Posts Tagged: Tara

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 699: Saying Goodbye

Zombie Cliche Lookout: In our normal world where we don’t have to worry about zombies killing and eating our loved ones, saying goodbye is tough. Especially when we know we won’t see that person again for a long time, or perhaps ever. If you have an aging family member whom you don’t see too often,… Read more »

Episode 698: What I Need

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Justifications Even in the best of times, it’s hard to talk people into something they don’t want to do. Some people are worse for this than others, and some people who seem pretty easy going might surprise you with where they suddenly decide to dig in their heels. At this point, I’ve… Read more »

Episode 697: The Right Thing

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Perspectives People see the same thing in very, very different ways. This observation certainly isn’t unique to the zombie sub-genre, rather, it is a simple part of the human condition. Ten people can witness the same scene, and come away with ten very different descriptions of what happened. Add in the additional… Read more »

Episode 696: Accepting the Facts

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Accepting the Obvious Taking a step back from your pride any/or stubbornness to accept an obvious but difficult truth is one of those hard things about growing up that people don’t really talk about. It’s so hard, though, that many of us simply can’t do it. We cling to ideas that they… Read more »

Episode 695: Foot Down

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Parental Rule While the zombie apocalypse is definitely going to make a lot of changes to the way that society is structured and radically upset traditional power dynamics, some things never change. Certain people tend to just have authority baked right into their personalities. This is why police officers and soldiers often… Read more »

Episode 694: Choices

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Controlling Men Zombie survival stories have a tendency to favor more traditionally “masculine” skills. If the writer isn’t careful, characters can quickly fall into traditional gender roles as well, with male characters handling most of the important tasks while women fill a supplemental role. Sometimes writers take this a step further and… Read more »