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45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters (udgave 2001)

af Victoria Lynn Schmidt (Forfatter)

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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!… (mere)
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Titel:45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters
Forfattere:Victoria Lynn Schmidt (Forfatter)
Info:Writers Digest Books (2001), Edition: 1st, 256 pages
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I've never cared for the eurocentric "hero's journey" and this book relies entirely on those archetypal characters and story arcs. It claims to be a feminist update, with separate female characters and both feminine and masculine journeys. The author does state briefly in the introduction that those journeys could be undertaken by either men or women, and there is a single "gender-bending" example of each. I just found the reliance on stereotypical (not archetypal) gender traits entirely unappealing.

I'll freely admit that I'm probably throwing out the baby with the bathwater here, but I just got too annoyed with the basic concept to take what is valuable out of it. C'est la vie.

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  darushawehm | Oct 24, 2015 |
mooi boek over archetypische personages dat ik vooral heb aangeschaft vanwege het hoofdstuk over de vrouwelijke heldenreis (Heldinne's Reis).
  Heldinne | Sep 2, 2013 |
I've been making all sorts of notes from this book before I return it. So it's rather overdue at the library it came from. Whoops. I'm thinking I maybe should buy a copy for myself.It lists a bunch of archetypes, male and female, that characters can fall into. I think it may prove helpful in thinking about characters. Do my characters fall into these archetypes? Sometimes. Usually not completely. Do I fall into one of the archetypes? No. Thankfully not. I see myself in several of them. In describing the archetypes, she lists what motivates them, what their fears are, and which character types it could be useful and interesting to pair them with. Which ones will challenge them and force them to grow and change.After the archetypes, she describes the female journey and the male journey. Though noting that a man can take the female journey and vice versa.The book is at once feminist and gender-limiting. But, useful I think. ( )
  Jellyn | Jan 27, 2010 |
Slightly useful, but certainly not comprehensive. ( )
  wktarin | Aug 26, 2008 |
Victoria Schmidt discusses the difference between a stereotype and an archetype. She talks a bit about individualizing characters using aspects of appearance, what the characters care about and fear, motivations, how others see the character, and so on. When providing examples of each archetype she deliberately provides a wide spectrum of possibilities so that you can see some of the variations that are possible.

My only problem here is that I can still see, having read through the book, how it would be easy to accidentally get trapped into creating stereotypes using these character archetypes. Why? Because many of our stereotypes are variations on (or simplified, judgmental versions of) these archetypes, and it's hard not to let all that history influence us. Perhaps if Ms. Schmidt had included an extra (small) section within each archetype reminding the reader to play with things, and including a few further suggestions and examples for how to do so, it would have allayed this fear.

The archetypes are quite detailed. Each has both a positive and a negative side. The author includes all sorts of information about the archetypes, from things they tend to care about, to which other archetypes they pair well with, and what their assets and flaws tend to be. Then Ms. Schmidt does more in the list of examples to break the stereotype worry than she does anywhere else. She includes examples from TV, film, literature, and history, so no matter what your reading or viewing pleasure, you should find something you can relate to.

Oddly, while the character archetypes are what sell the book, they turned out not to be the main attraction for me. There's a great section on supporting characters, for example. But best of all, roughly a full 95 pages of the book cover the feminine and masculine archetypal journeys. This is where things really take off and catch at the imagination. All in all, this book is interesting, useful, and well-detailed. If your characterizations could use a little help, this might be a fun place to start!

Full review at ErrantDreams ( )
  errantdreams | Dec 15, 2007 |
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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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