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The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition 3rd Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I am a huge fan of Joseph Campbell's work, and this is the most digestible and relatable version that I've encountered. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Andrew Tucker
Cr@p book. So "poetic" it loses track of its point. Waste of time and money.Published 1 month ago by E. Hightower
. . .what your creative writing teachers never taught you. Thank you for a good read and reference.Published 2 months ago by Nancy J. Smith
This was the only book that helped me get through one of my screenwriting classes. I am not saying that it is the best book out there, but it is the only one that helped me through... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Geekery15
Writers must keep this book close by for handy reference, deepening their insight into characters' processes, actions, and motivations.Published 2 months ago by Mary Frances Carney
A must-read for anyone who wants to be a writer or storyteller. As Robert McKee would say, "storytelling is about archetypes, not stereotypes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joseph T. Cunningham