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Bizarre but true,
This review is from: Story (Hardcover)
If you read Joseph Campbell's "Hero of a Thousand Faces", you'll come across the notion of an archetypal story structure; a structure that runs through mythologies and theologies the world over. Same structure, similar stories, time after time. If you then read McKee, you discover the very same structure, although it is very evident that McKee has come to the same conclusion quite separately, not by studying Greek and South American myths, but by studying Hollywood.
Even more weird, if you study Freud or even more, Jung you will discover other similar structures that are frequently repeated; archetypes of character and of process; the struggle, and the overcoming of difficulty to reach some new plateau.
Turns out that the structure of Story and the Structure of Myth and the structure of psychological transformation are all the same structure.
This is why McKee's theories work so well; because they are at the very heart of why we like stories; why we go to the cinema; why all this fictional nonsense matters so much. Even so, the book is no a patch on the seminar, when McKee's blind swearing passion about Story comes out with utter clarity. He comes to London about once a year. If you care about fiction, go see him. If you can't go see him, read the book (imagine it narrated by a crotchety, dogged, angry old American).