Death in Fiction: Benny n’ Barb

Welcome back to the Player’s Guide.

This week Jackson and Daniel get a little somber as they discuss death in fiction. Death is a powerful narrative tool, one that can be used very badly or very well. As you would expect from such a heavy topic, your hosts have a lot to say.

Beware – spoilers are especially heavy this episode. If you hear the name of a franchise brought up and aren’t fully caught up, maybe fast forward a little.

But make sure you don’t miss the recommendations:

This week you should play Pokemon Sun and Moon

This week you should read Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen


Redemption Arcs: Ghost Hijinks

Hello again!

We apologize for the delay in this week’s posting. The harsh realities of adult life prevented the podcast from going up this weekend. We hope you can forgive us.

This week, Jackson and Daniel are joined by Shelby to discuss redemption arcs in fiction. The idea of a troubled character overcoming their flaws to become a better person is common in fictitious works. While the story is so ubiquitous, it can be difficult to tell well – and any difficult-to-tell story is ripe soil for discussion.

There are also recommendations:

This week you should watch High-Rise

This week you should listen to Last Podcast on the Left

Momodora Reverie Under the Moonlight

Tolkien: Sobbing Quietly Into Tea

It’s that time again! This week, we take advantage of having our good friend Maureen in town and use her knowledge of JRR Tolkien to talk about him and his influence on the genre of fantasy. This is, of course, because of the recent release of The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug. If you enjoy fantasy, this is the ‘cast for you.

Maureen does some other cool things, and you can see them here: