Dissecting Dragons

Episode 292: With Friends Like These - Reunions Reprises and Encores in Speculative Fiction

September 17, 2021

This week, the dragons are delighted to welcome special guest Elijah Menchaca. Elijah's debut novel - They Met in a Tavern - explores the complexities of returning to the friendships and relationships of your youth with the added pressure of having to perform a quest or defeat a great evil when the original gang has moved on. This makes him the perfect addition to today's discussion: reuniting an sff team in fiction. We're all familiar with the typical fantasy team's origin story, but what about after the adventures when everyone goes their own way? Maybe not parting on the best of terms? Jules and Madeleine take a look at why this is such a compelling trope. On the slab this week: The Umbrella Academy, Kings of the Wyld - Nicholas Eames, It - Stephen King and many more.

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic

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