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The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters

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Overview

Venturing where other screenwriting guides fear to tread, The Woman in the Story provides screenwriters and storytellers with a groundbreaking creative paradigm for the creation of memorable female characters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932907797
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 456,648
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Foreword xii

Introduction xv

1 The Power of the Heroine 1

Why Choose a Heroine? 1

Masculinity and Male Heroes 4

The Feminine Superthemes 5

Supertheme 1 Familiar Femininity 6

Supertheme 2 Feel Good Femininity 9

Supertheme 3 Fighting Femininity 11

Supertheme 4 Future Femininity 13

Exercise: Screenwriter's Self-Assessment Questionnaire 15

2 The Memorability Factor 17

Character versus Story 17

Choosing a Character 19

Exercise: Finding Your Heroine 19

The Memorability Factor 21

A Memorable Story 26

Exercise: Your Heroine's M-Factor 27

3 Going Against Type 29

Acceptable Clich├ęs and Stereotypes 30

How to Use Role Choices 32

The Role Choice of Heroine 34

The Role Choice of Nurturer 40

The Role Choice of Dependant 49

The Role Choice of Believer 54

The Role Choice of Caryatid 62

Exercise: Your Heroine's Role Choice Questionnaire 67

4 Making It Personal 69

Finding the Story 69

Heroine Story Types 70

Path to Wholeness 71

Tests of Love 71

Group Endeavor 71

Quest 71

Survival 72

Wandering Woman 72

Rites of Passage 72

The Talent 72

Theme 74

The Metaphoric Wound 77

Exercise: Your Heroine's Gifts and Wounds Questionnaire 85

5 A Phase She's Going Through 87

The Phases and Theme 88

Phases and Structure 89

The Identity Phases 89

The Relating Phases 101

The Momentum Phases 112

Exercise: Phases in a Complex-Linear Film 120

6 Women in Trouble 121

Cultural Conflict 122

The Layers of Conflict 124

Psychodynamics and Conflict 132

Exercise: Your Heroine's Conflict Questionnaire 137

7 Feeling Good and Finding Love 139

The Importance of Union 139

Cultural Union 140

Men and Union 141

Union and Your Heroine's Story 142

The Layers of Union 143

The Steps to Love 150

Exercise: Your Heroine's Union Questionnaire 158

8 Genres for Heroines' Stories 161

Genre and Your Story 162

The Primal Argument 162

Genre Bending: Evolutions in Genres 164

Drama 165

Romance and the Dramance 166

Romantic and Dramantic Comedy 168

Comedy 171

Thriller 172

Supernatural Thriller 173

Biopic 174

Musical 175

Science Fiction 175

Unpopular Genres for Heroines 176

Exercise: Genre Conventions 177

9 Unsung Heroines 179

Forgettable Heroines 180

Heroine Softening 180

The Development Process 182

Managing Your Career 185

Future Heroines 186

Exercise: Screenwriter's Story Questinnaire 188

10 A Heroine in Action: An Analysis of Juno 191

Juno's Supertheme 191

Juno's M-Factor 192

Role Choices 192

Story Type, Theme, and the Metaphoric Wound of Juno 193

Phases 195

Layers of Conflict 197

Layers of Union 199

Filmography 201

Film 201

Television 209

About the Author 211

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