Character Types: The Damsel in Distress

Daniel’s decided he has better things to do in life, so Anna moves out from behind the camera to discuss the damsel in distress character type with Josiah. Is the damsel in distress a worn stereotype that should just be thrown out, or is it possible for even a damsel in distress to be a compelling character? We tackle this question and more in this video!

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The Mentor

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Josiah DeGraaf started reading when he was four, started writing fiction when he was six and hasn’t stopped doing either ever since. After growing up with seven younger siblings, he eventually found himself graduated and attending Patrick Henry College, where he plans on majoring in literature with a minor in pedagogy (it’s a fancy Greek word for education).
Someday, Josiah hopes to write fantasy novels that have worlds as imaginative as Brandon Sanderson’s, characters as complex as Orson Scott Card’s, character arcs as dynamic as Jane Austen’s, themes as deep as Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s, and stories as fun as Wayne Thomas Batson’s. Plans for obtaining those impossible goals include listening to a lot of Hans Zimmer, ignoring college work so that he can find time to write, and avoiding coffee at all costs.
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  1. Love it, guys. Great work, as always. I can’t wait for the next video— sounds extremely interesting. This is very much a great discussion.
    And what’s wrong with Let it Go???? It’s loads of fun to sing— all those high notes and long holds. What’s not to love???
    And no, that was not sarcasm. 😀

  2. I’m pretty sure that is the hardest any of your videos have ever made me laugh.
    I always thought the Damsel is Distress was a ridiculously overused stereotype, but you made some good points. There are some female characters I hadn’t thought of as damsel in distress up until now just because they tried to take action. This was great! I can’t wait for the next!

  3. This is hilarious, not to mention informative and helpful! I love the beginning scene; it’s so true. “A good princess waits for the prince.” 😛

  4. Yeah, Anna. You get to be in front of the camera. Got to do this, #bringAnnaback. 🙂
    Awesome video though, I wrote a story recently with the damsel in distress as my main character. It was loads of fun to do. 😀
    Can’t wait till the next video. Keep up the great work.

    • Lol, yes! I’ll be passing that along to her and Daniel. 😉 Glad to hear that using that character for your MC worked so well! We definitely need some more good examples of this in fiction.

  5. LOL! This is great. XD Awesome job, y’all! The theatrics at the beginning were my favorite. xD

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