- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Lone Eagle (June 19, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580650244
- ISBN-13: 978-1580650243
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Many books attempt to show writers how to create believable characters. This one is unlike the majority: it specifically identifies 16 "master archetypes," complete with thumbnail sketches and descriptions of specific qualities, flaws, background, styles, and possible occupations. The authors, all writers and writing instructors, detail eight male and eight female archetypes in Sections 1 and 2 and then in Section 3 discuss how the characters can interact and evolve, often warning that "a writer cannot simply lift the archetypes from these pages." Although these archetypes from these pages." Although these archetypes are admittedly rather stereotypical (e.g., the Chief, the Bad Boy, and the Warrior, or the Seductress, the Waif, and the Nurturer), the book does provide a thought-provoking exploration of character development and its myriad possibilities. Useful examples from literature, television, and cinema are included in the appendex. Although the book is written in an easily accessible writing style, it nevertheless contains more detail than would be needed for most undergraduate programs. It is therefore more suitable for advanced creative writing programs. Recommended for midsize to larger public libraries.
Angela M. Weiler, SUNY Libs. at Morrisville
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
An invaluable resource for writers working in any genre.... -- Prof. Richard Walter, Screenwriting Chairman, UCLA Dept. of Film and Television, letter to author, 5/4/00
Finally! Fiction Archetypes made easy. . . . Stuffed with examples and cleverly organized, [this book] earned a spot on my crowded bookshelf. -- Debra Dixon, author GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict, 1996; and Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes, 2000; email to authors 4/00
The Complete Writers Guide to Heroes and Heroines takes the mystery out of creating compelling and memorable characters. Every writer should own a copy. -- Deb Stover, award winning author of nine time travel and historical romances, email to authors. 4/00
The authors have developed a clear and usable system for creating memorable characters. -- Kevin J. Anderson, best-selling co-author of Dune: House Atreides, email to author, 5/25/00.
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I use this book, on some level, for every book I write now. Whether I'm layering archetypes or transitioning archetypes or writing a twist on an archetype, I use this book first. It's the only craft book that I recommend to every single author I come in contact with. Again, not to put characters in a box, but to create the internal emotional consistency that characters need to resonate with readers. I can't recommend this highly enough.
As for my quibbles, the references to existing characters are a bit dated (I was surprised to see this had been revised in 2013), and if there was any information given on how archetypes can be either gender, I don't remember seeing it. I went into this book already having that information, but new authors may feel a bit pigeonholed if they believe they're limited to only 8 options because of their character's gender. Something to consider for future revisions.
As an aside, I also appreciated that I could purchase a physical copy, as that way I can keep it at my desk and avoid the distractions of the internet.