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on 20 April 2017
It will take me awhile to finish this book as it's so thought provoking that I need time to reflect on all the golden nuggets before reading the passage again.
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on 12 April 2014
This is a most instructive book,; easy to read and full of useful pointers for the dedicated writer. Worth buying.
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on 28 April 2016
This is a very interesting book. However, since it was sent from the US to me in Belgium I had to pay another 23 euros at arrival. This is ridiculous.
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on 25 May 2016
Great read
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on 10 October 2000
Vogler has a long history of being a top script analyst for Hollywood studios. 'Eeek' you may say but this book really isn't like all the others that try to tell you how and what to write. Rather, The Writer's Journey delves into the strong mythical tradition, via Joseph Campbell, that most stories seem to be based and attempts to extrapolate a few common features to aid the errant script writer as they try to construct a story around the world and characters in their imaginations.
This book's strongest aspect is its twelve point plan of a good story structure which really helps you begin actively thinking about a good story framework and discusses in depth the various archetypes that have populated most stories since human's started telling them.
I strongly recommend the Writer's Journey to anyone who is trying to write a screenplay or a novel - it really is thought provoking and helpful without the usual didacticism usually found in books of this kind.
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on 11 December 2008
So you thought the guys that fought dragons lived in books, times they are a changing - we are and do it all the time yet we don't know it. You have to do a Vison Quest to find out what it's all about. Otherwise get to grips with the shadow and you will understand what you should be really doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For a vision quester try googleing "Leonie Fitzgerald"

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on 14 July 2004
Having read this book, gone to the 2 day seminar with the author and read the other reviews here I thought I'd write my review. I found Joseph Campbell's the hero with a thousand faces very heavy going, this book will give you the same essence in a much more approachable way. As a starting point for understanding story structure it is great. I can also recommend the seminar as Vogler is a very good tutor, speaking without notes in an entertaining and inspirational way.
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on 29 September 1999
Vogler crystalises a useful, central concept in his book - the character-driven energies of the story shape its structure. The book isn't simply a Hollywoodised account, but one interested in a certain type of story energy - where a story ulimately works from the writer's sense of characters' roles, as against his/her concept for the narrative style. The book presents a good abstract for writing for an audience, but does not offer a formula since it is problem/solution-driven. As such, the book is very good complement to McKee's "Story". Both work well as a touchstone for the ideas and issues a writer may lose sight of. As for the potentially disappointing/embarassing examples he offers, it must be said that their accessibility preceded their financial success. Their success validated all manner of things - high concept-writing, special fx, etc. But they perhaps also imply that their audience responded to something more than the pyrotechnics - for good or ill, the myths.
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on 6 August 1999
'The Writer's Journey' (TWJ) came to me highly recommended.... Perhaps this was why I was so disappointed: I was expecting more than the book could ever deliver.
In essence, TWJ is a distillation of Joseph Campbell's 'Hero with 1000 Faces' combined with 'readings' of various films. However, instead of elucidating Campbell's work Vogler has merely reduced his source material to the level of formula. The result lacks substance; tries to fit the theory to the films rather than vice versa; and is often ponderous & pretentious.
Vogler is also a rather careless writer. The book is littered with unnecessary mistakes: Vogler's assertion that Daedalus helped create the Minotaur (p.50) when actually he only built the labyrinth that housed the beast; or James Bond's deactivation of the bomb in 'Goldfinger' (p.205) -it is actually disarmed by Felix Leiter... these are just a couple of examples in a book endemic with inaccuracy.
On the positive side, Vogler's model for reading 'hero texts' can throw up some surprises: trying watching 'Saving Private Ryan' in the light of TWJ and you will realise that the true hero of the movie is not Private Ryan, nor Cpt. Miller (the Tom Hanks character) but actually Private Opheim - the translator.
Overall though I must once again state my disappointment with TWJ(inspite of wanting to like it). Apparently it started life as a 7 page memo to Hollywood studios. Perhaps it should have stayed just that: a 7 page memo! If you are really looking for a book that deals the principles of myth and the hero, may I strongly suggest Vogler's inspiration: 'The Hero with a 1000 Faces'. It is a much more rich and rewarding text and one that does not disappoint.
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on 21 April 1999
It isn't like me to be bold enough to offer a book review, but this one is so good that I must tell someone. Chris Vogler does not tell you how to write, but he presents a structure that is common to all stories that touch people's emotions, whatever their age or culture. And I can see the pattern everywhere - in my personal life, my life as a writer and in circumstances I encounter, as well as in my favourite novels and movies. Vogler points out that the structure is not the only model, but simply "one metaphor for what goes on in a story or a human life". But believe me, it's a very powerful one. Whether you write screenplays or novels, this book is immensely helpful. I cannot praise it enough.
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