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Bullies, Bastards & Bitches: How To Write The Bad Guys Of Fiction (2008)

by Jessica Page Morrell(Favorite Author)
3.96 of 5 Votes: 4
ISBN
1582974845 (ISBN13: 9781582974842)
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English
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Writer's Digest Books
review 1: Bullies, Bastards and Bitches is a The Bible of writing bad boy (and girl) fiction. Not a quick read, Morrell's book gives detailed instruction with examples from contemporary and classic fiction.No one-dimensional super villains for editor and writing teacher Morrell. She explains the difference between anti-heroes, antagonists, villains and super-villains. and has separate chapters on Sociopaths, Bitches, Monsters, Creatures and Lost Souls, and Bad guys for Young Readers.Did I say Bible? Make that an encyclopedia, a must have on every writer's shelf.
review 2: As far as writing books go, this was a great idea that I thought was poorly executed. I was hoping for a book on helpful tips for fleshing out potentially iconic antagonists. The examples from this bo
... moreok of "bad guys" consist largely of the one dimensional and/or cliche villain types found in the likes of Janet Evanovich's books. It can get the job done if you just need to have a throwaway villain for a book or two, but if you're trying to tell a story with well balanced dramatic tension and bad guys you will remember beyond the last page of your book, look elsewhere. less
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Logan
Wonderful book for writers that want to really getting what makes the villans of fiction so evil.
jennifer
This book has great advice for making complex, not-always-so-nice characters.
Fereshteh
A good tool to have in one's "how to write fiction" arsenal.
ignaciolwr
great book for fleshing out compelling villains
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