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: STATUS LADDER
One useful method of measuring the dissolution of the Old Self during the Road of Trials is to watch the Hero's status. As the Hero adapts and is accepted into the New World, so his or her status in it rises until he or she becomes a leader.
In Thelma and Louise (1991), Thelma eventually eclipses Louise and takes charge.
In The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Andy Dusfresne becomes the guards' accountant.
In When Harry met Sally (1989), Harry goes from being an unacknowledged acquaintance to a lover.
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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