14.22: Characters out of Their Depth
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Dan, and Howard
Sherlock Holmes has his Watson for a reason. Readers need a character to whom some things must be explained. In this episode we talk about how we create these gateway characters without delivering “maid and butler” dialog, or talking down to the reader.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson.
Homework: Pick something you haven’t read or watched before. Perhaps something you wouldn’t otherwise consume. Watch the first five minutes (or read the first five pages) with a note card at the ready. Write down the questions you have about the story. Then finish watching/reading, and see how (or if!) those questions were answered.
Thing of the week: Super Eyepatch Wolf: Why Pro Wrestling is Fascinating (YouTube essay).
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