72 – Escalation

The Mythcreant Podcast
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.

Show Notes:

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Conservation of Ninjutsu

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Belgariad, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3) by David Eddings

Star Wars (1977)

Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

Supernatural (2005)

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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