Episode 782: Making Up

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Moving On I’ve probably mentioned this a time or two, but dealing with interpersonal conflicts while also trying to survive the zombie apocalypse is no easy feat. You’re much better off making amends with people and building trust than holding on to any resentment. After all, you’re going to need to have… Read more »

Episode 781: Awkward Memories

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Unfinished Business One of the consequences of bringing all your characters back together is that anything left unresolved is going to bubble back up to the surface, and the zombie apocalypse has a way of leaving a lot of unresolved conflict. I mean, it’s kind of hard to settle up every interpersonal… Read more »

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 685: Time to Fly

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Transportation In an apocalyptic zombie scenario, people will quickly begin to miss many of the conveniences that we enjoy today. I want to draw a distinction here between items that are necessary for peoples’ survival, such as the medicine we hit on previously, and the little things that we’ve been spoiled on… Read more »

Episode 684: Making Due

Zombie Cliche Lookout: No Time to Worry Leadership is a difficult, often thankless task, and will likely be even more so during a zombie outbreak. People are going to be upset, or tired, or hungry, hurt, or afraid. They’re not going to want to keep moving. They’re not going to want to be productive. They’ll… Read more »