Snark Squad Pod #004 – Chosen One Stories with Ceri Riley

Previously: The Snark Ladies watched a Star Wars movie for the first time.

Sweeney: A little part of me still feels like every episode of this podcast is A Very Special Episode because we are still in this very fun figuring-stuff-out part of the project and I cannot express enough how thoroughly I am enjoying this.

So, if you’ll forgive me for saying so, on today’s VERY SPECIAL EPISODE of Snark Squad Pod we are trying out some new things. First of all, you’ll notice that rather than a specific piece of media, this week we’re tackling a whole entire trope. We’re covering some highs and lows of chosen one stories AND as an added bonus we’ve called in a friend to help us do it.

In addition to being a friend a great human, Ceri Riley is a writer and editor for SciShow and Crash Course Film and an editorial assistant for Monstress. She also shares fun comics and doodles and other great things on Twitter.

We hope you like this fun little experiment. I know I enjoyed it and would love to try more things like this in the future.

As always, thank you to Stefan Chin for our delightful theme music.

Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter what you thought of today’s episode and what you’d like us to talk about in the future.

For those of you trying to follow along, some upcoming media we’ve planned so far (in the order they’ll be released): Midnight Texas, Bonfire by Krysten Ritter, After Dark, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time, and Marvel’s Runaways.

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I collect elaborate false eyelashes, panda gifs, and passport stamps. I spend too much time on YouTube. Reconciling my aversion to leaving the house/wearing pants with my deep desire to explore everything is my life's great struggle.





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  • Katie P.

    I really liked this one! I love all the examples you guys brought in and it was a fun exploration of the trope. I kept thinking of new things about it, and then one of you would say the thing I was thinking. I did want to add one last thought, though, about why people tend to not identify as much with/like the Chosen One as much as the other characters in the story: Aside from the fact that you get to see their flaws better/more in-depth than the other characters, the better you get to know somebody, the blurrier they become anyway. It becomes clear that they are not good or bad, that they are pretty much a set of circumstances, desires and conflicts just like you are. I think our ability to like characters depends partly on our ability to use them as caricatures, stereotypes, and proxies for our own desires. If your character is less complicated, you can feel like you know what space they fit into in your head, and know what they would do in a given circumstance. You can kind of use them for your own needs. When the outline of the character is blurred by knowing more about them, knowing all the subtleties and not being sure anymore, your ability to really “like” them gets less strong. I don’t think it stops you disliking them, though. It’s like when the romance goes out of a relationship–they’re not exotic, they’re not that interesting because you just know all about them. You get bored with them, their flaws grate on you. And you can identify more with them, which means you can criticize them the way you would yourself.

    • ok so this comment is immensely beautiful??? I have nothing thoughtful to add except that I love how brilliant and thoughtful this comment is, so thank you for that. I love this so so much.

      • Katie P.

        *blushes*
        Seriously, though, I really liked this episode and I love your podcasts in general.