When Stories Lie


Cheryl, James, and Matt Bird discuss unreliable narrators and deceptive points of view.

Mentioned in this episode:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd


We Were Liars

Fight Club

Primal Fear

The Sixth Sense

Gone Girl

Lee Child’s “A Simple Way to Create Suspense”

Flowers for Algernon

Millicent Min Girl Genius

The Usual Suspects

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3 Responses to “When Stories Lie”

  1. Mikki McGehee December 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    My favorite movie that goes along with this topic is a french movie called “He loves me, He loves me not” starring Audry Tautou, if you haven’t already, I highly recommend it.

  2. Laura December 30, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    On a recent podcast you mentioned a book blog named something like “Sensational/Sensations/Sensational Books”…am I close? I couldn’t remember which episode mentioned the blog, and I was hoping you could point me in the right direction. Thank you! As always, I love the podcast.

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