If you love behind-the-scenes documentaries of your favorite shows and movies, the Writer Wrong podcast may be perfect for you.
It’s an intriguing concept: the podcast story itself is sandwiched between commentary about the creation of the podcast. The creator and guest discuss the show points along with what was done well and what could have been done better.
Then, to make it even more interesting, you, the listener, can weigh in on the story itself and even vote on the direction you want it to go. (It’s similar to the “choose-your-own-ending” books you may have read as a kid—but maybe I’m dating myself here.)
I’ll say a few words on both components of this show:
The audio drama is very well done. The actors are great, and the story is intriguing (there are actually multiple stories that span over a few episodes—the first one takes place in an independent bookstore with some very shady activities). I definitely enjoyed it.
The commentary is a little less compelling. I suspect it’s because the interview format is actually not as easy as it initially seems, and there was some awkwardness. Being a both a good interviewer and a good interviewee is a skill—one that takes practice.
However, there are “director cuts” episodes, too, which are comprised of just the story without the commentary.
Overall, definitely worth a listen.
April 2021 Issue