DZ-87: Keeping Genre fresh – Get Out, Promising Young Woman, and The Invisible Man

How do you deliver on the emotional contract of a genre while surprising the audience?

In tackling this enormous topic, Stu and Chads enlist professional TV writer and desire for Kodie Bedford, someone who has somehow managed to defy genre pigeon-holing by writing mystery, comedy and vampire shows. 

The three of them look at GET OUT, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN and THE INVISIBLE MAN (with reference to PARASITE, JOHN WICK, TAKEN, KNIVES OUT and more) to see what tools the writers have used to deliver on the expectations of a genre while moving that genre on, without writing something stale. 


Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.

Thanks to Chris for editing this episode.


  • 00:00:57 – Intro: Keeping Genre Fresh
  • 00:03:10 – What is Genre?
  • 00:16:30 – Get Out
  • 00:45:10 – Promising Young Woman
  • 01:25:08 – The Invisible Man
  • 01:59:18 – Wrap Up
  • 02:11:44 – Thanks to our Patreons!


  • Freshening Up Genre – Stu’s Notes:
  • Kodie Bedford:
  • Authentic Storytelling – Kodie Bedford: Breaking Down Characters And Worlds


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