I wanted to talk a little bit today about Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. For those of us who read a lot and even those who watch a lot of films will recognize it as well (i.e. Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc).
The hero’s journey is used a lot in literature and film because it works well.
I realized on Saturday that even though Sapphyre is a story set in a world parallel to Regency England and involves balls, parties, and other aspects that you’d expect from a Jane Austen novel, my two main characters each have their own hero’s journey within the story.
It’s not always exactly like pictured on the diagram but different elements of the Hero’s Journey can add to your story.
What elements do you feel add to novels the most? Why do you think that?