The Writer's Journey

The Writer's Journey

Mythic Structure for Writers

Book - 2007
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The udated and revised third edition provides new insights and observations from Vogler's ongoing work on mythology's influence on stories, movies, and man himself. The previous two editons of this book have sold over 180,000 units, making this book a 'classic' for screenwriters, writers, and novelists.
Publisher: Studio City, California : Michael Wiese Productions, ©2007.
Edition: Third edition.
ISBN: 9781932907360
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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