“Some symbols become more real than what they stand for. Like they’re part of a truth that’s beyond the regular kind of truth.”
In this episode, Mike and Alex are back to discuss The Unwritten Volumes 3 and 4 (issues 13-24), where we finally start to get some clarity as to what exactly is going on. Not so much on the why, though, and the guys talk about how that ambiguity this far into a comic series plays for the reader. They also chat about all of the literary influences the comics is pulling from, from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick to the highest form of literary achievement, the Choose Your Own Adventure series [side note- if you haven’t already, I highly suggest you track down a physical copy of issue 17; it greatly enhances the reading experience.]. We’re ready to journey into the fiction unconsciousness with you just as soon as we figure out what kind of vampire you are. Hopefully it’s a Wilson Taylor vampire and not one that sparkles.
Nothing beyond the story from the first 4 volumes is spoiled in this episode, as is our rule. Go find The Unwritten Volumes 5 and 6 for next week and we’ll be back then for another deep-dive discussion.