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45 Master Characters

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  • Posted March 4, 2011


    Excellant book about achetypes that is way less cumbersome and confusing than others. Also includes the Heroine's Journey which is very different fromt he Hero's Journey. The Heroine's Journey is crucial to anyone wanting to write or understand feminine mythology. It is the blueprint for those so-called unimportant *girley* movies and books that surprised TPTB in publilshing and film making by becoming huge megahits.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    A mythos look at the human personality

    45 Master Characters is a generally straight-forward book leaning towards the creation of unique and intriguing characters. By ascribing certain mythological deities and thier literal personifications, you get to see how most people are perceieved by an outside source.

    For the professional writer or scholar, this would be a good tool to use to base stereotypical characters on. For students and the novice writer, it gives a great starting place for the customisation of a character.

    I would definitely recommend this book to be added to your personal library. You may never know when you might need it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006


    45 MASTER CHARACTERS, by Victoria Lynn Schmidt, explains the value of archetype characters, and why authors should study and use them. Heroes, villains, and support characters are outlined, as well as journeys for both male and female characters. Far from cookie-cutter writing, this book explores the use of archetypes as a springboard for injecting new life into fiction. This approach to beefing-up characters absolutely beats starting with a blank page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2002

    Excellent Resource for Writers or Teachers

    Victoria Schmidt's _45 Master Characters_ is an excellent resource for understanding archetype by example, as well as helping a writer build a round, motivated and believable character. Her examples from the literatury canon, history, popular fiction and media give her descriptions depth and clarity. I have used this book both in my English classes to describe archetype and in my own writing to explore my characters and their approach to life. My friends and I have even picked out the archetypes that we personally exemplify. A great book just to read, and very helpful to writers and teachers.

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