About this episode
Neal Shusterman is best known for his "Unwind Dystology" series, his Prinz winning "Scythe" trilogy, and "Challenger Deep," which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2015. In this episode, he shares how getting immersed in his favorite fictional worlds inspired him to create some of his own, he’ll talk about how and why he prioritizes characters to enhance immersion, and how seriously he takes sticking to the rules of his world.
"I think it comes down to caring about character. When you care about the characters, you care about the world they live in." - Neal Shusterman
Getting immersed in settings unlike (and alike) our own provides crucial lessons about perspective. This outside perspective allows us to shed our preconceptions and witness characters and events in a way we would be unable to otherwise. It’s an incredibly impactful storytelling style for young readers just learning these skills, and Neal is a master at it.
- Chapter 1 - The Trouble with Star Trek Blueprints (2:11)
- Chapter 2 - The Jaws of (Neal’s) Life (9:02)
- Chapter 3 - Desktop Quotes (10:32)
- Chapter 4 - Stories From the Cabin (15:14)
- Chapter 5 - No Characters, No World (18:02)
- Chapter 6 - A Sense of Hope (24:10)
- Chapter 7 - The Power of a Teacher (27:12)
- Chapter 8 - The Nature of Consciousness (30:30)
- Chapter 9 - Beanstack Featured Librarian (31:23)
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