Monday, March 23, 2015

The Hero With a Thousdand Faces

Today's Book Recommendation is The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell.

This required reading for anyone who wants to write. It examines heroic myths in the light of modern psychology while considering the mythological patterns and stages they evoke. As well as their relevance to our lives today. It breaks down what Campbell calls the Hero's Journey into its stages and the major plot points that those stages tend to revolve around. This examination of mythology was one of the biggest inspirations for the Star Wars trilogy. It was reported that Lucas and Campbell became very good friends. Campbell's tv series The Power of Myth was reportedly filmed at Skywalker Ranch.

I have always been interested in mythology, particularly greek mythology, and this collection was recommended to my by a teacher. As I said it should be required reading for anyone seeking to write any sort of narrative story. While you might not find all the beats of the journey in every story, you will find pieces of them.

Mythology was the first form of story telling and Campbell points out how these stories are still prevalent today. After reading this I even noticed some of the motifs in comic books. Superman would be like a modern Hercules while I would say Batman is our worlds Odysseus.

There are a lot of lessons that we can take from mythology and this book serves as a fountain of study for seasoned mythologists and newbies a like. Check it out!

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