10 Public Domain Characters That Are Overdue For A Reboot

Some older fictional characters turn up again and again and again: Count Dracula and his foes, Victor Frankenstein, Dorothy Gale and the denizens of Oz. But Western literature's public domain is filled with excellent characters, many who deserve a bit more limelight. » 1/21/15 10:16am 1/21/15 10:16am

How the novelizations of your favorite TV and movies get made

How novels turn into TV and movies is pretty well understood, but just how do stories make that reverse leap from our screens to the page? And could your novel, that one you have patiently gathering digital dust on your hard drive, be next? » 1/20/14 4:20pm 1/20/14 4:20pm

​Is our love of character reboots killing our creativity?

Is our love of character reboots a source of creative inspiration, that lets us re-imagine and reinvigorate our favorite stories? Or is it a symptom of a progressively timid nostalgia that comforts us with the familiar (but this time, with more lens flare)? » 1/08/14 7:00am 1/08/14 7:00am

The Ever-Changing Role of Doctor Who's Human Companions

Doctor Who has changed a lot over the years, including its format and its setting. But one of the biggest changes might be the nature of the show's companions, from protagonists to sidekicks... and back again. » 12/26/13 4:20pm 12/26/13 4:20pm

Which Fictional Characters Would Make the Worst Friends?

Some of the characters we meet in books or TV are folks we can easily imagine hanging out with for an afternoon. But then there are those we're grateful are stuck safely behind the fourth wall. Which fictional characters do you think would make the worst friends? » 11/06/13 7:00am 11/06/13 7:00am

What On-Screen Characters Are Secretly Terrible at Their Jobs?

Sorry, movie paleontologist brushing aside a light layer of dust to reveal a fully articulated Velocirapter fossil, we're on to you. Today, we want to know your picks for the most egregious examples of bad on-screen work habits. » 10/29/13 7:10am 10/29/13 7:10am

What character are you embarrassed that you love?

We all have one: a character from an otherwise great piece of media who is obnoxious or horrible in some way. Is there a character that you don't usually admit to liking? Confess your terrible character love here. We'll understand. » 5/19/13 10:00am 5/19/13 10:00am

Which literary character is most frequently portrayed on screen?

Having appeared 254 times in film and television, Sherlock Holmes is, according to the Guinness World Records, the most frequently portrayed human literary character. But he's not the most frequently portrayed of all literary characters; the one who holds the top slot isn't human. » 5/19/12 3:30pm 5/19/12 3:30pm

Police composite software makes realistic portraits of literary…

We all use the physical descriptions of literary characters to form an image of how that character might look, but what if you translated these portraits using police software? In his portrait series The Composites, Brian Joseph Davis uses law enforcement composite software to see determine how these characters… » 3/18/12 1:00pm 3/18/12 1:00pm

Good Character Development Includes The All-Important "F*@% Yeah" Moment

What makes you invest in a character? Is it when you understand their motivations, or glimpse their all-too-human foibles? When they have rich, multi-layered relationships? Sure, those things all help. But what really helps is the all-important "f*@% yeah" moment. » 3/29/10 6:18pm 3/29/10 6:18pm

How To Start A Novel So It'll Grow Into A Compelling Series

Fantasy author Gwenda Bond points us to a fascinating discussion among novelists: How much planning do you put in before you start a novel? And raises a related question: what makes a great book series? » 4/08/09 3:30pm 4/08/09 3:30pm

Science Fiction Loves "The Man"

Science fiction offers writers a blank palette of creation when it comes to creating new worlds, technologies, and possibilities. However, when it comes to naming those characters, sometimes those writers fall spectacularly short. Case in point: all of the characters with the surname "man." Check out our list of… » 1/09/08 11:20am 1/09/08 11:20am