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Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers [Paperback]

Christopher Vogler
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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: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,931 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on other reviews 10 April 2010
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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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nanoprint 18 May 2008
By Bambi
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very useful guide 11 Sep 2008
The writer's journey is a must-read for whoever wants to write a story for any kind of media. Differently from a Syd Field's book, which is more focused on just the screenplay form(and which i recommend too), the writer's journey explores many archetypical elements that are found in any story.
There are also questions to answer throughout the book that will allow you to solve problems or stregthen you story and make it more complete.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 11 Sep 2009
By L. Mors
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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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all wisdom resides in any one school 1 July 2009
By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational advice on how to write a classic 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Able to use tools immediately 27 Oct 2013
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Fascinating and useful tool for writers.
Am already reading books and watching
films with a greater insight. Glad I bought it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! 22 Jun 2013
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I loved this!
I found it via Steven pressfield's website and blog and I'm very glad I made the purchase.
I've already written and published two books but I haven't yet attempted a fiction. This book has really helped me organize my story plan and add depth and shade to both that and my characters. The questions the author poses at the end of each chapter were wonderfully useful for demonstrating the points he makes as well as generating ideas to use in my book.
If you're thinking of writing a book (or screenplay), this is for you. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. Read it. Learn it.
That's all that's to be said if you are interested in deeply understanding how stories are told. It has helped me understand the 12 key stages of the hero's journey clearly as well... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very great book
I have read alot of this book, and it is a very good read. I love the examples Christopher Vogler uses.
Published 1 month ago by Justin
4.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and some incoherence.
If you are a newbie on scripts, this definitely helps you. If you are a pro, it reminds you some rules. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joćo Rei Vilar
5.0 out of 5 stars not a review
It's not a review.
Sorry i though this was delivery review, i wasn't well awake, please delete this.

remove it.
Published 6 months ago by Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep it to hand
You might own a good car but sometimes it helps to look at the manual. A useful guide but beware of some of the generalities.
Published 7 months ago by christopher wallis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastastic Service
I am so happy to have this book. I have to say that the order came speedily and without hiccup. If you are interested in writing of story of any kind you do well to buy this book... Read more
Published 11 months ago by susan gurden
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality!
This is the first book I ever purchase with Amazon and I'm lovin' it!! ♥♥♥ The book is wrapped with heavy 'armour' and totally unscratched during the delivery! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars The story that unfolds every time
For all writers out there this is a must. It is also a lot of fun to watch movies and see this Mythic structure unfold, time and time again.
Published 12 months ago by M B Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars An great book not just for writing... but for life.
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... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alexander Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars It's got a lotta heart
It works, it's clear, it'll help sort the jumbled mess of a story in your head into a readable piece of art on paper.
Best book I've read on story structure. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ava
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