Jackson and Daniel are back with another episode of Player’s Guide. This week they are talking about gods in fiction – especially fantasy. There are not many features of the genre that blur the line between whole-cloth creation and adapted myth to the same degree as deities. And with religion and faith being alive and well in the real world, playing with the idea of gods is a great way to create vivid and incisive commentary.
In addition to diving into this rather meaty (so much meat that there will be a second part) topic, your hosts also bust out the recommendations:
This week you should read The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin
This week you should play Nier: Automata and the other games created and influenced by Yoko Taro
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
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
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: