Misunderstood Characters


Why a misunderstood character can be very useful. Featuring Cheryl Klein and Matt Bird!

Check out Cheryl’s The Magic Words, and Matt Bird’s The Secrets of Story — the best creative writing books of the year. Yes, we’re a bit biased but it’s true!

Mentioned in this episode:

The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults

The Secrets of Story


Ghostbusters’ New Villain Is Straight out of Reddit, and It’s Glorious

Harry Potter

Five Times Severus Snape Was Misunderstood

Spiderman 2’s Dock Ock was just Misunderstood

Hail the Conquering Hero

Pride and Prejudice

Jersey Boys

Wicked’s Elphaba Thropp

Millicent Min, Girl Genius

Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time

Matt’s analysis of How I Met Your Mother


The perception gap in science 

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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 “Misunderstood Characters”

  1. Daniel Sturman September 2, 2016 at 11:04 am #

    I only just discovered this podcast and I already know I am going to love-love-love it.

    I’m an (attempting) writer of musicals so the reference to Jersey Boys warmed my heart.

    Keep up the great work.

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