13 – Prophecies

Daystar and Alexander discuss some of the major problems with prophecies in stories, and ways to potentially avoid the major pitfalls.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected


Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind

Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Bad Seed

The Good Son

Daystar’s rant about prophecies

Article on One Problem, One Solution


1:22 Prophecy as a way of Spoiling Tension

5:56 Creating Conflict

10:35 Developing Characters

11:45 Prophecy Tension

16:45 Predictable Attempts to avoid Prophecy

19:00 Shallow Intrigue

22:10 How to make prophecy work

30:55 Tricking Prophecies

37:03 Conditional Prophecies

39:20 Prophecy in the Real World

47:23 Being Clever in Subversion


Daystar recommends Dark Lord of Derkholm in today‚Äôs post-outro Audible advertisement.


Thanks for listening!

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