45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters

Master Characters Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters This volume explores the most common male and female archetypes provides instructions for using them to create original characters and gives examples of how other authors have brought such archetypes

  • Title: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters
  • Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt
  • ISBN: 9781582970691
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters

    This volume explores the most common male and female archetypes, provides instructions for using them to create original characters and gives examples of how other authors have brought such archetypes to life in novels, films and television.

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    1. Darusha Wehm

      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 unappea [...]

    2. K.S.R.

      Great books are what they are, largely due to strong character archetypes. This book is a phenomenal classroom in your lap for learning all about archetypes and what kinds of character archetypes they need to be put with in order for the main character to grow.

    3. Hesper

      Useful for tween fanfic writers, I suppose, or people who like silly formulas, but that's insulting to both of those groups.Look: she only marginally grasps the mythological figures she uses as archetypes, has obviously not read all the books from which her character examples are drawn, and operates on a gender-binary, heteronormative definition of humanity that will only hinder character authenticity.Just avoid it. No half-baked taxonomy will make anyone a better writer.

    4. J.R. Newell

      If you want a good book on archetypes to help you with your writing, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book (see instead The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes & Heroines by Tami Cowden, Caro LaFever and Sue Viders). For me, the descriptions of the archetypes were the weakest aspect of this book, which is why I had to knock off a couple of stars on my rating. Where this book really shines is in its descriptions of the Feminine and Masculine Journeys. The author's breakdown of the differen [...]

    5. James

      A lot of good stuff, but it could have been much better done. I anticipated a plug-and-crank formulaic writing cookbook, and this book is better than that; the author does give extensive and concrete advice about structure and character development, but in ways that encourage the reader to be original in applying that advice rather than settle for easy cliches. I also appreciated her extensive use of examples from well-known myths, books, films, and TV shows, and her having provided some workshe [...]

    6. Tez

      In 2008 or earlier, I learned that character arcs were troublesome for me. In 2009, I requested titles of craft books that might help me, and Victoria Lynn Schmidt's 45 Master Characters is a gem. It explains the difference between stereotypes (cardboard cut-outs) and archetypes (realistic characters), going into detail about the traits and flaws of each of the 45 archetypes, as well as examples. However, I don't read classics, I watch only a few movies a year (if that), and my TV tastes are mos [...]

    7. Olivia

      I found this interesting and a very creatively fruitful read, mostly because I wanted to argue with author on every page. While it's true that archetypes are powerful and useful tools, I think writing directly from the well of euro centric archetypes is a path so well traveled it is now paved and lined with truck stops and tourist traps that we've all heard of, visited, eaten the sandwiches of questionable provenance and bought the t-shirt.However, I will say that I found the hero's journey stru [...]

    8. Dani Ger

      The master character models (including the new 46th downloadable character -which link has changed), the supporting character models, and the feminine and masculine journeys are very helpful for crafting a story.

    9. Kayla

      Without a doubt, Victoria Schmidt's revised edition of "45 Master Characters" is the best character reference guide I own. Not only does the book go into depth about the different archetypes like it promises, the book also gives you access to an additional 46th character you can download off of the Writer's Digest website, and it also has a chapter on creating plots. The book is divided as follows:Part I: Getting StartedPart II: Creating Female Heroes and VillainsPart III: Creating Male Heroes a [...]

    10. Betty

      There is no book on the planet that does a better job of revealing the characteristics of archetypes so well. In my opinion, almost anyone reading this book is likely to exclaim at least a couple dozen times, "Oh yeah, I get it!" Schmidt, a former screenwriter, know her people and personalities and has a talent for coming up with the perfect set of mythic or modern characters to help the reader understand and relate. I especially liked the chapter entitled "How to Use the Archetypes" that explai [...]

    11. Sara

      I love this book so much. I have found it very helpful in figuring out hero and heroine archetypes while writing. The book is very well-organized and entertaining to read, with a lot of examples of each archetype from mythology, novels, plays, tv shows, and movies. I always find examples really useful.

    12. Emily Brady

      This was a great book to shape how I viewed my characters from a broad angle, making it easier to narrow down how they would react to different circumstances as individuals. Such a helpful book!

    13. Randy Tramp

      45 Master Characters is organized and easy to use. Even though the characters are mythical, it can be used for any personality. I like it.

    14. P. S. Hoffman

      Look, this is not a book about rules set in stone. This is a guide, a beginner's approach to Archetypes - and a very complete one, at that.I found this book incredibly useful for thinking about my characters as *consistent* people. Read this book, and you will equip yourself with building blocks for creating your own characters and archetypes. The author delves into the motives and possible histories of specific Archetypes, which is probably the most useful part of this book (for writers, at lea [...]

    15. Natalia

      I picked this book up in the hope that it would help me to gain some clarity and guidance with writing a main character. Initially I was worried that the 45 characters might be stale, immovable stereotypes that would block my creativity but I was relieved to find the exact opposite.Schmidt takes character structures (archetypes) from major literary examples, works of fiction, classic tales and folk lore and sorts them into 45 character archetypes for the reader to explore. Each archetype provide [...]

    16. Tori Crescent

      Love the list of questions at the beginning of the book. Some of them are a bit cooky, like: "If your character was stranded on a desert island, what are the three things he would want to have?" I can never answer that for myself, let alone my characters (probably because I enter panic mode when I even THINK about having to choose one book because you're in big trouble if you bring an electronic device and can't recharge it. How would that work, anyway? Plug it into a cactus?). For the most part [...]

    17. Kathrynn

      Great ideas to help create well rounded, 3-dimensional characters. The author begins by telling the story of the writer who starts out gung-ho on a story, until page 30, when the plot seems to go astray. She explains, with examples, how it may not be the plot, per se, but the character(s). I enjoyed reading examples of how to first DRAW a character, then color them in. Nice ideas. The book talks a lot about "archetype" which (to paraphrase the author) is the blueprint for building a well-defined [...]

    18. Lena Loneson

      This book was more than I expected after buying it on a lark one day because I enjoy mythological interpretations of modern characters. I didn't expect it to actually help me with my writing -- but it did. 45 Master Characters is a great book for beefing up characters that aren't quite there yet. It takes cues from mythological archetypes (especially ancient Greek/Roman mythology, since that's what we're most familliar with) to expand character traits and journeys. This is a fascinating resource [...]

    19. Katy Wilmotte

      Those who read this book expecting to find an exhaustive list of every archetype that will perfectly fit their characters/stories will be disappointed. What is required to appreciate this book is creativity, finding ways to think about your characters inside the broad realm of an archetype. Don't be limited by Schmidt's examples, which don't encompass every genre and certainly won't fit your characters exactly. Think instead about who your characters are and which pieces of their personalities f [...]

    20. D.A. Cairns

      I've read many 'how to' books on writing, most of them a long time ago when I was just starting out as a writer. Although I understand that there are certain underlying principles which contribute to 'good' writing, I feel that generally, the formulas offered in such books interfere with the art. I still take tips but I am picky, and I also know that quality does not necessarily guarantee exposure for a writer, or sales.Having said that, I enjoyed 45 Master Characters, and found it very interest [...]

    21. M L Swift

      As of this writing, I'm at page 230 of 261, but I will undoubtedly finish after this constructive procrastination break. I'm about to dive into Chapter 25, "Plotting the Masculine Journey." I can't wait.As a matter of fact, that's been my attitude for most of this book. I can't wait. "I can't wait until I get to the next archetype. I can't wait to develop this character that's been bouncing around in my head." It really spurs the ideas.Coming complete with insights for developing a cast of suppo [...]

    22. Thomas Guettler

      I like this book. I am sure there are more in depth character development books out there, but it was a relatively quick and easy approach to building some characters. It reminds me of the Myers Briggs personality tests, where people can be quickly categorized. Can an author pick an archetype as depicted in the book? Yes. Should an author use one straight out of the box to their characters? Probably not. Personalities are inherently complex, and building one without any modifications of the arch [...]

    23. Julie

      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 descri [...]

    24. Eben Mishkin

      The character archetypes are pretty good. Certainly as good as any other character archetype book and better than plenty that I've seen. Her particular strength is seeing them as starting points to evolve, and so suggests directions for the characters to hook into stories.But the real gold in this book is the second part on the "feminine" journey as a counterpoint to the "masculine" hero's journey. While I disagree with the gendered attribution (Schmidt herself provides genderbending examples) t [...]

    25. Elle

      Tries a bit too hard to fit existing character archetypes into 'mythic models' based around the Greek pantheon. And while the male models are helpful, the female models -- despite equalling the males in number -- are nowhere near as distinctive and universal. There is far too much emphasis in the female models on their thoughts on sex and relationships with the men around them and whether or not rape is the worst thing that can happen to them. (Hint: rape is one of the worst things that can happ [...]

    26. Patrick Hoffman

      Look, this is not a book about rules set in stone. This is a guide, a beginner's approach to Archetypes - and a very complete one, at that.I found this book incredibly useful for thinking about my characters as *consistent* people. Read this book, and you will equip yourself with building blocks for creating your own characters and archetypes. The author delves into the motives and possible histories of specific Archetypes, which is probably the most useful part of this book (for writers, at lea [...]

    27. Wm

      How well you receive this book depends largely on how much you are in to three act structure and Jungian archetypes. But even if you are a fan of such things, you still might find--as I did--that while the overall idea of this book is solid, the execution leaves something to be desired. Or at least it did for me. There were too many sections where I thought that example that is reached for or the way something crucial is phrased rang, well, not so much false, as meh or huh or eh. Because I'm in [...]

    28. Amy

      This book was worth reading for the Feminine and Masculine journeys near the end. In fact, I scribbled down quite a lot of notes upon discovering I had a male character in a feminine journey. I enjoyed the different archetypes as well, but did not find that they were fleshed out enough to actually use them. The examples were also unfamiliar and outdated. You would get a lot better information and examples from a site like tvtropes.However, for a quick overview of character and structure, if you [...]

    29. Janet

      Writers reference, psychologyThank you Victoria, for a concise character/personality handbook for writers. No matter the "name" that you've assigned the character traits I found it very helpful that you gave the villainous/negative aspects and the FEARS of each character type as well. Very important. Also helpful, you indicated possible "helper" types who might be able to assist the protagonist in working through his/her issues. I hope other readers are flexible enough to consider that their nov [...]

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