Recap / Welcome to Night Vale - Ep 13 - A Story About You.

"'This is a story about you,' said the man on the radio, and you were pleased, because you always wanted to hear about yourself on the radio. Welcome to Night Vale."

You start to read the page, and find that it is quite different then the usual recap. The recap page says what you are doing, which is reading this page; and you are pleased, because you've always wanted to read about yourself on TV Tropes.

As you continue reading, the page explains that "A Story About You" is a slightly different episode, in which Cecil narrates the day-in-the-life of a nameless Night Vale citizen from a second-person perspective; their day job moving boxes, enjoying food at the local Moonlite All Night Diner, and the strange apparition they keep seeing, of a dark planet lit by no sun. The person steals a mysterious box from their job, which calls down the wrath of a purple cloud on Night Vale. Because the radio is narrating every event of their life, the Secret Police easily catch up with the citizen. The citizen's abandoned fiance appears with the Secret Police, and the box is opened to reveal a miniature house. The Man Who Is Not Short holds a knife to the citizen's throat as they revel in the consequences of their actions finally catching up to them.

The "Apache Tracker" also makes a brief appearance, now mysteriously changed into an actual Native American.

Tropes present in A Story About You include:

  • Ambiguous Ending: The ending heavily suggests that You are killed out in the desert, but it's not clear either way. Not helping is that later episodes show conflicting outcomes of people trying to reach out and touch the Dark Planet.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Even by Night Vale standards, this episode is weird.
  • Arc Words: This is the first mention of the compelling "Dark Planet, lit by no sun".
  • Bilingual Bonus: The Apache Tracker's Russian dialogue, which provides some foreshadowing.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Especially not when what You are doing is being described on the radio as it happens.
  • Captain Obvious: "I think my pie is here." You say, when the pie is already sitting in front of You.
  • Narrating the Present: Your story is being narrated as it is happening.
  • The Nondescript: Not only are You kept completely un-described, there's also The Man Who is Not Tall and the Man Who Is Not Short.
  • Second-Person Narration: The entire story is told to "You."
  • Weirdness Censor: You are pleased to hear Your story being told on the radio. At no point does it seem to bother You that the man on the radio is revealing Your innermost thoughts and history even as they are happening. Even when You wonder how You got caught, You take "everything you're doing is being narrated on the radio" as an acceptable and not completely unusual answer.

"Today’s proverb: I’d never join a PEN15 club that would allow a person like me to become a member."