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The Writer's Journey (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. März 1999

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Beginning life as a seven-page memo to Hollywood studios, The Writer's Journey was first published in 1992 as a guide for screenwriters concerned with classically organic structure and development within their work, based on the ideas of the mythologist Joseph Campbell. Unsurprisingly it was voraciously devoured, so much so that this is a second revised and expanded edition which also considers recent blockbusters such as Titanic, Pulp Fiction, The Lion King and The Full Monty in relation to its theories. The book is essentially a distillation of Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which the author considers myth and storytelling as a definable framework that renders a narrative instructive and psychologically true. Vogler, applying this idea, and with frequent recourse to Carl Jung, has developed a 12-stage cycle which he believes is inherent in all good drama if manipulated to fit the writer's intent. And, for the most part, he is correct.

Using auteurs such as Hitchcock and Spielberg and classic films, notably The Wizard of Oz and the Star Wars trilogy, Vogler demonstrates how much mainstream Hollywood has absorbed the tenets of mythic structure into its thinking. As with most "this will change your life" proclamations, when his ideas are themselves distilled they come down to a fundamental few, which are nuggets of wisdom. The main body of the book is written as a step-by-step guide to the "hero's journey" in accessibly short paragraphs, each chapter concluding with a series of questions for the reader to consider about their own work. If your ambition lies beyond becoming the next George Lucas then this book may have its limits, but in making conscious the intuitive structure of storytelling Vogler has come up with a valuable text for those moments of structural panic and characterisational chaos that cause all writers' fingers to ttttremble. --David Vincent


Presenting a study of film as storytelling, this book examines how the great works of cinema history have used the principles of myth to create stories which are dramatic, entertaining, and psychologically true. The author looks not only at how outstanding figures from Hitchcock to Lucas, Spielberg and Tarantino have used mythic structure to create powerful stories, but also offers step-by-step guidelines designed to help readers to incorporate effective plot structure and characterization in their own writing. This edition has been updated to include analysis of "Titanic", "The Lion King", "Pulp Fiction" and "The Full Monty".

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Ich habe das Buch in englischer Sprache gekauft, da es deutlich günstiger war.
Vogler beschreibt genau das, was Sie brauchen, wenn Sie einen Roman oder ein Drehbuch schreiben möchten und einen guten Spannungsbogen kreieren wollen, in 12 Schritten. Er kommt gleich zur Sache. Keine ewiges bla bla bla in der Einführung. Weiterhin gibt er Beispiele, z. B. aus Star Wars, die auf jeden Fall einleuchten. Für meine Zwecke ist das Buch grandios :-)
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Are there patterns that all stories have? Is there some secret way of how good stories combine elements again and again to make up the living experience they are ? The answer is: yes.
Illuminative, Christopher Vogler combines insights of C.G. Jung, the swiss psychologist, with the knowledge of the american mythologist Joseph Campell. Vogler, who himself worked a long time for the great Hollywood studios in the story development department, has found that all stories have twelve archetypal phases they normally get through, such as the "Call to Adventure" or the "Meeting with the mentor", or the "Inmost Cave", the "Death and Resurrection" experience.
Also, characters in stories would often wear the mask of a special function they represent, such as Hero, Shadow (villian), shapeshifter, Mentor, Herald etc. .
Vogler uses contemporary Hollywood movies to show that such living archetypal patterns appear in every good story. It must be said that Hollywood itself, after discovering these ways to describe stories, ordered their authors to closely look at Vogler`s book, and today, a great many authors would use the writers Journey as a guide book on their own "Hero`s Journey" to create a good story.
The book emphazises that it is not a stupid pattern to be followed, but a living entity with much room for creativity and individuality.
As is said in the foreword: "This book should come with a warning. It will not teach you about writing good stories only, it will teach you about life." As we are all the heros of our own stories, the hero`s Journey will be a very valuable tool to discover the journeys of your own life, as it has done with me.
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It's a shame this book doesn't have any reviews, because as a buyer, I depend on those. Believe me when I say, it's because the book is so good, so perfect at achieving the intent, it's almost seems unnecessary.

No matter where you are as a writer, you will be able to learn from these ideas and incorporate them into your work. I was amazed to find that I already had some of the points of the 'journey' in my writing instinctively. And that's why it's so helpful. It allows you to draw on the common elements of storytelling within us all, writers and readers.

No matter how good a writer you are, structure is crucial. This book will help you find your way.

After reading the book (and highlighting passages!) I find myself musing over books I've read and movies I've watched-- the good ones that struck a chord-- and finding the journey within.
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When we write, it is a journey and this book deals with the many aspects we glean along the way. It is an excellent choice for those with an interest in writing and those who are already writers. Enjoy the suggestions and have an exciting trip.
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