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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Production; Third Edition edition (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193290736X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907360
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Writer's Journey, 2nd edition" shook up Hollywood by becoming a best-seller among writers everywhere. Now - after nine years Vogler is back with a new edition that will reawaken established writers and inspire a new generation of screenwriters with fresh insights on creating great stories. An indispensable guide to the inner workings of stories, to the ancient and deep-seated patterns of emotion that speak to us through the symbolic language of myth. It applies the classic principles of Joseph Campbell's, "The Hero's Journey" to modern storytelling.In "The Writer's Journey, 3rd Edition" Christopher Vogler, one of Hollywood's most renowned story consultants and teachers, expands his vision to show how storytelling evolved from sacred rituals and how its inexhaustible powers can be adapted to the needs of modern storytellers. New chapters on conflict, polarization, and catharsis add dimensions to the core material of "The Writer's Journey" that is now the most widely used book in the movie, TV, publishing, and computer gaming industries.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Carl Radley on 10 April 2010
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This was recommended by Amazon, based on purchase history. Customer reviews were good so I bought it.
This is probably the best book I've bought on writing. It's clear in its structure and if this is used by the "big boys and girls" for templating, then it will definately help the rest of us.

It covers screen and novel writing in equal measure, since the templates can easily be applied to both.
Even if you are a writer already, compare the template ideas to what you've written already. Watch some of the films he recommends and see how they compare with the ideas in this book.

Great buy. Wish I'd got it years ago!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ross on 7 Feb. 2014
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Our world is overflowing with clumsy and turgid texts that barely reward the effort of reading. What we all need is less pap and more pudding. We need stories that nourish and inspire us. We need stories that lift the soul to those enchanted and eternal realms from which we can return refreshed, filled with zest to revitalize and revamp the world of everyday cares. But writing those stories is a challenge.

Christopher Vogler knows this. His inspirational guide to ambitious writers of all kinds, but especially those who burn to write classic novels and screenplays, has surely lit the flame of many a soul that might otherwise have gone out in the weary climb to fame and fortune. Both in book publishing and in Hollywood, the road to stardom is long and hard. A writer needs a guide like this to light the way.

The book is replete with references to classics old and new that show how to do the job. The mythic structure Vogler reveals behind those classics is eternal, and even writers of Hollywood comedies can learn a lot from it, and doubtless have in the years since his book appeared. The frontispiece illustrations for the chapters in the third edition are beautiful. They set the tone for the chapters quite delightfully.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Bambi on 18 May 2008
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The book is terrific but just a warning for those who are a bit short-sighted - the print is very small and very pale - in contrast to the earlier, heavy-type editions. Don't know what the publisher was thinking of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Kay on 25 Mar. 2013
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As someone interested in telling stories through a variety of media, reading this book opened my eyes to the patterns in all stories that are both present and yet not always seen.

Christopher Vogler writes of his storytelling theories with an air of intellectual sophistication that is never pompous, but insightful and inspiring. Vogler uses examples from Fairy-tales, Greek Theater, Philosophy, Classic and Modern Cinema and even the Human body, amongst others, to convey the fundamental notions contained in all good stories. He successfully takes subjects that any reader might not necessarily be interested in: (e.g. in my personal case: Philosophy and Greek Theater) making them totally relevant to the art of storytelling. Above all Vogler's writing style is accessible, making this book a deep but enjoyable read.

Any book you can walk away from feeling inspired and better educated by is a good one in my view, and this one is no exception. The best part is: you don't even have to be a screenwriter to fully appreciate the brilliance of Vogler's work, as he makes clear in the book itself, The Writer's Journey is not just applicable to story-writing (in all media) but to life in general, putting events and people one encounters in every day life into a relatable context... just like the best told stories.

Overall, an essential buy for both writers, and just about anyone who fancies an intellectually stimulating read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Mors on 11 Sept. 2009
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This is certainly one of THE texts to be read by any budding scripwriter, or anyone with an interest in story structure as a whole. As you will read in other reviews this book can also be connected to ones own life and the obstacles we all face. Some of you may wonder if this is worth reading as you want to write something different not subscribing to the usual '3 act structure', but this book can be perceived as one of the 'rule books' of (script)writing, and you can only break the rules once you know what they are!
Highly recommended
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 July 2009
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If you are interested in becoming a writer, it helps to read several of these books. Having already read Story, and gone to a seminar by Robert McKee, I am interested in reading others because not all wisdom resides in any one school.

Chris Vogler offers fresh and invigorating perspectives, illustrated with fascinating examples from many excellent movies from such as Wizard of Oz. He worked on the screenplay of The Lion King, and I found its derivation from the plot of Hamlet interesting to say the least.

If you're like me the you may appreciate the Metaphor of the Hero's Journey the most. George Lucas in Star Wars follows the mythical blueprint laid down by Jseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
Vogler offers a succinct inspiring explanation and I could imagine myself in the hero's shoes doing what the hero has to do, what we all have to do. Having read this, the familiar patterns of many great movies suddenly became clearer. Additionally the explantion of the common mythical archetypes merits continued reading. For example the trickster appears in both Star Wars, and The Matrix, and you may recognise Darth Vader as pure shadow.

Many movies start in the Ordinary World, and then there is the call to adventure. Often the hero is reluctant to make a change, so then we have the next stage which is refusal of the call. Eventually we move into the Special world, and in SW and The Matrix our hero joins the rebels and starts to develop special abilities. Another good example of this is Wanted with Angelina Jolie.

He uses over 100 well known movies as examples to illustrate his points, including Titanic. I truly appreciate these insights. Perhaps the most interesting insight for me personally is the idea of polarity or conflict.
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