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Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to…

Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 1 (edição: 2016)

de Joseph Fink (Autor)

Séries: Welcome to Night Vale (Script Book 1)

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Mostly Void, Partially Stars introduces us to Night Vale, a town in the American Southwest where every conspiracy theory is true, and to the strange but friendly people who live there.
Título:Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 1
Autores:Joseph Fink (Autor)
Informação:Harper Perennial (2016), 304 pages
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Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 1 de Joseph Fink


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The scripts of the first 25 episodes of Welcome to Night Vale, the cult podcast's first year, with also the first stage show. The printed page is of course no substitute for the mellow tones of Cecil Baldwin delivering the words directly to our ears, but has the minor advantages that you can savour the text at your leisure and not worry about losing the next line due to laughing too much. Each episode is topped by a note from one of the creators, usually Fink or Craynor but with contributions from others as well. Really, it speaks for itself, and rathe than write more I'm just going to reproduce some of my own favourite lines, starting with the moment in episode 1 when we first realise that this is going to be seriously weird:


The City Council announces the opening of a new Dog Park at the corner of Earl and Somerset, near the Ralphs. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the Dog Park. People are not allowed in the Dog Park. It is possible you will see Hooded Figures in the Dog Park. Do not approach them. Do not approach the Dog Park. The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the Dog Park, and especially do not look for any period of time at the Hooded Figures. The Dog Park will not harm you.


Followed soon after, in the same episode, by:


And now a brief public service announcement.
Alligators: can they kill your children?


More pithily, from episode 3:


Monday would like you to leave it alone. It’s not its fault that you are emotionally unprepared for your professional lives.


Skipping ahead to episode 24:


Here’s a public service message to all the children in our audience:
Children, the night sky may seem like a scary thing sometimes. And it is. It’s a very scary thing.
Look at the stars, twinkling silently. They are so far away that none of us will ever get to even the closest one. They are dead-eyed sigils of our own failures against distance and mortality. And behind them, just the void. That nothingness that is everything, that everything that is nothing.
Even the blinking light of an airplane streaking across it does not seem to assuage the tiniest bit of its blackness – like throwing a single stray ember into the depths of a vast arctic ocean.
And what if the void is not as void as we thought? What could be coming towards us out of the distance? Insentient asteroid with a chance trajectory? Sentient beings with a malicious trajectory? What good could come of this? What good, children, could come of any of this?
Fear the night sky, children, and sleep tight in your beds, and the inadequate shelters of blankets and parental love.
Sleep sound, children.
This has been our Children's Fun Fact Science Corner.

[end] ( )
  nwhyte | May 17, 2021 |
Mostly Void, Partially Stars is a collection of the first year's worth of scripts (and the script of the first live show Condos) from the podcast Welcome to Night Vale written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. In addition to the scripts, Mostly Void, Partially Stars contains introductions to every episode featuring behind the scenes tidbits such as the inspiration for the episode or how it was put together. In Mostly Void, Partially Stars, readers are introduced to the town of Night Vale and Cecil Palmer, the host of the local community radio station's news show. As the story begins, a new scientist, named Carlos, arrives into town, sparking interest from Cecil. Coinciding with this event is the discovery of a civilization underneath one of the lanes in the bowling alley. As the year goes on, these plot threads will collide in a major way. This review will be in two parts; the first reviewing the book itself, the second reviewing the content of the scripts and the first year of the podcast as a whole.

Firstly, the book itself is wonderfully put together. From the moment the forward, written by Cory Doctorow, begins the time and energy put into making sure this book was more than just a collection of scripts is apparent. Doctorow's forward is insightful and funny, as is the introduction that follows (written by Joseph Fink). Throughout the book are illustrations by Jessica Hayworth that accompany each episode. The illustrations are never too revealing; by that I mean she leaves much to the imagination - as is the M.O. of the podcast - while still offering some fun visual insights to the world of the podcast.

The introductions, written by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, and various members of the cast, are similarly insightful while not being too revealing. They're interesting little peaks behind the curtain, but never do they wander into the realm of explaining too much. It's all vague and filled with the trademark humor of the podcast, but also does give the reader an insight into their process and the inspiration behind the episodes. They strike a good balance between offering a behind the scenes look and withholding some of the mystery the series contains.

As for the content of the scripts themselves, the first year (henceforth referred to as the first season) of Welcome to Night Vale is simply fantastic. Moreso in this season than in subsequent seasons, the show really presents itself as a modern day Twilight Zone mixed with The X-Files and H.P. Lovecraft-style monsters. This first season focuses more on world-building and character development than it does on any kind of overarching plot. That's not to say there isn't an overarching plot; there is - the civilization underneath the bowling alley ends up being the main thread that ties the season together - but it's not the main goal of the season. The main goal is to get the audience acquainted with Cecil and the other periphery characters and the town of Night Vale itself. In this, Mostly Void, Partially Stars succeeds brilliantly.

The whole first season of the podcast is an example of a smart idea executed with intelligence and artistry. It takes a few episodes to really get into the series, but once you're into it, its grip on you never weakens. The brilliance of the show is how it gets you to care about all these characters who are experiencing these outlandish horrors (like a Glow Cloud that drops dead animals, or a deadly Valentine's Day, or a Man in a Tan Jacket that nobody can remember) that we as an audience really can't relate to. Most of us will never face a Glow Cloud that can control our thoughts and requests our worship. But the characters themselves are so human, and their reactions to these horrors encapsulate humanity so well that we are able to empathize with them and relate to them despite our inexperience with their struggles.

Another strong part of this first season is how it (inadvertently, at times) lays out plot threads that are still being picked up nearly five years later. So much of what later seasons have focused on were introduced in this first season, oftentimes by a throwaway line. The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home becomes a major player in subsequent seasons, as does literal five-headed dragon Hiram McDaniels. The Old Oak Door that John Peters, you know, the farmer, finds becomes important. As does Earl Harlan (scoutmaster for the Night Vale Boy Scouts). Diane Crayton and the Man in the Tan Jacket even get a whole novel written about them down the line. There are so many elements that are introduced in this season that prove to be important later on that it's hard to believe that Fink and Cranor didn't have this planned. But, as they've said before, if they had actually planned this, it would never have worked as well as it did.

Night Vale really was a stroke of luck on their part. The right writers came together at the right time with the right actors and the right technology and an audience ready for something different (that is representative of people now - including many LGBT characters, disabled characters, and an array of other diverse characters and situations) and created what is truly a work of art. It's a once-in-a-lifetime perfect storm of coincidence, and Night Vale encapsulates that. So much of life is random happenstance, and in Night Vale that random happenstance can also be deadly.

Mostly Void, Partially Stars is everything that makes Night Vale what it is. It's full of creepy, clever, funny, and moving scripts. The illustrations and commentary littered throughout the book are insightful, and it's a collection of intelligently written art that serves as a fantastic companion to the podcast. It's perfect for both new fans and old fans as everyone will be able to get something out of it. ( )
  thoroughlyme | Apr 23, 2021 |
I wasn't entirely certain what I was getting into when I picked up this book from the library. I simply saw Welcome to Night Vale on the cover and thought to myself "Oh, I like that podcast" and grabbed it. When I saw it was a collection of the podcasts episodes I wondered just how well the audio format might translate to writing, and exactly what behind the scenes info could possibly be used to introduce each episode that would truly be of interest. As my rating likely shows - the behind the scenes info was indeed interesting, and the podcast transcripts made for very fun reading.

It was interesting to read how few instructions there were for Cecil throughout the first 25 episodes of the show and to see how the stories evolved. So much was there from episode 1, unintentionally, and later added on to. It is very obvious just how much of Night Vale was whimsy turned substance, and you can almost feel the surprise of the writers as the show continuously evolved into something more and more as the months and years went by.

I don't listen to the podcast religiously, but man I would love to read more of the books. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Brilliantly written and great to go back to the first year of the show. Had to listen to most of the episodes while reading through since not the same without cecil. ( )
  WeeWeegieBookworm | Mar 24, 2018 |
I'm a big fan of the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. Its combination of horror, comedy, existentialist philosophy, humanity, and sheer surrealism just punches all my buttons exactly the right way. So I was delighted when this companion volume was published (at the same time as volume 2, which I haven't read yet). Volume 1 collects the texts of the first year of episodes, along with a transcript of the first live Night Vale show, "Condos." (Although the inclusion of "Condos" in this volume feels a little odd, as it's set a bit later in the series' continuity, and is actually slightly jarring when read right after the episode "One Year Later," where it appears.) The book also features a short introduction to each episode, usually by one of the writers but occasionally by a performer, as well a smattering of illustrations, which I think do an excellent job of capturing the feeling of the show without actually trying to depict any of the people or situations that the audio format leaves to our imaginations.

So, it's a nice companion to the podcast. Although, I have to say, reading these stories in print just isn't remotely the same as listening to Cecil Baldwin's voice conveying them to us. To me, it definitely loses something in this form, although I've heard a few people say that they liked the idea of the show but, for one reason or another, were put off by the delivery, and I suppose those folks might find this a better experience.

Rating: I'm going to call the book 4/5, although the podcast itself is a definite 5/5. ( )
  bragan | Mar 3, 2017 |
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