Review: The Mythic Guide to Characters by Antonio del Drago

The Mythic Guide to Characters is a book which looks at character creation with a different perspective to a lot of writing advice. It looks at various different ways that personality types have been categorised in the context of real people, and examines how this can be applied to fictional characters. In each case, examples from well-known fictional creations, including Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, are used to illustrate how personality types can be applied to fictional characters.

Different facets of character design are examined, from the most internal to the way characters approach challenges and interact with others. The book is well structured and well paced, with the ideas presented logically and fully explained using clear, concise language.

Physical aspects of characters are also addressed, with an explanation of how physical attributes focused upon should be those most important to the story and why, though mental and emotional facets of the character are, rightly, the main focus of the book.

I found The Mythic Guide to Characters useful in that it challenges the way I think about and construct characters, and I can heartily recommend it. Indeed I’ve put it on my favourites tab on my Kindle so I can refer to it again. I rate it a well deserved 10/10; I can find no fault with it.

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