We’re sorry (and we love you)

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
    Ferngully
  • 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

 

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