November 2017 Non-Fiction Oldcastle Books

Writing Diverse Characters for Fiction, TV or Film Lucy V. Hay

Paperback | Nov 2017 | Creative Essentials | 9780857301178 | 224pp | 198x129mm | GEN | AUD$34.99, NZD$39.99

We're living in a time of unprecedented diversity in produced media content, with more characters appearing who are Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT), disabled, or from other religions or classes. What's more, these characters are appearing more and more in genre pieces, accessible to the mainstream, instead of being hidden away in so-called 'worthier' pieces, as in the past. 

Writing Diverse Characters for Fiction, TV or Film discusses issues of all identities with specific reference to characterisation, not only in movies and TV, but also novel writing. It explores:

  • How character role function really works
  • What is the difference between stereotype and archetype?
  • Why 'trope' does not mean what Twitter and Tumblr think it means
  • How the burden of casting affects both box office and audience perception
  • Why diversity is not about agendas, buzzwords, or being 'politically correct'
  • What authenticity truly means and why research is so important
  • Why variety is key in ensuring true diversity in characterisation.

Writers have to catch up. Knowing not only what makes a 'good' diverse character doesn't always cut it; they need to know what agents, publishers, producers and filmmakers, and other creatives are looking for — and why. This book gives writers the tools to create three dimensional, authentic characters... Who just happen to be diverse.