• Character

  • The Art of Role and Cast Design for Page, Stage, and Screen
  • By: Robert McKee
  • Narrated by: Robert McKee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited third volume of Robert McKee’s trilogy on the art of fiction.  

Following up his perennially best-selling writers' guide Story and his inspiring exploration of the art of verbal action in Dialogue, the most sought-after expert in the storytelling brings his insights to the creation of compelling characters and the design of their casts.  

Character explores the design of a character universe: The dimensionality, complexity and arcing of a protagonist, the invention of orbiting major characters, all encircled by a cast of service and supporting roles.

©2021 Robert McKee (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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Great substance except for political correctness

McKee creates another great, deep psychoanalytical exploration into the craft of storytelling; this time with character. It’s great he uses his own voice. His ideas are consistent throughout his teachings and he mostly approaches character exploration from an unbiased position. I’ve removed one star because of his saying that white men are “kings” and black people are victims. Signaling that white men should feel shame is in my humble opinion is a toxic political stance that’s deeply subjective, trend based and infused with a subtle yet extremist white feminist agenda for power in western society. Lastly, alternating between the he and she pronoun although well meaning was a little bit disorienting. Otherwise, if you can get over these “woke” tactics the book is full of expertly structured insights into writing character at the highest level professionally.

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I question whether Robert wrote it

I consume of lot of these books. They mostly say the same things. But I like McKee. He's entertaining and has good insights. This book was well worth it. Different perspectives I hadn't considered before.

However, the plethora of mispronounciations has me questioning whether he actually sourced this material or if he just put his name on it. Doesn't really matter. But curious, still.

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Powerful book for any writer

I know I will re-listen to this a couple of times the coming years.

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Reads like a very entertaining psychology book

Absolutely essential reading for the writer or aspiring writer. Pretty good insights for anyone in leadership or interested in human nature as well.

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No stone unturned on character analysis!Thanks RM!

This book is at the top of my collection on Characterization. The examples are illuminating.

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Fantastic Additional Class

Mr. Robert Mckee always knows when to put your mind on what really matters. .

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A “Bible” for fiction writers, screenplay writers, true artists

I solute Robert McKee for his timeless contribution to humanity with this masterpiece. Thank you!

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A must read for every auther and writer!!!

McKee gives masterfully insightful guidance into the delicate art that is crafting characters. If you have not read his other books yet, I strongly recommend that you add them to your personal library!

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You need this

You need his books. If you want “it” you need him. Story is the most vital book of his but this book is also needed to fully grasp. Though I haven’t read his others, I know they are necessary for my full understanding. Good luck. Also you must watch the movie Adaptation which Robert McKee is in.