45 Master Characters, Revised Edition: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters
Create unforgettable characters your readers will love! Want to make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex, and original than ever before? 45 Master Characters is here to help you explore the most common male and female archetypes--the mythic, cross-cultural models from which... show more
Create unforgettable characters your readers will love! Want to make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex, and original than ever before? 45 Master Characters is here to help you explore the most common male and female archetypes--the mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate. Explore a wide variety of character profiles including heroes, villains, and supporting characters. Learn how to use archetypes as foundations for your own unique characters Examine the mythic journeys of heroes and heroines--the progression of events upon which each archetype's character arc develops--and learn how to use them to enhance your story. Complete with examples culled from literature, television, and film, 45 Master Characters illustrates just how memorable and effective these archetypes can be--from "Gladiators" and "Kings" like Rocky Balboa and Captain Ahab to "Amazons" and "Maidens" like Wonder Woman and Guinevere. Great heroes and villains are necessary to bring any story to life; let this guide help you create characters that stand the test of time.
Publish date: January 12th 2012
Publisher: Writers Digest
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Great book! I happened to see a little bit of myself in the Amazon, even though I don't think I'm a 'throw someone under the bus to save myself' type of person. There are really fantastic ideas to help flesh out your characters and even create one if you haven't yet. Definitely a keep it and study s...
While I haven't read every page of this book, I have read enough to say it is a fantastic resource. If you write fiction, and you want to round out your characters and/or explore archetypal hero journeys, this book will not disappoint. It's stuffed full of good stuff for both male and female charact...
In 2008 or earlier, I learned that character arcs were troublesome for me. In 2009, I requested titles of craft books that might help me, and Victoria Lynn Schmidt's 45 Master Characters is a gem. It explains the difference between stereotypes (cardboard cut-outs) and archetypes (realistic character...