It’s a basic rule of storytelling: the stakes get higher as the story goes forward. But how do you do that? How do you know what’s good escalation and what’s just skipping all the necessary build up? What should you do when you’ve escalated as far as you can without breaking the story? Listen to this week’s podcast and the answers will be, if not revealed, at least mulled upon.
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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.
The Belgariad, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3) by David Eddings
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards, Book 1) by Scott Lynch
Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Mayor from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Ember Island Players from Avatar: The Last Airbender
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