Rethinking the Badass with Alex Acks

Rethinking the Badass with Alex Acks

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS There needs to be a serious fucking cultural conversation about the storytelling desire to turn everyone into an edgy badass that thinks all problems are best solved with violence and what the overwhelming...
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...
Women’s jobs in science fiction

Women’s jobs in science fiction

With equality of pay and the drive to get more women in top executive jobs reaching the headlines in our current era, does the world of the future have women in the same roles they occupy now, or do they have them in traditionally male-dominated jobs? #SorryNotSorry...
Idealised characters and Mary Sues

Idealised characters and Mary Sues

We’ve all encountered them – characters who can do anything. They have physical and mental abilities beyond every other character in that world, perhaps even abilities that no one else in the world has in any capacity. They are so good-looking there are no words...
Violence as climactic conflict

Violence as climactic conflict

All stories require conflict of some kind… but does it always need to be violent conflict? There is certainly a trend in fantasy, science fiction, and horror to find narratives driving towards a massive violent conclusion. These have become set-pieces, the very...