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am 25. Dezember 2013
The book is not really that bad. It gives a broad overview over the different layers of character creation and certainly might be entertaining and a tad helpful for novice screenplay writers who never have given thought to the process of character creation.

However, its usefulness for everyone else stops right there. Though Seger assures that the principles used in the book are universally applicable, I strongly disagree. For example, she claims with a violence that backstory is not important, and that a character telling her story is boring - which might be true for screenplays, but certainly not for novels, at least not to the same extent, in my experience. There are more of those claims that I felt to be a bit too absolute to be truly universally applicable.

Furthermore, she illustrates those principles with case studies and examples from movies and TV series, assuming that the reader is familiar with the characters and themes and not bothering to explain at least in broad strokes. Born in Germany 1981, I knew virtually none of the dropped US TV series and was forced to google all of them to understand what she was talking about.

Most of the rest of the book consists of anecdotes and interviews with known screenplay writers. Thought that seems the favourite way of teaching and learning for US creatives, I personally find it very confusing, unstructured and not helpful (though entertaining).

Bottom line: if you are a US screenplay writer looking for general information on character creation, this book might be for you. If you're a novelist and/or from any other country and look for a basic, working, step-by-step instruction for building characters, go buy "Plot vs. Character" by Jeff Gerke.
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am 14. Mai 2000
This book is geared mainly for screenwriting, but it can be useful for novelists and short story writers as well. Linda Seger discusses character backstory, relationships with supporting characters, dialogue, and so on. Plus, there are interviews with today's leading writers across the spectrum. Her narrative is clear and easy to understand, with plenty of examples of both good and bad writing. Even though I'm not a screenwriter, I found this book very useful and entertaining.
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am 23. März 2000
Dr. Seger's book focuses on one of the most enjoyable and also one of the most difficult jobs of a storyteller: creating strong, believable, "one of a kind" characters. She shows you how to avoid the pitfalls of stereotyping, how to make even minor characters interesting, and how to add believable complexity. I think any writer who works with original characters would benefit from this book. Dr. Seger gives clear examples and is easy to understand without talking down to the reader. It is the kind of book you find yourself using over and over.
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am 20. Dezember 1998
As an aspiring writer, I have quite a collection of reference material, and outside of my Thesaurus, this is the most important book I have. Ms Seger gives a fantastic guide to character development, which in my mind is key to great writing. No one will care about the plot if they don't care about the characters, and following this book, the audience will care about the characters.
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Linda Seger gives screenwriters the tools to write vivid, well developed characters with this book. I recommend it to all my screenwriting students! Marisa D'Vari, author, Script Magic.
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am 24. März 2000
Thankyou for this book. I am a screen and television writer. In the last six months it has been an enormous pleasure to first discover Linda Segers books and then to sit under her teaching in person and hear her lecture this past Feb. in Toronto, Ont. when she taught at the Guilds. Her insights, intuitive nature, her ability and grasp of story ..both through book and in person is a highly trained gift and a guide to those of us finding our way in the world of story. I strongly recommend any work she does in book form or lecture and look forward to reading more from her.
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am 31. Oktober 1999
This is one of the finest books I've ever read on the crafting of fiction. It's not just for screenwriters, but also for those who develop any form of creative writing. Along with 'Making a Good Script Great', I'd highly recommend Dr. Seger's books as a terrific asset to any fiction writer's shelf.
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am 30. Oktober 2014
viele kapitel sollten von den deutschen regisseuren zu kenntnis genommen werden, wie etwa das kapitel zu stereotypen und so weiter
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