Alternate Universe City
Fictional Parents and the Origin of Issues
Daddy? Sorry. Mommy? Sorry. Uncle? ...Okay, now you've made it weird.
In this "Telly" episode, Rey and V discuss how imaginary parental units (whether present or absentee) impact a character's development, from their decision-making style, to how they respond to traumatic events, and so forth. Using our favorite fictional parents (and a handful of "other" parent-like figures, including but not limited to: father figures, Chosen One Mentors, adopted parents, and grandparents) as good, bad, and plot-neutral examples, we explore the chicken/egg phenomenon of parenting characters through their many fictional adventures. If you squint really hard, listening to this episode maybe kind of counts as therapy? (We are not qualified to say for sure.)
BONUS: A glitter-cannon-style info dump of galaxy brain proportions with a FUN NEW TOOL to help storytellers put their scenes in order either before, during, or after writing them. (Or all of the above, should you choose to fully embrace the chaos.) Spoiler alert: this episode gets particularly messy, in multiple ways.
CWs for mentions of the following topics: character trauma, trickle down trauma aka generational trauma, projection, Gilmore Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nancy Drew (naturally), Stranger Things, Supernatural, the enduring hotness of Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci Supremacy, and many, many "daddy issues."
Random Episode References:
- Where to stream whatever show you're trying to find lately? https://www.justwatch.com
- In case you haven't heard... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oedipus_complex
- "'Gilmore Girls' turns 20: What I learned re-watching the beloved series as an adult" (op-ed by Kelly Lawler in USA Today) - https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/10/05/gilmore-girls-20th-anniversary-what-learned-re-watching/3593257001/
- Have you SEEN Melissa McCall? https://teen-wolf-pack.fandom.com/wiki/Melissa_McCall