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The Heroine's Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture by [Gail Carriger]

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Editorial Reviews


"The first book on writing structure that's ever truly resonated for me and made sense of the way my favorite stories work. I've thought back to this book so many times since reading it, and I know I'll be reading it again!"
~ Stephanie Burgis, Author of
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

"I'm not sure how you can just rewire my brain to see the heroine's journey like this and then expect me to make coherent, thought-out comments about the text when
all I want to do is hold it in my twisted little grip while I shove it at people screaming like a madman and pointing at passages."
~ Author Beta Reader

This was incredible. I am in awe of the information, structure, detail, and format. It clearly lays out the bones and framework of a good book, with generous tips and guidance."
~ Lisa R, Beta Reader

"Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series beautifully blends together alternate history, steampunk and paranormal romance into stories that are
witty, engaging and fun."
~ Kirkus (on
Soulless by Gail Carriger)

"Behind the
delightful whimsy and snarky observations, there is a great deal of heart and soul..."
~ RT Book Reviews (
Prudence by Gail Carriger)

"Gail Carriger has the deft storytelling of Jones and the whimsy of Jasper Fforde. It's
fun, fresh, witty, exciting, and is full of dastardly doings and an easy absurdity that leaves a smile on your face."
~ Publishers Weekly Galley Talk (
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger)

From the Author

Writers, have you ever come across that moment when your characters just won't act in the way you want them to? Your story is fighting you? Your plot feels stymied? The pacing seems off? It may be that you think you have scribbled your way along one journey, only you're actually writing the other.

Readers, have you ever felt betrayed by a book, then jumped online to read reviews only to discover, so does everyone else? Had this happen with a TV show or a movie? It may be that everyone hates the ending of that one book, because the author led readers to believe it was one journey and then swapped it at the last minute for another.

It's these kinds of pitfalls I'm hoping to help you avoid. This book should give creators the tools needed to spot the Heroine's Journey in modern pop culture wherever and whenever it appears and analyze its success (or failure).

What interests me particularly is theming and messaging. What can we learn from the heroine's journey about how to best tell a story? How can that knowledge allow us to better influence reader expectations and engender emotional responses in our audience? I'm hoping that this book answers these questions and more, read on.


Gail Carriger

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08D5ZSNRB
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ GAIL CARRIGER LLC; 1st edition (October 1, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 1, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1820 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 324 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 475 ratings

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Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and sexy urban fantasy as G. L. Carriger). Her steampunk books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Supernatural Society, and Delightfully Deadly series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Theory and practice: a major step forward in telling women’s stories, and fun to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a well... journey
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last, an alternative to the Hero's Journey
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2.0 out of 5 stars List-y, not analytical
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 9, 2020
Hayley Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into the heroine’s journey
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 9, 2021
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