After categorizing the heroes and heroines from 33 science fiction romances, I matched them up to see if any of the archetypes paired up more frequently than others and came up with 6 archetype pairings.
6 Common Male Archetypes: Beast, Charmer, Neanderthal, Ruler, Second Son, and Slave/Prisoner of War
7 Common Female Archetypes: Damsel in Distress, Rescued Damsel, Earth Mother, Female Warrior, Goody Two Shoes, Translator, and Wanderer
When a writer creates a hero that's too many things, she has to fill the reader's expectations for that hero, plot-wise and romance-wise. Juggling too many and fitting them all in one book is difficult—though not impossible—and makes the story and the hero seem over the top.
Establish the hero's skills and prowess in a dramatic scene, unrelated or foreshadowing of climactic danger "Prophet" character (aka genius) makes a significant achievement and discovers imminent danger, during which the Prophet's assistant or other supporting hero is killed facing the villain/disaster Discover the hero's weakness and/or personal strife, introduce loved ones, i.e. what they … Continue reading Genre Police! Outline of a SciFi Action Movie
Critical Editing Worksheet A novel is a biography on its characters and a historical, geographical, cultural outline of its universe. Is all the necessary information given to the readers? Download a PDF of this Worksheet INSTRUCTIONS While reading, highlight or take notes on the key facts Advanced: Differentiate between world-building facts, setting details, and character … Continue reading Studying a Novel like it’s a Textbook