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The Power of the Dark Side: Creating Great Villains, Dangerous Situations, and Dramatic Conflict

The Power of the Dark Side: Creating Great Villains, Dangerous Situations, and Dramatic Conflict
Your Price: $30.50 CDN
Author: Pamela Jaye Smith
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 242
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 1932907432
ISBN-13: 9781932907438

About the Book:

Who doesn't love the Dark Side? Darth Vader, Cruella De Vil, Tony Soprano — everybody loves a great villain. And every story needs dramatic conflict — internal and external — to really resonate. The Power of the Dark Side is a comprehensive, accessible book, which gives you tools to write the most despicable villains.

Conflict is the very heart and soul of drama. Mythologist Pamela Jaye Smith's latest book explores character conflict and a multitude of ways to achieve it:

Defining the Dark Side helps you select and clarify the world view that influences your characters' actions.

The Three Levels of the Dark Side — personal, impersonal, and supra-personal — offer layers of interweaving conflict.

A roll-call of Villains includes Profiles and Suggestions for creating your own versions of reader's bad-to-the bone favorites.

Learn to match Antagonists to Protagonists, and to use the Sliding Scale of Evil.

What people say:

"The Power of the Dark Side is an incredible exploration of the different dimensions of Evil. Pamela Jaye Smith demonstrates once again that she is one of the world's experts, not only on multi-cultural mythology but also on the application of the ideas of archetype, symbol, and cognitive science. While she's written this book with the writer in mind, her exploration of the ideas of evil will be of great value to teachers, therapists, and anyone who deals with people, education, motivation, or persuasion. For writers, it opens up a world of ideas that will help in building more complex antagonists. To have a great hero, you need a great villain. Dark Side delivers far more than you'd expect from one book." — Rob Kall, Publisher of OpEdNews.com and Founder, Storycon

About the Author:

Pamela Jaye Smith is a writer, international consultant and speaker, and award-winning producer/director with over 30 years experience in features, TV, music videos, commercials, documentaries, corporate, and military films. She has 8 years formal training in Comparative Mysticism, was in a military think-tank during the Bill Clinton years, and is a Master Mason in a co-ed Lodge.

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