  • Jim Carrey
  • Steven Spielberg
  • William Shakespeare
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Anne Rice
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Charles Dickens

The Sidekick

February 3rd, 2019

If you've got someone by your side whom you can kick, then you've got a sidekick. Sounds like fun! So in this episode, Eline and Domien explore some of the famous sidekicks throughout storytelling history, what types of sidekicks there are and how they function in a plot. We talk about henchmen, volleyballs, passive-aggressive space aliens and there's some gushing over The Lord of the Rings. So sit back and enjoy the ride!

Sidekicks mentioned:

  • Sancho Panza
  • Doctor Watson
  • Snowy
  • Robin
  • Samwise Gamgee
  • Obélix
  • Mr. Spock
  • Chewbacca
  • Jar-Jar Binks
  • C-3PO
  • R2D2
  • Luigi
  • Princess Peach
  • Harley Quin
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Pikachu
  • Syndrome
  • Kif
  • Waylon Smithers
  • Navi
  • Muchu
  • Abu
  • Rajah
  • Pascal
  • Mini-Me
  • Patrick Star
  • Wilson
  • Donkey
  • Dory
  • Ron
  • Hermione
  • Crabb & Goyle
  • Iago
  • Diego
  • Merlin
  • Folkrin
  • Rudolf Bauknecht
  • Captain Elsenbach

Types we've identified:

  • Fairy companion
  • Kid sidekick
  • Coward
  • Animal companion
  • Comic relief
  • Conscience
  • Henchman
  • Assistant
  • Apprentice

Roles for a sidekick:

  • Providing cynical commentary
  • Giving pep-talks to the hero(ine)
  • Becoming the future villain
  • Getting rescued by the hero(ine)
  • Screwing everything up so the hero(ine) can fix it
  • Being the loyal friend
  • Providing a useful skill
  • Speaking for the audience
  • Having someone to explain the plot or the lore to
  • Providind a viewpoint perspective on the main character


Common storytelling mistakes

January 26th, 2019

In this episode, we LITERALLY explode talking about common writing mistakes and we beat outselves up over our own flaws and neurotic compulsions.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • Frasier
  • Futurama
  • Rosetta
  • The Big Lebowski
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun
  • The Name of the Wind
  • The Lightning Thief
  • Septymus Heap
  • Castaway
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen
  • The Stormlight Archive
  • Mistborn
  • Merlin
  • Star Wars
  • Doctor Who
  • The Giver
  • The Hobbit

People mentioned in this episode:

  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Patrick Rothfuss
  • Steven Erikson
  • Lois Lowry
  • J.K. Rowling

Storytelling Point of View (part 2 of 2)

January 17th, 2019

Last week we discussed points of view of narration in novels. This week, we talk about point of view as it is used in video games and movies, where the camera takes on much the same role as the narrator in a book. We also talk about audio drama. Oh, and we almost get a divorce during this episode. By the way, if you don't play video games, you may want to skip to about 14 minutes into the podcast. 


Mentioned in this episode:

Wolfenstein 3D
Lara Croft
Baldur's Gate
Knights of the Old Republic
Kingdoms of Amalur
Dragon Age
Mass Effect
The Witcher
Steven Spielberg
The New World
The Strangers
Amélie Poulain
The Fairy Tree
The Owlfield
Camera Panda

Storytelling Point of View (part 1 of 2)

January 12th, 2019

"I remember it like it was yesterday..." or "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away?"

There are very different ways to tell a story and viewpoint is one of those technical things in writing that can have a huge impact even though the audience doesn't necessarily pay much attention to them. In this first part of our conversation, we explore the various viewpoints used in written fiction. Why use any one of these over the others? What makes them unique?


  • 3rd person omniscient
  • 3rd person limited
  • 2nd person (choose your own adventure)
  • 1st person reflective
  • 1st person camera


Works mentioned in this episode:

  • Narnia
  • Harry Potter
  • The Wheel of Time
  • Dune
  • The Stormlight Archive
  • Moby Dick
  • Dracula
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Sixth Sense
  • The Lovely Bones
  • The Reckoners Trilogy
  • The Love Tree
  • How I Met Your Mother


People mentioned in this episode:

  • C.S. Lewis
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Suzanne Collins
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Robert Jordan
  • Frank Herbert
  • Dan Brown
  • Jos Vanderloo

Adaptations in storytelling - Storytelling podcast #9

December 13th, 2018

Every medium has its own strengths and weaknesses to tell certain kinds of stories. In this episode, we discuss how adaptations into a different medium can work, how you could make a Tetris movie work and why Peter Jackson has to make the Witch Hunter movie.

WARNING: there is an overabundance of The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit in this episode.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • The Lord of the Rings (a LOT)
  • The Hobbit (also a LOT)
  • The Lego Movie
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Dune
  • Arrival
  • The Name of the Rose
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Shining
  • The Mist
  • Star Wars
  • Tomb Raider
  • Silent Hill
  • Warcraft
  • Knights of the Old Republic
  • Mass Effect
  • Skyrim
  • Diablo
  • Tetris
  • Batman
  • Man of Steel
  • War of the Worlds
  • Harry Potter
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

The hero in storytelling - Storytelling podcast #8

December 6th, 2018

Frodo Baggins, Superman, Luke Skywalker... Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but what is the defining characteristic that binds them? In this episode, we get into that topic and also go on a bit of a tangent about Belgian comic book characters and how they are massively different from American ones. Listen to find out why Eline didn't like the ending to The Dark Knight and what Domien's favourite female fictional character is.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Superman
  • Batman
  • The Hulk
  • Spider-man
  • Aquaman
  • Wolverine
  • Thor
  • The Lord of the Rings (like in every episode)
  • The Hobbit
  • Star Wars
  • Suske & Wiske
  • Jommeke
  • The Secret of N.I.M.H
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • The X-Files
  • The Will of the Woods
  • Witch Hunter
  • Avatar
  • Dances With Wolves
  • Hercules
  • Achilles



Prophecy & Destiny - Storytelling podcast #7

November 29th, 2018

Since the ancient days, it has been foretold that we would do this episode. We talk about the role of prophecy and destiny in storytelling, which turns out to be huge. We also spoil the ending of almost every movie ever made. Get cozy with a nice cup of tea and an apocalyptic vision of impending doom and enjoy the Audio Epics Storytelling Podcast with Domien and Eline!

Movies/shows/books/games mentioned in this episode:

  • The Matrix
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Harry Potter
  • Smallville
  • Merlin
  • Dune
  • Maleficent
  • The Smurfs
  • The Terminator
  • Doctor Who
  • About Time
  • Final Destination
  • The Time Machine
  • Minority Report
  • King Kong
  • Superman
  • The Planet of the Apes
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Titanic
  • The Hunger Games

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