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Happy Birthday, Hermann Hesse!

Hermann Hesse

Happy Birthday, Hermann Hesse! “The little fellow has a life in him, an unbelievable strength, a powerful will, and, for his four years of age, a truly astonishing mind. How can he express all that? It truly gnaws at my life, this internal fighting against his tyrannical temperament, his passionate turbulence … God must shape […]

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Beta & Gamma: Gilbertine & Reggie – Hybrid Characters

Hybrid Characters

Beta & Gamma Characters and Hybrids: Alternatives to Alphas Part 10: Gilbertine & Reggie – Hybrid Characters (and a Word on Warrior Poet Gammas) I can’t let go of gamma characters without touching on Hybrid Characters and the evolution of the warrior-poet archetype. His roots are in the Irish Fianna, an ancient society of professional protectors of […]

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Beta & Gamma Characters – Angus MacGyver

Angus MacGyver

Beta & Gamma Characters and Hybrids: Alternatives to Alphas Part 9: The Sensitive, Adaptive Outlaw Gamma Character – Angus MacGyver Angus MacGyver another gamma character, represents the more socially adaptive side of Jack Sparrow. But peel back the surface and one finds the two are highly similar. He too often makes up his plans as […]

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Beta & Gamma Characters – Captain Jack Sparrow

Jack Sparrow

Beta & Gamma Characters and Hybrids: Alternatives to Alphas Part 8: The Outlaw Gamma Character – Captain Jack Sparrow On the other side of the coin, we have the quintessential outlaw gamma character, Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise — and an ideal kind of character for fantasy or magic realism. […]

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Beta & Gamma Characters – Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Beta & Gamma Characters – Mary Poppins Beta & Gamma Characters and Hybrids: Alternatives to Alphas Part 7: The Gamma Character as Protagonist – Mary Poppins The Gamma character is a fairly recent arrival, relative to alpha and beta characters, who have been around for centuries. But while he or she is almost certainly a […]

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Beta & Gamma Characters – Bless the Beasts and Children

Bless the Beasts and Children

Beta & Gamma Characters – Bless the Beasts and Children Bless the Beasts and Children follows a group of six teenage boys who share a cabin at a residential summer camp in the western mountains. The camp seems to be designed for parents who want their sons to be as “tough” and macho as possible. […]

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Why I Like C. S. Lewis: An Interview With Robby Charters

C. S. Lewis

Why I Like C. S. Lewis: An Interview With Robby Charters Please welcome my next author, Robby Charters: I’m Robby Charters, age 60. Still very young. Next year I’ll turn 16. And I’m slightly dyslexic… Genres you write or enjoy: I mostly like science fiction. Of late, I’ve been paying attention to a few books outside […]

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Beta & Gamma Characters – The Bremen Town Musicians

The Bremen Town Musicians

Beta & Gamma Characters – The Bremen Town Musicians The idea of a team of betas working together to save the day is nothing new. It goes back at least to the tale of the Bremen Town Musicians. It’s the tale of four farm animals: a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster, who […]

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Beta & Gamma Characters: Suzy Hendrix in “Wait Until Dark”

Suzy Hendrix

Beta & Gamma Characters and Hybrids: Alternatives to Alphas Part 3: The Handicapped Beta: Suzy Hendrix in “Wait Until Dark” Let’s go further. What happens when someone, such as a physically disabled/challenged individual, whose life does not have the same level of comfort and predictability to begin with, is challenged further by menacing forces from […]

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Beta & Gamma Characters: Roger O. Thornhill in “North by Northwest”

Thornhill

Beta & Gamma Characters and Hybrids: Alternatives to Alphas Part 2: Roger O. Thornhill in “North by Northwest” –  the Resourceful Beta Beta heroes might be anything but heroic at the start. From my perspective, the greatest, most resourceful, most intelligent, and interesting beta hero is Roger O. Thornhill of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. […]

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