The Hero's Journey (also known as the Monomyth) is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. It is upon this structure that situations are superimposed. This is why stories such as Alien (1979), Gladiator (2000), Godfather (1972), American Beauty (1999), Annie Hall (1977) and many others (all deconstructed at www.clickok.co.uk/index4.html) appear to be different but are all constructed, almost sequence by sequence, in the same way.
The following blockbusters have all been structured around the Hero's Journey template: Titanic, 1997 - grossed over $600,000,000; Star Wars, 1977 - grossed over $460,000,000; Shrek 2, 2004 - grossed over $436,000,000; ET, 1982 - grossed over $434,000,000; Spiderman, 2002 - grossed over $432,000,000. So how come you don't know it inside out?
For a number of very valid reasons, if you want to write (and sell) successful stories, whether they're Hollywood blockbusters, Indie successes, novels or other story forms, you need to master the Hero's Journey in a very detailed way...
HERO'S JOURNEY TIP OF THE DAY: AT LEAST TWO NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES
The Hero undergoes at least two Near Death Experiences. There are multiple functions of this, but one is: After the first, the Hero loses the fear of losing the Old Self. After the second, the Hero is reborn into the New Self.
In Platoon (1986), Taylor nearly dies in his first encounter with Charlie and in the final battle with them.
In Gorillas in the Mist (1988), Dian is initially attacked by the silverback and later confronts the French buyer and official.
In Scarface (1983), Tony initially battles the Colombians and then faces another form of death when he is arrested.
If you're a serious writer and want to be able to sell your work, you need to understand the Complete 188+ stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth) in its entirety. You also need a good understanding of the Process of Transformation.
If you haven't already done so, you can buy our 188+ Hero's Journey template, Transformation Advanced Worksheets, Advanced Hero's Journey Plots and more at http://www.clickok.co.uk/index4.html
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Advanced worksheets include:
Coming of Age
Return of the Prodigal Son
Return to Claim a Lost Kingdom
Freedom from Oppression
The Corruption of an Innocent
Damsel in Distress
Enemies become Partners
Fountain of Youth
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