Dissecting Dragons: Episode 110: Saying What You Really Mean - The Importance of Theme in Speculative Fiction

March 23, 2018

Episode 110: Saying What You Really Mean - The Importance of Theme in Speculative Fiction

 

Spoiler Warning: We discuss Star Wars - The Last Jedi

 

Theme is one of those elusive things that experinced writers tell you you must have or at least be aware of, but that no one can really tell you how to do. Even if you have a really strong grasp on your theme, it can get away from you and deliver a message you didn't intend. Add to that themes can become out dated over time. So why is theme important? Why should you be mindful about what you're really saying with your book? This week the dragons delve into these questions using the Star Wars saga (films rather than expanded universe) to examine examples of theme - where it works, where it's a bit cringeworthy and how The Last Jedi has subverted and updated all these ideas.

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic

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