Episode 780: Reunited and It Feels So Good

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Story Contracts Today’s cliche isn’t unique to the zombie genre. In fact, it’s a mainstay in fiction, especially where stories become long form. At the beginning of a big story, things tend to be relatively compact. The reader is introduced to the protagonist, or the small group of protagonists, and the… Read more »

Episode 779: Helping Hand

Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Gentle Push People are always the truly dangerous forces in zombie stories. Sure, zeds will take out a lot of people, especially during the early parts of the zombie outbreak. But once people settle into the new rhythms of life, the zeds are generally a pretty minor problem (with exceptions, of… Read more »

Episode 778: Mission Summary

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Stilted Teaser Teasers and cliffhangers work great in zombie and other horrors stories, because they keep the audience engaged between chapters/episodes/story arcs. Of course, they tend to lose a good deal of the efficacy when the audience already knows what’s been held back. That’s a pretty big failure in planning if you… Read more »

Episode 777: Deep Insight

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Snarky Reunions Zombie stories are supposed to be tense. That’s kind of the point of them, right? It’s supposed to be a story where people are facing a daily struggle for survival, and not always being able to succeed. And when they fail, not only are they eviscerated alive by the walking… Read more »

Episode 776: Manual Labor

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Honoring the Fallen Dealing with death is a pretty major theme in zombie survival stories. Obviously, the main group of the dead people have to deal with are the ambulatory variety that want to eat your face. However, there are also the bodies of companions that need to be dealt with. First,… Read more »

Episode 775: Goodbyes

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Burning Bridges Once again, I’m going to be banging the drum of working together in the face of a zombie uprising. Seriously, in the event of zombies, we’re going to need to cooperate. I’ll admit that zombies are pretty unlikely, but still, it never hurts to be prepared, right? I’m making the… Read more »

Episode 774: Lines

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Separate Ways I frequently talk about the importance of community and cooperation when it comes to surviving the zombie apocalypse. I know it’s fun to imagine oneself becoming completely independent, but it’s simply not realistic. Humans are social animals that depend upon one another for a variety of reasons. Obviously, there are… Read more »

Episode 773: Clarification

Zombie Cliche Lookout: An Alternative Theory People in our normal, “polite” society often have drastically different views on the same event, imagine just how much worse this will get in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. On top of the horror of trying to not get eaten by the walking dead, people are also going… Read more »