Apr 22, 2022 • 10M

Your Dark Aspirations

Why we like antiheroes

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Kristin McTiernan
Fiction makes us better, wiser people. Though it can be tempting to reach for the nonfiction section to seek your best self, the answer is often found in stories, tropes, and characters. Worth the Telling breaks down stories (in film, television, and books) into digestible essays and analyzes how those stories inform our society and our choices.
Episode details

Both books and television shows have reveled in the concept of the anti-hero for about the past ten years, with no sign of slowing down. This episode details the techniques that writers use to hook you into their character, and make you root for them, even though they are truly awful.

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