Classic stock characters in fiction

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Classic stock characters in fiction

Postby Billobob » Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:48 am

In this thread the intention is to talk about some classic stock characters that you find in almost every book like for example: the mad scientist, the damsel in distress, or the wise mentor. There a lot more to talk about if anyone wants to.
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Re: Classic stock characters in fiction

Postby portia » Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:24 am

I recently watched CB de Mile's circus movie (The Greatest Show on Earth). Talk about stock characters!!

The tough but tender hearted show boss; the proud and arrogant high wire artist (female) the male high wire artist, also arrogant. The clown hiding out in the circus. . . .
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Re: Classic stock characters in fiction

Postby Billobob » Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:43 pm

portia wrote:I recently watched CB de Mile's circus movie (The Greatest Show on Earth). Talk about stock characters!!

The tough but tender hearted show boss; the proud and arrogant high wire artist (female) the male high wire artist, also arrogant. The clown hiding out in the circus. . . .

Or some others are: The secretly kindhearted badass female warrior, the hidden prince, or the comical bard.
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Re: Classic stock characters in fiction

Postby Chariot Rider » Sun Dec 20, 2015 5:35 pm

Current I am reading the Screwtape letters by C.S. Lewis and I think there is a "wise mentor" mentality that I haven't had with any other character in another book. For those who are not familiar with the Screwtape letters it is essentially a book from the perspective of a demon. Screwtape's nephew wormwood is tempting a min who goes unnamed throughout the novel. The reason I find this to be a special mentor is because Screwtape is evil and Lewis makes that very clear throught the novel. He understands humans for the sole purpose of delivering them to "his father below". So ultimately through Screwtape lewis points out how to be a better Christian and that is why the Screwtape letters is one of my favorite Lewis works and lewis is one of my favorite authors.
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Re: Classic stock characters in fiction

Postby Billobob » Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:35 pm

Yeah I've read that book. Very interesting. But is Screw tape wise or is he merely. Just experienced in the art of temptation?
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Re: Classic stock characters in fiction

Postby Chariot Rider » Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:41 pm

Billobob wrote:Yeah I've read that book. Very interesting. But is Screw tape wise or is he merely. Just experienced in the art of temptation?


I think that both come with time. One does not simply become wise (or would it be anti-wise) immediately and it is the same way with being an experienced tempter. I think it is a "were there is smoke there is fire" sort of thing.
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Re: Classic stock characters in fiction

Postby Billobob » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:53 am

In Horror novels/movies you usually see: the popular girl, the alpha male, main character girl, the chatterbox, and the jokester.
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