NessNotes: Aha! There’s a Blueprint for That!

I am having a most amazing adventure as I seek to learn more about “Joe” and the Hero’s Journey. I stumbled upon this link that talked about Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.”

Seems that the driving force behind that site, Ms. Kristen Brennan, has done a lot of work drilling down into the origins of Star Wars. Please spend time there. You will pick up a lot.

Here’s what caught my eye. She has what I’m calling a “Journey Chart” that ties Star Wars and The Matrix together and to Joseph Campbell.

The thread is the work Christopher Vogler in his book titled “The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers.”

Apparently, George Lucas had already written two drafts of Star Wars when he rediscovered Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces in 1975 (having read it years before in college). This blueprint for “The Hero’s Journey” gave Lucas the focus he needed to draw his sprawling imaginary universe into a single story.

>> Note that the Wachowski Brothers’ wonderful film The Matrix is carefully built on the same blueprint.<<

You can learn more about Vogler’s work here.

Powerful stuff! — Ness

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  1. This is a good read too:
    Green Man Review does a nice job in his discussion about “new mythology.”

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