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Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Master Villain Archetypes [Kindle Edition]

Tami D. Cowden
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Book Description

The villain is the hero of his own story - and is every bit as important as the heroic characters.

This book contains the lectures and exercises from Tami Cowden's popular online class on villain archetypes. The workshop identifies and examines the motivations of the 16 literary villain archetypes, and shows what happens when heroes and heroines turn to the dark side.

Here's what participants have said about the workshop:

-I really enjoyed this class. Seeing these archetypes spelled out like this really gives perspective instinct does not.

-Not only did this give me some really good tips on villain archetypes, but seeing the thought process behind creating a character for the archetypes helped me with your hero/heroine archetypes as well.

-WONDERFUL class, again!!! It was quite a thrill figuring out which archetype matched up with the villianess of my WIP :) . I have your exclamation about motivation stuck to my wall, just as a reminder.

--I did get a chance to apply this to my characters. I put a lot more thought into my characters' motivations and I think I will have a stronger book for it. The workshop really helped me make a more consistant characters and to work through how my characters act.

-I'm having trouble getting a handle on my villain in my next book, and these archetypes are really helping me.

-The exercises were enlightening as well as a fun way to get into the heads of these characters.

- As always happens when I take one of [Tami's] classes, you have given me good ideas for use in my current WIP and I'm certain I'll be using some of the others archetypes in future works.


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Tami Cowden wanted to be a writer since she was a teenager. After 20 some years of thinking how great life would be when she was a writer, it occurred to her that to reach that goal, she’d actually have to put words down on paper. So she starting writing, and received the Individual Achievement in Fiction Award from America Mensa, Ltd. for her first short story. Tami is also one of those obnoxious people who sold on her first try, earning $500 for a 1000 word story. But don’t hate her – the editor who bought her story quit shortly thereafter, and Tami has never sold to that magazine again. But she has sold more than 20 other short stories since, and her stories have appeared in three award nominated anthologies, Love Triumphs, Love Mystifies and Love Sizzles. Her first novel, Cruising for Love, winner of RWA’s Golden Heart, was released by Avalon Books. Tami is the coauthor of The Complete Writers Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes, a guide to characterization for writers. Tami has presented writing programs on characterization, plotting and scene building at more than 100 writing conferences and retreats, as well as online. A lawyer by day, she is now working on a mystery series about a divorce lawyer who inherits a Las Vegas wedding chapel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 108 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615471110
  • Publisher: Tami Cowden (March 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SY9JCE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent villain handbook but riddled with typos February 28, 2012
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PROS: Like The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines, which this book is based on, the information here is decent enough. It paints 16 villain archetypes in broad strokes, including ideas on what turns them into villains, their individual strengths and weaknesses (at least two each), and what motivates them to do what they do. There are 8 male and 8 female villain archetypes with Movie and TV examples given, each given their own 5-7 page chapter. A minor effort is made to show how each archetype can be used as an annoyance to your hero instead of a deadly adversary, which is helpful if you are writing comedy, romance, children's books, or YA fiction. 5 writing exercises are provided in the back and they seemed more or less sensible ways to get inside your villain's head.

As in other writing books, probably the best piece of advice repeated here is "The villain is the hero of his own story." He thinks he's doing the right thing (even if it's just for himself or those he cares about) and never thinks of himself as evil--otherwise, all you've got is a two-dimensional cartoon stereotype.

CONS: Missing from this book that was present in The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines are generous examples of how each villain interacts with the other archetypes (heroic or villainous) and I found this absence annoying, particularly when trying to use the two books together. Also, while you can definitely use this book without the first, there are references to heroic archetype terms from the first book that are not really explained except as being the opposite of the villain in question.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent content, many typos, a bit overpriced September 1, 2012
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I found this handbook helpful in guiding my thinking about character archetypes for my writing. The language is clear and easy to read, and the book is well-organized.

I did have a few issues, however.

1) This is a handbook, not a book. It's about the size of 1/3 to 1/2 a book. For the size, and for a digital edition, I felt it was overpriced at $4.99. (Perhaps adding more about how specific villain types interact with specific hero types would have helped fill the manuscript out.)
2) There are a lot of typos and some weird spacing issues.
3) The book reinforces a lot of gender stereotypes without really challenging any of them.
4) The author used a lot of examples that I hadn't ever heard of - less popular books and movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Resource for Writers! June 26, 2014
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I specifically went searching for a book by Cowden after having found her book on hero archetypes SOOOOOO helpful. I was not disappointed. Not only does she break down the various villain archetypes for both male and female, but she relates them to the "fallen hero" from which they derive. This was super helpful in drawing my villain for my upcoming book. Well worth the read and worthy of being one of my "resource" books from now on.
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More About the Author

Tami Cowden lives and writes in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her first novel, Cruising for Love, won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America, and was published initially by Avalon. It is now available from Montlake Romance.

Tami is also the coauthor of The Complete Writers Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes, a guide to characterization for writers. Tami has presented writing programs on characterization, plotting and scene building at more than 100 writing conferences and retreats, as well as online. Due to popular demand, she also authored a follow up book, Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Villain Archetypes.


A lawyer by day, she is now working on a mystery series about a divorce lawyer who inherits a Las Vegas wedding chapel. Tami lives in Las Vegas with her husband, two basset hounds, and three cats.




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