Check out this insightful piece by Frank Luke, readers!
After much thinking about Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth, I concluded it was incorrect. The problem is that there are too many exceptions. In his many-step journey, he states that many stories will have these out of order or skip steps entirely.
“Ah, Frank,” I hear you say, “You fine story teller and observer of culture, you and I can both name famous books and movies that hit every note in the Journey.”
But, my friend, I answer back, several of those which you name were written specifically to follow Campbell’s Journey. For example, in the annotations to DragonLance: Legends, Tracy Hickman speaks about following Campbell’s steps when making the outline for the trilogy. Likewise, George Lucas specifically used Campbell when writing A New Hope.