Storytelling 44 – Good and Bad Exposition March 29th, 2015 by Oren Ashkenazi, Mike Hernandez and Chris Winkle As you know, this will be a podcast about exposition which, as you also know, is a method for relaying information to the audience. It’s one of those techniques that’s easy to miss when it works, so we have to look extra close! Download Episode 44 Subscription Feed https://mythcreants.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/TMP44-Exposition.mp3 Have a question or comment for our hosts? Send it to [email protected] Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission. Show Notes The Planet Construction Kit – Excerpt (scroll down) His Majesty’s Dragon, part of the Temeraire series Soon I Will Be Invincible Old Man’s War Terry Pratchett Lives on in the Clacks Dresden Files In the Pale Moonlight, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Narrative Roleplaying Games The Culture Series Should You Show or Tell? Neuromancer Need an editor? We’re at your service. Read more about Mass Effect Comments AndrewR March 29, 2015 at 9:43 pm The think about Terry Pratchett (and Douglas Adams, for that matter) is that they weren’t afraid to do ‘exposition jokes’ (usually in footnotes, but sometimes in the text) where they would explain something that had nothing to do with the story but was funny. Because of this we were much more willing to forgive the exposition because it made us laugh and think about our own world while at the same time explaining a difference that might become relevant later (or might not. Sometimes a joke is its own reward). Reply to AndrewR Christopher July 12, 2016 at 10:02 am Inside Amy Schumer did some great world building slash handling of spec fiction exposition in the time travel sketch – Future Amy: Amy, it’s me, You. I time traveled from six years in the future. Present Amy: How does that work?! Future Amy: I don’t know! How does electricity work? You just pay for it. https://youtu.be/j5DSSjTeJZE?t=49s (slightly nsfw) Reply to Christopher Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Name Email (will not be published) Send me an email alert for: Don't subscribe All Replies to my comments Message By submitting a comment, you confirm that you have read and agree to our comments policy.