Joseph Campbell is a very often quoted author among screenwriters. He's the one who structured first the "hero's journey" (C. Vogler) but one of the few who refers too Freud too and not just to Jung. This is a remarkable difference books that talk about the story's structure, generally very much influence only by the latter psychologist. I appreciated a lot his open mindness (in consulting so many different authors), I admired his vast culture and his originality (his book has been written in 1948). However sometime quotation are a tad too long. I wanted to read Joseph Campbell because LOST screenwriters quoted him so much (together with J. Vernes, The Mysterious Island and W. Golding, Lords of flies) and I have to say that I really admired them: The Hero with a Thousand Faces is not a book for everyone. No wonder how LOST was such a good show!...Continua
Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces is great as long as it compares numerous mythologies, religions, and fairy tales. It is very interesting to see the same story elements in every tale of every age told in every part of the world.
When Campbell explains all this in psychoanalytical terms, however, it seems a bit dated sometimes (this book was written in the 40s of the last century). But don't let that hold you from reading it.
This is Campbell's masterpiece. It's a must-read for anyone interested in mythology, culture, literature...really, it's a must-read for everyone! Great insights into universal elements of culture as well as the fundamentals of story arcs.
The research done for this book is astounding. Known more for its influence on George Lucas and the Star Wars saga, The Hero With A Thousand Faces attempts to show the similarities of world religions and mythologies, and suggests that in spite of its unconcious and psychological overtones, mythology and religion may not work in this day and age because of how sophisticated Man has become....Continua