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Questions 712: Sociological Storytelling

Ed asks: What are your thoughts on sociological storytelling?

Resources Mentioned

Game of Thrones S8
Lost
Babylon 5 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Battlestar Galactica (2003)
The Real Reason Fans Hate The Last Season of Game of Thrones – article from Scientific America , May 2019

 

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Questions 581: Soul Eaters

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Today we introduce a series of questions from high school student Jason doing on a project on expertise, who asks: “I’m writing a story in which one can steal powers from those they kill. What fictional or real-world sources can I draw from?”

Questions 564: Disaster Flicks

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Robert asks: “What social phenomena drive interest in disaster fiction?”

Resources Mentioned
Titanic
Poseiden Adventure
Towering Inferno
Resident Evil
28 Days Later
The Blob
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Questions 509: Slavery and Characterization

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Robert asks: As a follow up to ep 499 – How would being a slave shape a character’s personality?

Resources mentioned

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
The Gulag Archipeligo by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
David Hume: The Essential Philosophical Works
Two Treatises of Government, John Locke
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

 

Question 328: Creativity and Cultural Appropriation

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Tarquin asks: “Everyone is talking about cultural appropriation. What’s the deal?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Mikado
Soviet War Crimes
Pol Pot
Great Leap Forward
Nazi extermination camps
Rape of Nanking
Unit 731
Native Americans in the United States

Questions 288: Is There A Market For it?

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Charles asks:
“I want to write a sprawling world with many different stories in it. Is there a market for this?

Resources:
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
Running With the Demon by Terry Brooks
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Hadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer