135 – Lessons From Long Series, Part 2

The Mythcreant Podcast
Guest host Ari joins us once again for the second half of our talk on long series. With such a big topic, even fitting it into a two parter was hard. This week we discuss that bogeyman of long narratives: series bloat. What is it? Why does it hurt a story? How can it be avoided? Also featured is our take on when some book series feel like they should have stopped, but instead they kept on going.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Dresden Files

Honor Harrington

Wheel of Time

The Belgariad Series

Song of Ice and Fire (Which we kept calling Game of Thrones)

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  1. Julia

    Ah yes, ‘series bloat.’ Or as my friends and I called it: the Menagerie Effect. They just keep picking up characters and never put them down.

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