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The Power of the Dark Side: Creating Great Villains, Dangerous Situations, & Dramatic Conflict - Pamela Jaye Smith

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

Author: Pamela Jaye Smith
Book title: The Power of the Dark Side: Creating Great Villains, Dangerous Situations, & Dramatic Conflict
ISBN: 1932907432
ISBN13: 978-1932907438
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (May 1, 2008)
Language: English
Category: Movies
Rating: 4.1/5
Votes: 416
Pages: 242 pages
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Conflict is the very heart and soul of drama, and Smith's latest work explores character conflict and the various ways to portray it both in scripts and on the stage.
Reviews: (7)
As a published author I am always looking for resources that can help me improve my writing. Creating viable characters, strong conflicts, tension, and resolution to my works in a way that intrigues and satisfies my readers is a must.

Aside from countless spelling errors, poor grammatical syntax, and many misquoted references pointed out by other reviewers I have to mirror the observations that the one star reviewers have shared.

This book is absolutely useless drivel. I am baffled and perhaps a bit amused that anyone could give it a rating above a single star. In fact I'd go so far as to state that having read this pointless and poorly structured tome, the need for a negative five star system comes to mind.

This book would easily rank negative five given such an option.

I wish that I had taken the time to read the reviews before wasting money on this garbage. The author enjoys sharing abstract observations about books, movies, plays, and political situations that are rather lacking in substance and not related to improving writing or in holding with the alleged subject matter.

I seldom write product reviews as most products do what they advertise to some degree. I may praise a seller, but most of the products that I purchase are as advertised.

This book is absolutely useless to a perspective writer or author unless it is to illustrate the importance of paying attention to reviews and the potential to waste money and time. Those people who found it helpful, great, or insightful are not the sort of writers I would ever wish to read.

Having read this book with hopeful expectations toward some ideas, techniques, or unexplored points on conflict and antagonists that I could apply toward my fourth and soon to be published science fiction series I was disappointed and frankly baffled as to how this book even got published or on the market.

Buyer beware!
I should have read the reviews before I purchased this book. It's horrible, makes no sense, references stuff that is unexplained. It reads more like a conference that was transcribed by a suffering intern or a outline of a book. I was offended when I read this book that someone had the nerve to charge money for this dribble. I advise you to find a different book like Bullies, Bastards and Bitches.
I bought this book with high hopes after reading all the breathlessly enthusiastic reviews that appear here. As soon as it arrived, I set aside some serious time to read it and profit from all the promised help. I started at the beginning and pressed on, looking for all the helpful guidance that other reviewers had mentioned.

By the time I got to page 37, I discovered ... there is no "there" there. Or at least, not for me. Further delving into the book did not improve things.

I honestly have no idea what Pamela Jaye Smith is getting at in this book. It is a catalog of very brief observations of the most superficial nature on a bewilderingly wide array of topics from comparing American foreign policy in Bosnia versus Darfur in one section to discussing arcane aspects of Eastern medicine in another. I would concede that it is a fairly thorough collection (in breadth) of just about anything conceivably touching on the idea of "bad" or "evil" in the world, but it's like opening a Sears catalog without knowing what one wants to buy, and with only the briefest descriptions of the merchandise.

It could be that someone who read all of the entries and mentally digested them might somehow be inspired to pick one particular kind of approach to use -- but what an incredible amount of work to get to that point. And once a specific approach was picked, that person would discover that the book offered only fairly shallow and self-evident suggestions on what to do with that approach.

I prefer books that offer a practical approach that doesn't require learning how to build a complete watch from scratch when I just want to tell the time. For a working writer who is looking for help in making their creative process move ahead more smoothly, this book is not a good candidate, because whatever value there may be in it is just too hard to extract.
great ant
Not really a character analysis more like giving an astrology reading of your villains. I admit most of my dislike comes from misunderstand what the book was so I only gave it two stars and not one.
Although a tad bit on the psychology side it does give insight on creating the perfect villain and or the perfect dangerous situation complete with a glossary of terms and groups.
The Rollers of Vildar
Not my favorite writing reference ever.

1) The author relies heavily on strings of movie names in support of her points, then fails to explain how those movies demonstrate the point in question. The examples provided are useless unless you have seen the movies in question.

2) The book continually references "chakra" terminology (described as "inner drive / center of motivation"), but nowhere does the author offer an overview of the chakra system for the uninitiated.

3) The book meanders off topic. As often as not, the author is discusses how "good guys" display and/or respond to the "dark side" traits, rather than focusing on how to develop really strong villains that will drive a story forward.

4) Finally, one does wish her writing would be less sloppy. Sentence fragments, misplaced modifiers and other symptoms of lazy writing pepper the entire manuscript, and add to the overall impression that the work was not well planned or edited.
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