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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; 3rd edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193290736X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907360
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

See why this book has become an international best seller and a true classic. The Writer's Journey explores the powerful relationship between mythology and storytelling in a clear, concise style that's made it required reading for movie executives, screenwriters, playwrights, scholars, and fans of pop culture all over the world. The updated and revised third edition provides new insights and observations from Vogler's ongoing work on mythology's influence on stories, movies, and man himself.
--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

About the Author

Christopher Vogler is a veteran story consultant for major Hollywood film companies and a respected teacher of filmmakers and writers around the globe.

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Christopher Vogler is a veteran story consultant for major Hollywood film companies and a respected teacher of filmmakers and writers around the globe.

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This book is a must read for aspiring writers.
Aaron U. Bolin
This book is very useful; I would consider How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling as a complement.
David
Christopher Vogler has taken Campbell's ideas of myths and story-telling and expanded upon them in this book, "The Writer's Journey."
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Kort TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2007
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As a fan of Joseph Campbell and amateur writer, this book really appeals to me. It is more than just a how-to for aspiring novelists, it is a how-to for life. It is geared toward the writing of novels and stories with human drama and interaction, which makes it a bit more specialized. If you want a more general but very good reference for writing in general, then I recommend Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers (8th Edition) (MyCompLab Series) -- it is worth it's weight in gold.

Back to the book at hand. Christopher Vogler's 3rd edition TWJ is actually a very compelling read rather than a dry textbook sort of how-to. It is a very clear and readable application of J. Campbell's theories about the mythic structure in film and book. The inclusion of the 6 Star Wars movies and their epic story arc makes for very interesting reading too. Delving into this book reveals ways to better create strong characters with depth and substance that will help set any story apart. Its study of mythology gives it a strong classical foundation from which a writer can draw upon in the creation of their own epic sagas.

The author has worked on such films as The Thin Red Line, Fight Club, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast so have no doubt that he knows his stuff, and presents in well in this 365 page gem. Vogler shows you how to go beyond the normal everyday writing (emails, letters, articles, etc.) to tackle the daunting task of structuring a novel that is thousands of words in size.

If you have yet to publish a novel but are an aspiring writer, add this to your list of required reads. If you are a fan of Joseph Campbell and myth, or even just interested in the mysteries of life and human interaction, then this book will not let you down. The iconic woodcut illustrations were a nice touch as well.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Zachary S. Houp on September 29, 2007
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From page one, Christopher Vogler evidences his sincere passion for the theories of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung. This is his book's greatest asset. Even in the introduction, he reflects on the applicability of the "Hero's Journey" to everyday life, rendering what is otherwise a mere literary and mythological structure into a life philosophy that will certainly have the capacity to assuage those readers who may find themselves, from time to time, in "the belly of the beast" or among any number of "threshold guardians." Moreover, Vogler establishes himself early on as an expert, occupying countless positions in Hollywood and particularly in Disney's animation department.

But regardless of his passion and his experience, Vogler does not transform his book into anything but a watered-down rehash of Joseph Campbell's theories. Yes, these theories may prove more relevant to the layman since Vogler elects to justify the Hero's Journey through contemporary examples rather than Campbell's esoteric myths; he frequently refers to a small cache of pop culture films to illustrate each of the hero's faces and stages. However, the reader should never be fooled: this is diluted Joseph Campbell, and Vogler is even so bold as to slightly re-imagine the stages of the journey to fit his own whim. The fault of the book is that "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" is such an accessible masterwork, with ideas so cogent and convincing, that a book like Vogler's--which aims to make Campbell's ideas applicable to the writer--seems almost superfluous. In short, there is little for the screenwriter to learn here that he couldn't have learned better and more meaningfully from Campbell.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Fisher on March 24, 2010
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I read half the book and then had to stop because it was becoming counterproductive for my learning process. I have read many good screenwriting books and the hallmark of each was that they gave instruction on the form and left the plot and character decisions up to the would-be screenwriter. Within the Writer's Journey there are several pages of rigid templates(characters and plots) based on "the hero's journey" plot type. I feel like someone is "giving me a fish" rather than "teaching me to fish".

As general book on screenwriting, I feel that this book does a disservice to its readers: it so exclusively favors the Hero's Journey plot type that it conditions the reader to either (a)shoehorn the form of all their plots into some subset of the Hero's Journey or (b) refrain from even beginning to write a plotline that deviates from Hero's Journey.

2 stars (not just one) because the book's approach might help a beginner to find a concrete catalyst for his/her story.

A good alternative to Writer's Journey would be Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need. It's one of my top recommendations for the would-be screenwriter. It outlines a practical approach to screenplay structure but leaves the central character and plot ideas completely up to the screenwriter.
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Originally published in October 1998, "The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers by Christopher Vogler is now available in an updated and expanded third edition and continues to justifiably lay claim to being one of the most relied upon and influential instructional reference works for aspiring writers -- especially screenwriters. Drawing from the late Joseph Campbell's groundbreaking work, Vogler explores the historic and fundamental relationship between modern storytelling and classical mythology, and in the process reveals a set of useful myth-inspired storytelling paradigms, as well as step-by-step guidelines to plot and character development. This newest edition of a writer's reference classic includes a revised chapter that looks back on the 'Star Wars' phenomenon and an analysis of all six of the feature films as an epic on the theme of father-son relationships. There are new illustrations and diagrams providing additional perspectives to mythic principles. Of special note is the final chapter 'Trust the Path', an inspiring call to adventure for those aspiring writers seeking to discover themselves through their writing. A basic component of any personal, professional, academic, or community library basic writing reference collection, "The Writer's Journey" will now be of benefit to a whole new generation of movie executives, screenwriters, playwrights, literary critics, academic scholars, writers of fiction and non-fiction, students of pop culture, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the adaptation of ancient myth to contemporary storytelling.
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