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Today on How Story Works, the conversation is about Raiders of the Lost Ark: we burn the movie to the ground and then apply narrative theory to fix it.
Were you always this tall? Ugh. Riley's back. As You Were (S6.15).
Today on How Story Works, the conversation is about romantic conflict: why it’s special, why it’s so damn hard to write, and how to write it in your stories.
You made a wish to a vengeance demon! Lani and Noelle stay in one place and talk about bottle episodes in Older and Far Away (S6.14).
Today on How Story Works, the conversation is about goals: knowing what your characters want—and how they plan to get it!
There is nothing good or clean in you. Lani and Noelle struggle to talk about a well-written episode they hate watching with Dead Things (S6.13).
Today on How Story Works, the conversation is about internal and external conflict. We derail into Game of Thrones, The Matrix, and Fleabag in our discussion of layering conflict lasagna, but we don't feel conflicted about that.
It's a meat process. Noelle and Lani can't unsee what they've suddenly seen while watching Doublemeat Palace (S6.12).
In this episode of How Story Works, the conversation is about central narrative conflict, the goal-based conflict upon which the structure of a story is built.
Stop trying to see me. InvisiBuffy is a little hit and a lot of miss in Gone (S6.11) but the hair is adorable.
How Story Works Conversations season 2 is all about conflict. In this episode, we dive into the purpose of conflict and examine narrative conflict, mundane conflict, and false conflict.
No. That's fair. I was a rat. Hey, guess what? Magic is drugs now, and Lani and Noelle are all over why that metaphor doesn't really work in Wrecked (S6.10).
Come on. Rush me. It'll be funny. Lani and Noelle f*ck the house down in Smashed (S6.09).
We don't feel so good, Mr. Stark... Listen Up A-Holes is going on hiatus! So this episode, Lani and Joshua spend a little time explaining why LUA is going on hiatus, they look back on what made the experience thus far so worthwhile for each of them, and then look forward to how they'll be spending their time in the future.…
Whatever, Umad. Lani and Noelle try to answer the question, "How do we know who we are?" in the context of Tabula Rasa (S6.08).
Rob finishes his season 3 of deep dives into each Star Wars film with Solo, a movie that read very differently to him in 2020 than it did originally.
Rob continues his season 3 of deep dives into each Star Wars film by looking at Rogue One, the original proof of concept for standalone Star Wars stories.
Where do we go from here? Lani and Noelle talk song, dance and story movement in Once More With Feeling (S6.07).
We always bounce back. For our final season of Agents of SHIELD, Joshua takes us on a spy-fi retrospective through the decades. Then he and Lani take a step back and just appreciate the magic that is Agents season 7.
Did anyone come here to just make out? Special guest host Dr. Kelly Jones sits down with Noelle to talk about the badassery that is Dawn in All The Way (S6.06).
This is gonna be great. If loving Jonathan and Andrew is wrong, AND IT IS, then Noelle and Lani have some serious inner work to do as they talk about Life Serial (S6.05).
No. More. Full. Copper. REPIPE! Noelle and Lani try to figure out why they hate Flooded so much (S6.04).
We are a cautionary tale to steer children away from crime and excess. For the sixth season of Agents of SHIELD, Joshua explains the 616 antecedent to the Chronicoms and then Lani enjoys Joshua's less than enthusiastic reaction to the sixth season.
It's hard to get a good night's death around here. Noelle and Lani discuss mirrors and the transformative power of pain as they dive into After Life (S6.03).
There's nothing you can do to get us to join your Evil League of Evil. It's a rough ride as Lani and Joshua close out this season. But before they hit the trail of narrative chicanery, Joshua tells Lani all about superheroes and their annoying offspring from the future.
Is this hell? Lani and Noelle say hello to the darkness that is Season 6 as they discuss Bargaining Parts 1&2 (S6.1-2)
The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me. Lani and Noelle discuss The Gift (S5.22).
We Don't Half-Hit People. For an introduction to the Lighthouse, Joshua talks about what agency looks to space in the 616 and then Lani discusses all the time, and story, out of joint.
Gods don't pay. Buffy shuts down and Willow takes charge as Lani and Noelle contemplate the various Buffy pairings in The Weight of the World (S5.21).
Buckle up, kids. Daddy's putting the hammer down! Lani and Noelle question the WTF as medieval knights attack an RV in Spiral (S5.20).
Rain or shine, the man with the umbrella’s always ready. Joshua tells Lani about Villain Worlds and how they're different from Bizarro Worlds and makes some recommendations of Villain Worlds to read and others to avoid. Then they dive hard into the Framework to discuss returns of favorite and less favorite characters, ships that were a bad idea, an…
I owe you pain! Lani and Noelle talk about the long-tail effects of Willow's rush to black-eyed, level 30 mage in Tough Love (S5.19).
Vampires of the world, beware! What does the BuffyBot say about the complexity of Spike's love? Lani and Noelle try to figure it out in Intervention (S5.18).
We are freakin' robots. For the LMD arc, Joshua points out two knock-off Captains America as well as the shell game that is LMDs and Doombots in the 616. Then Lani leads the conversation about identity, bad girl shenanigans, ill conceived ships, and the missed opportunities in LMD.
We liked the lady. It’s coding, love stories vs. romance, and Spike as the essence of ride or die in Forever (S5.17).
Lani and Noelle process the five one-act plays of grief in “The Body” (S5.16).
We know what a good light source is. A guy with a flaming head. It's a vengeance fueled story arc on Agents of SHIELD as they introduce GHOST RIDER! Joshua and Lani dive into the more mystical end of the Marvel comics before freaking out about how cool a flaming skull in a Dodge Charger is.
“‘Crying is blackmail. Good girlfriends don’t cry,’ is the girlfriend catechism,” is a thing Noelle said in this week’s episode, talking about the deep philosophical questions inspired by the sci-fi in I Was Made to Love You (S5.15). So you need to listen.
We're running. Very Fast. Away. Just like real life, it is a cavalcade of difficult topics for Joshua and Lani discuss. Slavery, both fictional and otherwise, the misuse of police powers, and more are mixed into the usual, and enjoyable, spy and relationship shenanigans.
He’s got cool hair, and he’s got leather coats and stuff. Spike confesses his love for Buffy, and Lani and Noelle confess their love for Harmony, in our review of Crush (S5.14).
Conversation’s over, hell-bitch. The Summers sisters bond over blood, and Lani and Noelle ponder the nature of reality in Blood Ties (S5.13).
On the season 1 finale of HSWC, we wrap up our discussion of character with Q&A and recommended resources. Linked resources below: 7 Casually Racist Things that White Authors Do, by Mya Nunally @literallymya https://bookriot.com/2018/02/05/casually-racist-things-that-white-authors-do/ White as the Default, by Marissa Rei Sebastian @MarissaRei1 http…
We'll discuss the consequences of your little science fair later. As we pick back up with the Agents, Joshua discusses the thematic overlap between Inhumans and the X-Men. Then Lani and Joshua kick around the various couples and how their relationships impact the arc.
If that girl's the only thing between me and my key, I don't need much time. Lani and Noelle discuss Buffy's beautiful smackdown of the Watcherarchy in Checkpoint (S5.12).
Lani and Kelly sit down with writer and Listen Up A-Holes co-host Joshua Unruh to figure out how to fix 2018's Game Night.
We're leaving because of witches. Welcome to the new Dark Ages. Joshua discusses the many and deadly foes of Spider-Man while defending secret identities. Then, Lani and Joshua discuss how this could have been two great Spidey movies instead of one good one.
I have finesse! I have finesse coming out of my bottom! It’s time for a game of Xander-in-the-middle as Lani and Noelle examine the sitcommy trollness that is Triangle (S5.11).
Shut up, Glen! Today on How Story Works Conversations, we interview the incredibly talented Josh Siegal about his work as a writer and actor on The Good Place.
Until this exact moment, we thought you were Build-A-Bear At last! The ending of one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time! Lani and Joshua talk about the end to the Thanos Saga as well as the mixed bag of endings some of our original Avengers received. Joshua also goes back to the DC Universe of the mid 1990s to try and explain the ti…
Ain't love grand? All views are represented as Lani and Noelle disagree heartily on Into the Woods (S5.10).