45 Master Characters

45 Master Characters

by Victoria Lynn Schmidt


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45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582970691
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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

IGetting Started
1What Are Archetypes, and Why Should Writers Use Them?7
2How to Use the Archetypes14
IICreating Female Heroes and Villains
3Aphrodite: The Seductive Muse and the Femme Fatale21
4Artemis: The Amazon and the Gorgon32
5Athena: The Father's Daughter and the Backstabber41
6Demeter: The Nurturer and the Overcontrolling Mother50
7Hera: The Matriarch and the Scorned Woman59
8Hestia: The Mystic and the Betrayer67
9Isis: The Female Messiah and the Destroyer75
10Persephone: The Maiden and the Troubled Teen83
IIICreating Male Heroes and Villains
11Apollo: The Businessman and the Traitor95
12Ares: The Protector and the Gladiator105
13Hades: The Recluse and the Warlock113
14Hermes: The Fool and the Derelict122
15Dionysus: The Woman's Man and the Seducer130
16Osiris: The Male Messiah and the Punisher139
17Poseidon: The Artist and the Abuser147
18Zeus: The King and the Dictator156
IVCreating Supporting Characters
19Introduction to Supporting Characters167
Best Friend
Lost Soul
VThe Feminine and Masculine Journeys
23Introduction to Archetypal Journeys191
24Plotting the Feminine Journey199
Act IContainment
Act IITransformation
Act IIIEmergence
25Plotting the Masculine Journey243
Act IChallenge
Act IIObstacles
Act IIITransformation
The Feminine Journey Worksheet279
The Masculine Journey Worksheet282
Journey Differences285
Societal/Gender Differences286

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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.