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Jilly James wrote a thought provoking blog post this week talking about the use of original female characters and group dynamics in fandom. She'll be my special guest this evening.
You can read her blog here: http://www.jillyjames.com/?p=828
One of the most common statements I hear these days in reference to all the changes being made to existing characters (usually to create more opportunities for representation of different races, genders and sexualities) and the main point that comes up is "if they're so worried about it why won't they just create their own characters.
Today's episode is MY answer.
Ever read a book and the character stuck you as just abou the most unrealistic person on the planet? Nobody likes characters who are too good, too evil, too sweet, too chaste, too ignorant or oblivious, or just plain too perfect. Not only are those types of characters boring, they're usually irritating to readers and may end up being the reason they put down a book.
Today we're talking tips and tricks to create well-rounded characters and how to avoud some common unrealistic character traits. Make your characters so real your readers can't help becmoing invested in their story!
Author's Lyn Croft and Helen Downing will join Michele Gwynn and Jami Brumfield for a lively discussion on how to create lovable characters when writing novels.
Please take a moment and visit Lyn Croft's Amazon page here http://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Croft/e/B00BPGLDQS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1427704209&sr=8-1
Helen Downing's Amazon author page here http://www.amazon.com/Helen-Downing/e/B00ANX076Q/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1427704266&sr=8-1
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Are women portrayed reasonably in fiction or is it a reflection of our current society? Does fiction display the social pressures placed on women or does it create caricatures? Whose fantasies are women characters written for? Are women in fiction written to be the fantasy of men or of women? What things do writers do that transfer the woman into caricatures?
Do women need to be rescued in fiction, even if she is an action heroin? How is it handled in crime stories? Fantasy? Other books? Games?
Why do women in fantasy have to be armored inappropriately in chainmail bikinis? Are women in fiction a female trope first?
How are women portrayed on book covers and movie posters? Why do they have to be portrayed as “ideal” woman? Why are women “underdressed” in comic books? Is making a strong female character only putting a man in a skirt? How do you show the real woman? Does a strong woman have to kick butt in the story or are there other ways to show the character’s strength? What are the kinds of strength that can be shown other than kicking butt?
Is it necessary for a strong woman characters to fall in love with the strong male characters?
Are bad female characters—the woman caricatures a result of malice writing or a result of lazy writing?
Welcome back faithful listeners! This week on #SourceMaterial we welcome special guest Dean Compton from http://theunspokendecade.com/ and we are going to discuss each of our top 5 comic characters to come out of the 1990's. Dean is a bit of an authority on this subject and #SourceMaterial is excited to hear what he has to say. Dean has also hosted his own podcast here on BTR titled "Compton After Dark."
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Cult of Personality: Candidates or Characters?
Dealing with the problem of pushing a figurehead instead of a focus. GOP failures because of a lack of substance to win American confidence. Popularity should never be the reason behind a candidate!
Hate to admit this but I done messed up and accidentally set the episode for too short of a time frame. This half is on why working within the framework tends to happen more often than new franchises.
The original Young Justice comic came out of an interesting time in the 90's for DC comics where the original teen sidekicks had outgrown their roles and either accepted their own adult heroic identities or taken over for their mentors, Young Justice was the story of a new generation of teen heroes and heroines forming their own team. It was written by Peter David and at one point it was the only comic I was actively reading, today I discuss why.
After you've spent hours upon hours trying to make your characters real, how do you then turn around and kill them off? Sometimes, you shouldn't. Other times, it just has to happen. If you don't, readers will know you took the easy way out.
Today we're discussing Stuart Aken's five tips for killing off a character without ticking off your reader. Join us for tips and tricks on killing off your characters in ways that will leave your readers crying right along with you.
Tonight we count down lists of what others found the absolute most memorable in entertainment. These can be from movies, music, stage, theater, and even online presences count, as we have a few that we shall bring up that cannot be missed. Show is opening with a person that is an underground cult hit classic, and voted #1 of the most memorable characters. Not many may recognize her at all, but she seems to be huge for horror/sci-fi underground fans.
Lists shall be read in no particular order.
Have a blast!
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