The Writer's Journey

The Writer's Journey

Mythic Structure for Writers

Book - 2007
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This edition of the well-known text on the connection between mythology and storytelling contains a revised chapter on the Star Wars series, new illustrations and diagrams, and new chapters (presented in the appendices) on life force operating in stories, the mechanism of polarity in storytelling, the wisdom of the body, catharsis, and other concepts. The book is meant for all types of writers and outlines guidelines for plot and character development, focusing on character archetypes and the stages of a "hero's journey," drawn from Jungian psychology and the mythic studies of Joseph Campbell. Vogler uses movies to give examples throughout. He is a story consultant for Hollywood film companies and teaches filmmakers and writers around the world.
Publisher: Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions, [2007]
Edition: 3rd ed
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781932907360
Branch Call Number: 808.23 VOGLER
Characteristics: xxxii, 407 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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Feb 17, 2016

Christopher Vogler teaches the art of the screenplay using the concepts of Carl Jung as reflected in "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell.

On first impression, "The Writer's Journey" struck me as a reiteration of the familiar, just recapping what's been said before by Jung. But then I was moved to write down the 12 stages/3 acts of the narrative pattern; after all every storyteller from the oral-tradition fairytales to Shakespeare used it.

There's more here about "Star Wars" than I wanted to read, but the section on Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" contains the most succinct explanation of the postmodern mind I've ever read. The appendix "Stories Are Alive" was worth wading through the Lucas stuff to get to.


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