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 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 577: Look At It This Way…

Zombie Cliche Lookout: End of Life Philosophy Most heroic epics have some sort of wise sage dispensing wisdom and advice to the budding hero. It’s true, just ask George Lucas. That’s right, when he created Star Wars, he was taking a lot of notes from the mono-myth theory, made popular by A Hero with a… Read more »

Episode 576: Do Some Good

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Making Lemonade They say that, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade – and don’t worry, I’ll work zombies into this. Of course, there are a lot of smart-ass retorts to this, but I think that it’s really a good philosophy. There are so many things in life that we simply cannot… Read more »