Character Goals and Philosophies


We’re back with a great episode on character goals and philosophies, including how those goals can change. Featuring the return of Matt Bird and Cheryl Klein.

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More about this show, for new listeners:

This is a creative writing podcast and a screenwriting podcast. In The Narrative Breakdown, Cheryl Klein, James Monohan, and other guest co-hosts discuss storytelling tips and techniques of interest to any writer, student, or fan of quality creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, fan fiction, English literature, etc. Each episode, Cheryl and James draw upon their respective experiences in publishing and filmmaking to analyze popular novels, movies, plays, television shows, short stories, and song lyrics. Featuring various co-hosts and writers, as well as material from Cheryl Klein’s book ‘Second Sight’ and James’ iPhone app ‘The Storyometer.’



One Response to “Character Goals and Philosophies”

  1. Casey M May 19, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    Great to see another episode come up in my Narrative Breakdown feed.

    I know this is a lot less common in popular fiction, but it might be interesting for you all to talk about plots in which the protagonist fails to change, typically in a tragic way. A great movie example that comes to mind for me is Charleze Theron’s character in Young Adult. She starts out as a self-centered, “failed grown-up” who wants to recapture her glory days from high school.

    And in the end, [SPOILER ALERT] just at the point where you’d expect her character to find that “true philosophy,” she rejects the opportunity to change. And yet somehow, the movie still works for me. Great Gatsby is kind of the same way. It’s hubris colliding with fate, and the hero never learns. (Unless you think the hero is Nick Carraway).

    By the way, James, have you heard about The Martian by Andy Weir? The Goodreads tagline reads “Apollo 13 meets Cast Away in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller, set on the surface of Mars.” Not exactly low-stakes, but I hear the technical/scientific verisimilitude is outstanding.

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