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 thrust of the plot begins. However, as things get bigger and more complicated, the story spreads out. More characters are added, and the characters we already know start to get separated and begin weaving their own threads in the giant loom of the story.
And then we cross some sort of event horizon, where the plot begins to draw things back together. Side stories are resolved, secondary and tertiary characters are sent packing (or are eaten by zombies), and people start to come back together. Why? Because we’re coming up on the end, and it’s almost time for that big last stand.
About this Episode:
I wasn’t so sure I wanted to write the above cliche. After all, I’ve been working on this silly little comic since my son was a newborn. He’s in third grade now. I’ve got a hell of a lot of time invested here, and have had a hell of a lot of fun putting this together. Do I really want to end it? Well, yes and no. I could probably keep the story going indefinitely, but it would get awfully boring. I don’t want to do something I’m not passionate about, and you guys deserve better.
Discussion Question: Side Stories & Characters
Once again we’re building on the above. We’re back to the core group of the comic, or what’s left of them anyway. That means we’ve left a fair few people behind. Of those who aren’t in this room, which character or plot point are you going to miss the most?