Tag Archives: characterization

Questions 658: Likable vs. Sympathetic Characters

Vega: What did you mean by a “sympathetic” versus “likeable” character?

Resources Mentioned
Pulp Fiction
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Questions 639: Everyone Loves My Bad Guys

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Questions 650: Taste as Characterization

Ian asks: “Some stories use taste as characterization, but sometimes it falls flat. How can one use it well?”

In the Line of Fire
James Bond series by Ian Flemming
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Flemming
The Diamond Smugglers by Ian Flemming
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers
Emma by Jane Austin
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Crudrat by Gail Carriger
Marine Biology by Gail Carriger
Down From Ten by J. Daniel Sawyer
Silent Victor by J. Daniel Sawyer
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Man in the Rain by J. Daniel Sawyer

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Questions 646: Writing Believable Geniuses

Sara asks: “How do you write believable geniuses?”

Resources Mentioned
Smartest Man in the World
The Librarians
Eureka
Leverage
Stargate, film and tv series
The Absent Minded Professor
Sherlock
House, M.D.
Big Bang Theory
Independence Day
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Zootopia DMV scene
Democracy in America by Alexis D’Toqueville
The Rights of Man  by Thomas Paine
The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras
Welcome to Monkey House, by Kurt Vonnegut
Forest Gump by Winston Groom
Gump & Co. by Winston Groom
Forest Gump movie
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Collative Learning: Analysis of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs

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Questions 560: Matter of Conscious

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Robert asks: “How would an intelligence without a body differ from a human character, and how would a lack of a body affect a character’s perspective?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Mystery of Consciousness by John Searle
Consciousness Explained by Daniel Dennett
The Republic by Plato
Minority Report and Other Short Stories by Philip K. Dick

Questions 541: More on Autism and the Brain

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Joel says: “Some autistic traits, such as high affective empathy, can characterized as more feminine than masculine. What do you mean by masculine brain?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Simon Baron-Cohen: Autism and the male brain
Writing Believable Others