Character Types

P+PYou know the aphorism that there are only seven basic plots in the world?

There are also, therefore, a limited amount of character types, particularly in romance. I have started writing a new project, and am consulting The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines, which was mentioned at a workshop at the recent New Jersey Romance Writers’ Conference some of us attended last month.

My heroine is the Spunky Kid–loyal, a team player, witty, and with, obviously, spunk. The hero is the Bad Boy, an irresistibly alluring man with a bad attitude, and a chip on his shoulder. He mistrusts everyone-until they win his loyalty.

It’s been fun to browse through the book and read about the types of people who could come alive in the pages of my writing, and also to see what examples the authors cite as to certain character type pairings. I am not normally one for using reference books, but this really seems to have hit a chord with me, and I am excited to use it for plotting this, and future, books.

Do you find yourself wanting to read about a certain type of hero or heroine? The librarian, the seductress, the charmer, the best friend, the chief, or some other type?

(Darcy here is the Chief).

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5 Responses to Character Types

  1. Myretta says:

    You made pull this book of my shelf. Thanks!

  2. megan says:

    I had no idea Elena wrote about archetypes and the same book on Thursday! Egg on face, Elena. And–how cool! Great minds think alike.

  3. Lesley A. says:

    I read and enjoyed both Elena’s and your post, Megan! I have to say that both of you used some images that captured my attention! Darcy in the bath…lovely, lovely…

    I have not seen the Heroes & Heroines book yet, but I will certainly check it out soon. Since this article relates to the earlier Avengers article, I will continue in that vein. I think I like the charmer (Loki?), the librarian (wallflower stories), the best friend and the lost soul (definitely Loki) as a pair.

  4. Her Grace says:

    I love novels where the heroine is an Engenue–a young lady on the cusp of adulthood. I love how she discovers the world (for good or bad). Seen through her eyes, everything is fresh and new.

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