Here’s something worth getting philosophical about.
It’s made me want to get a copy of the referenced book, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, but aside from that it’s made me take a bit more of a jaundiced look at Night’s Favour. I’m not sure whether total compliance with the generic hero’s journey is what I’m after by any means, but there’s probably a recipe in here for good stories.
That’s what it’s all about, after all.
One of the things I’m a bit uncertain about is how the proposed hero’s journey deals with co-operation, though. Some of the best stories – well, sure, they have a main hero, or a prime point of view, but they also have strong aspects of co-operation. It’s a weakness of stories like Star Wars that it’s basically a guy swinging a lightsaber and doing it on their own.
Contrast with, say, The Wizard of Oz – where it’s very much a group effort, despite being told from Dorothy’s perspective. I reckon we can all have our independant heroic journeys, but some of the best stories out there show a group of heroes working together (Avengers says hi).
Not much editing yesterday as I was in bed with a fever of about 200, sweating through the sheets, so perhaps reading this article in that condition wasn’t putting my best foot forward. Still, it probably added some colour.
See you tomorrow.