13.27: Characters as Foils
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Amal, and Maurice
A foil is a character who serves as a contrast to another character. The foil might be a sidekick, an antagonist, a romantic interest, or really any other character who gets enough focus for the contrast to be useful.
In this episode we talk about foils, offering examples, and our approaches for writing foils in our own work.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Andrew Twiss, and mastered by Alex Jackson, neither of whom serves as a foil to the other.
Homework: Add a foil to a Shakespearean soliloquy. Alternatively, remove the foil from a famous comedy routine.
Thing of the week: Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA, by Amy Shira Teitel, narrated by Laurence Bouvard
Also, “Girl Hours,” a poem by Sofia Samatar.
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