- Series: Elements of Fiction Writing
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599632128
- ISBN-13: 978-1599632124
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Characters & Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing)
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I know it's very difficult to write about how you go about creating a character, and Scott Card certainly gave interesting info as to how to start doing it, although there is certainly a lot more about creating characters than he covers. But the point of view is a subject that offers a lot more food for thoughts than you'd say from this book. I know because I read books that opened my eyes on the possibilities and nuances of point of view far more than this book did.
If you are starting off in writing, this is probably the right book for you, it covers all the basics. But if you're looking for something more in-depth... keep searching.
Practically a textbook, this is not a memoir, it's not about life as a writer, and it's not even about how to get published.
It is more than just developing characters, though. It's about developing a story about those characters. It's about how to tell that story about the characters you develop. There are some great methods in here of developing a story.
Like any good book, you wish there was more when you finish. Ti's a decent sized book and there is no fluff. Card covers the subject very well but that does not mean that this book covers everything about writing. There is more to learn after this book.
Lots of great advice. Lots of examples of both good and bad. I suspect those that would give this book a bad review only skimmed it and saw the bad examples. That's the only reason I can see that someone who is not already a successful author could give it a bad review.
If you are not already a successful author, I think you would find something useful to learn in this book.
Card's basic view of writing is that in telling stories, we are influencing people to expand their understanding of the human condition; that by presenting fictional characters we can help our readers understand them more than they have ever understood a real person, and to understand themselves. This involves making the reader care about, believe in, and comprehend the story that you're telling and the characters in it. In order to do this effectively, we need to understand the techniques of characterisation.
Along the way, he considers the question of the epic hero versus the ordinary person; the comic character and the serious character; the hero and the villain; character change; voice; and viewpoint. Throughout, he explains the techniques in terms of the likely effect on the reader.
The Kindle edition has been scanned from a print copy, but competently, and there are only a few small errors (such as a missing blank line after the sentence "This is what a line break looks like").
All in all, worthy to stand alongside its series-mates Scene and Structure and Beginnings, Middles & Ends.
So much so that I will shop for the rest of the series as soon as I'm done with this review.
I loves how the author doesn't speak down to the reader, uses examples from novels as well as movies, and demonstrates how he uses these tools in his own writing.
I highly recommended this book because it covers aspects of characterization that I hadn't read about or heard discussed in writing class.
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