Powerful plots, thought-provoking themes and dynamic descriptions are not enough. You need compelling characters to keep your fiction fresh and your readers interested.
45 Master Characters gives you all the information you need to develop believable characters that resonate with every reader. Each of the 45 entries is derived from a proven, familiar archetype -- a timeless role model that represents one of the shared qualities, values or stories of humanity. Victoria Lynn Schmidt defines the attributes of each, giving you a foundation upon which to build well-defined characters with purpose.
Hundreds of fun, fascinating examples from film, television and literature make every example crystal clear, while illustrating just how powerful -- and memorable -- your characters can be.
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About 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.
Table of Contents
|1||What Are Archetypes, and Why Should Writers Use Them?||7|
|2||How to Use the Archetypes||14|
|II||Creating Female Heroes and Villains|
|3||Aphrodite: The Seductive Muse and the Femme Fatale||21|
|4||Artemis: The Amazon and the Gorgon||32|
|5||Athena: The Father's Daughter and the Backstabber||41|
|6||Demeter: The Nurturer and the Overcontrolling Mother||50|
|7||Hera: The Matriarch and the Scorned Woman||59|
|8||Hestia: The Mystic and the Betrayer||67|
|9||Isis: The Female Messiah and the Destroyer||75|
|10||Persephone: The Maiden and the Troubled Teen||83|
|III||Creating Male Heroes and Villains|
|11||Apollo: The Businessman and the Traitor||95|
|12||Ares: The Protector and the Gladiator||105|
|13||Hades: The Recluse and the Warlock||113|
|14||Hermes: The Fool and the Derelict||122|
|15||Dionysus: The Woman's Man and the Seducer||130|
|16||Osiris: The Male Messiah and the Punisher||139|
|17||Poseidon: The Artist and the Abuser||147|
|18||Zeus: The King and the Dictator||156|
|IV||Creating Supporting Characters|
|19||Introduction to Supporting Characters||167|
|V||The Feminine and Masculine Journeys|
|23||Introduction to Archetypal Journeys||191|
|24||Plotting the Feminine Journey||199|
|25||Plotting the Masculine Journey||243|
|The Feminine Journey Worksheet||279|
|The Masculine Journey Worksheet||282|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.