John Gwynne on traditional fantasy tropes

John Gwynne on traditional fantasy tropes

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWe spend a lot of time on this podcast talking about how authors are subverting or downright overturning classic SFF tropes. But there are still merits of entrenched tropes, after all, tropes became such...
Writing (female) characters

Writing (female) characters

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWriting better female characters is covered in a lot of writing advice. Many of these pieces will preface their comments with sarcastic comments like ‘Women are people too, duh’. This sort of statement, I...
Disposable characters

Disposable characters

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSRedshirts. No sooner are they introduced than they are killed. The tension rises, there are beads of sweat on Kirk’s brow… now the audience knows the peril is real. These stock, disposable characters exist...
Revisiting The Dark Crystal

Revisiting The Dark Crystal

A Lucy and Charlotte Special! After the success of our Labyrinth episode, we thought we’d have a bit of fun and take another look at one of our favourite films: The Dark Crystal. If you haven’t seen this cult Henson classic, The Dark Crystal tells the story of...
Magic, Wealth and Power with Vic James

Magic, Wealth and Power with Vic James

Today, the blunt reality of inequality and unequal distribution of wealth is more prevalent than ever. Our society is split into the haves and the have nots – the 1% and the 99%. A few individuals tend whole orchards of magic money trees; their extreme wealth is...