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That book is the Gold-Standard of character creating---the stuff that makes them tick.
I immediately jumped on this book the moment I discovered it. I can do heroes fairly well using the above mentioned book, but villains (although much more fun to write are trickier if you can't generate sympathy for your devil) so I figured this book would help me.
Ah, but here's the dilemma, the catch-22, if you will...this book is absolutely STUFFED with hideous typos and other embarrassing mistakes.
Really. No lie, no joke, no mistake. It's like trying to wade through really tall, unruly grass in a long abandoned field.
These mistakes prove a very serious truth...are you ready??
Anyone can make an error, but the error only becomes a mistake if left uncorrected. Did Tami even bother to proof-read this book?
Not to be too harsh, but I have major problems with grammar (for me, it's the whole subject-verb agreement thing and the proper use of apostrophes especially where IT is involved) but I do make every effort to fix my boo-boos.
Sadly, the information in this book is too helpful to send it back and request a refund. Having said that, it is also hideously overpriced to endure the brazen sloppiness to study it.
My advice to Tami: you really NEED to replace this lemon with an updated---professional version.
My advice to the readers: If you need help with the bad-guys in your stories, this is a good book (but not one you will feel all warm and fuzzy about buying) no, rather you will feel somewhat cheated because you spent money on a necessary book that reads like a chimpanzee on crack hammered it out because Tami didn't care enough about quality control.
So, in conclusion: this book is worthy of 5 stars for the information it offers, but also equally worthy of 1 star (and ONLY because 0 stars wasn't an option) for the glaring errors salted rather generously throughout.
So, I figure halfway between 0 and 5/6 would be a 2 or 3---so, sadly, it's a 2.
I had higher expectations for this book---and hopefully, a cleaned-up, more professional version will come along.
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. Not a problem if you have the first book, and simply annoying if you don't. I suspect the reason why a better attempt was not made to tie these two books more closely together is because this was a solo work (the first book had three authors collaborating), so maybe there were some copyright issues involved? Just guessing.
The cover image and graphic design are laughably generic and awful (obviously a POD vanity press template); it certainly doesn't inspire confidence in the author's professionalism or jazz me into wanting to buy or display her book. And it definitely doesn't scream, "Ooh! Villains and genius advice inside!"
The author did a horrible, sloppy job editing this book and it is riddled with embarrassing typos and formatting errors from beginning to end. Honestly, it's like she just didn't care. What's ridiculous is anybody with half-a-brain could have caught and fixed these errors given an hour or two. That said, the interior layout is all right. Despite the glaring errors, it's a quick read and easy to find the information you're looking for.
SUMMARY: If you want a book like this, it gets the job done in as few pages as possible. Used in conjunction with The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines, I'd bump the rating to 3.5. If you enjoyed the first book, this one is worth picking up. However, I think the first book and this one should be combined into a new revised edition that cleans up the typos and addresses archetype interaction more.
OTHER OPTIONS: If you're looking for more archetype options, I recommend 45 Master Characters, Revised Edition: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters. It's very similar to these books, except it has more archetypes because it includes both heroes, sidekicks, and villains. As a bonus (worth the price of the book alone), the back of it is made up of explaining (step-by-step) the differences between the hero and heroine's mythic journey and includes cheat sheets outlining the gender differences at each stage of the journey. Invaluable if you subscribe to the Joseph Campbell The Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) story structure model (the feminine version is The Heroine's Journey). These models are clarified and repurposed specifically for writers in The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition and The Virgin's Promise: Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Spiritual and Sexual Awakening.