Me and Pat Rothfuss and Amber Benson and Felicia Day Talk About Characters For Roughly an Hour

The headline says it. Here it is. Enjoy.

(This was part of the Geek & Sundry debut, incidentally. Why not watch their shows and subscribe to all of them?)

13 Comments on “Me and Pat Rothfuss and Amber Benson and Felicia Day Talk About Characters For Roughly an Hour”

  1. doylist – Matt Doyle is a freelance writer and game designer who works on fantasy & historical fiction; political, historical, & scientific nonfiction, and LARPs or other game events on a commission basis at 5 cents a word. His political blog is located at
    Matt Doyle

    Really interesting stuff. I especially liked Pat talking about disciplining characters like children.

  2. cartophilus – melbourne, australia – 48, businessman, traveller, semi- luddite, happily partnered up for 17 years, no children by choice, somewhat right wing, anti war but not soldiers, anti religions but not faith, pro cats, scifi, aaron sorkin, and interesting people. ( also really good wine!)

    You know cool, funny. talented people – it must be fun.

    Felicia Day is a goddess and I want to have her babies.

  3. Aw, you made that headline just for me? 8-{D

    I’ll have to wait till later to watch, it sounds interesting

  4. This is a really interesting discussion. I don’t think I could pick a single particular character I like, but I can say the kind of character type I’m drawn to. I like characters that get shit done. They say what needs to be said, they do what needs to be done, they kill the bad guys that need to be killed. They don’t get angsty and whiny about it, they just do it. I suppose that’s why I’m such a big Heinlein fan. Sure his characters are archetypes, but they get shit done.

  5. John P. Murphy – I'm an engineer and writer living in New England. My research background is in robotics and computer security; my writing is primarily science fiction and mystery.
    John P. Murphy

    I cheered when Pat talked about disciplining one’s characters. I appreciate that when writing, characters do tend to do their own thing, but I get so tired of the semi-mystical stuff some authors spout on the subject. The writer needs to be in control, and his analogy to children running around was spot-on.

  6. Do you know if there’s any chance of them releasing the audio of this as a podcast? The discussion sounds awesome, and would be great on the commute!

  7. Stephen A. Watkins – A writer of Fantasy and Speculative Fiction living in Atlanta, Georgia. He's been writing since grade-school, and he's never given up the dream. He continues to juggle his dreams of establishing his writing career, the demands of family life, and working full time. He chronicles the challenges of balancing all these demands on his blog, The Undiscovered Author.
    Stephen A. Watkins

    I’ve got to second the Podcast request. I don’t often have an hour to sit and watch something like this. But commute time behind the wheel, when most of my mind is free to ruminate on other things: that I have aplenty. It sounds like a great conversation… does the visual add anything crucial other than faces to the voices?

  8. Mother protagonists who are their own people? Someone should hand Pat Rothfuss some Bujold; Paladin of Souls, in particular. Rattling around the recent Orange Prize short-lists wouldn’t hurt either. Rare but certainly out there.

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