45 Master Characters

45 Master Characters

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by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
     
 

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Create unforgettable characters your readers will love!

45 Master Characters will make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex and original than ever before.

You'll explore the most common male and female archetypes—the mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate—and learn how to use them as

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Create unforgettable characters your readers will love!

45 Master Characters will make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex and original than ever before.

You'll explore the most common male and female archetypes—the mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate—and learn how to use them as foundations for your own unique characters. Examples culled from literature, television and film illustrate just how memorable and effective these archetypes can be—from "Gladiators" and "Kings" like Rocky Balboa and Captain Ahab to "Amazons" and "Maidens" like Xena and Guinevere.

The mythic journeys of heroes and heroines—the progression of events upon which each archetype's character arc develops—are also examined. Building such a "journey" into your character's story will enable you to stop worrying about what happens next and get on with telling your tale.

It's a power-packed method for creating characters that stand the test of time!

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Screenwriter Schmidt offers a book for writers struggling with characterization, emphasizing interesting, believable women characters. Looking to mythology for such types as Aphrodite, Artemis, and Zeus, Schmidt concisely outlines each type's cares and concerns, strengths and weaknesses, and likely reaction to common problems. She also gives familiar examples from TV, films, and books. For example, Sam Malone of Cheers is a "Joker," and the "Shadow" is all the terrified characters surrounding Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween. Most blocked writers will find useful leads here, but debating the examples do Lucy Lawless and Sandra Bullock both qualify as Amazons? could easily become one of the better teaching uses of this book. Recommended for creative writing collections and workshops. Robert Moore, Parexel Corp., Waltham, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599633541
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,185,904
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Victoria Schmidt is a screenwriter for film and television. A graduate of the film programs at UCLA and NYU, she holds a Masters degree in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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45 Master Characters 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
wrdrr More than 1 year ago
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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gwionfawyr More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.