Post by nucleusofswarm on Dec 22, 2018 0:36:26 GMT
We have Star Wars fans, lovers of sci-fi/fantasy and just well read folk on here, so chances are you've likely come across this book.
But what do you make of what's seen as a cornerstone of modern storytelling practice, in no small part thanks to George Lucas, even though it's not a writing guide but rather an anthropological study of patterns and reccurances in human mythology?
It's not something I've read in over 20 years so my memory of it is a little rusty but in terms of its reference today, people often forget that it was a collection of motifs common to ancient cultures rather than a storytelling primer. In terms of how it is used today, I don't think it's deepened our storytelling - in many cases the symbols or themes were always there to be seen - but it has made us look at how we view stories differently: we can look at filmed stories the way we look at literature and find meanings or ideas that we hadn't seen before because we've got this idea of a framework that all stories incorporate parts of in their makeup.
"There's a horror movie named Alien? That's really offensive. No wonder everybody keeps invading you."
I discuss it a bit when we study heroes of Greek/Roman mythology. The students like to see how many of the motifs apply to other characters from literature, comics, pop culture, or even historical figures.
Amelia: Are you from outer space? Doctor: No, I'm from inner time.