I chose to check out Nightvale as my podcast and honestly I found it rather peculiar. It’s not quite what I’m used to when it comes to podcasts, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but there were times when I got a bit confused because the narrative itself was a bit more fantastical.
It is definitely literary, though, because it’s just like if someone was reading aloud when reading a short story. It’s still a story and it draws listeners in. It’s just verbal instead of textual. I loved the use sound and time, though. The use of background audio clips makes it more dramatic and sound like your actually there or are watching a movie but there’s something wrong with the video cable connecting your DVD player to your TV so you only hear the audio. It reminds me a lot of those old radio shows from before TV was even a thing. They did basically the same thing with the use of sound and time to give the same effect and speaking of time, I think the pacing of the story is very good. the speaker isn’t too rushed or too slow and monotone. It flows reasonably well and makes it sound like if a friend were telling you a story about your day. Also, I found the song that played in the middle of the podcast to be an interesting choice and due to being quarantined for so long with nothing to do and no one to talk to, I must admit, it did not ease my depression, but in fact seemed to make it worse however that is more of a personal observation.