The Hero’s Journey in Fanfiction _ Part 1: Introduction

So…What is the Hero’s Journey?

To sum it up, The Hero’s Journey is a series of events each main character  undergoes, that could arguably be said to be present in all works of fiction. – I mean the good fiction, ala Harry Potter. 

“There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.”

Willa Cather

Short version : A quick video by TED-Ed


Long version

The Hero’s Journey also known as the mono-myth is an archetypal story pattern that has been identified by Joseph Campbell as the one characteristic all good fiction share.

It is commonly used as a plot structure planning tool by writers although there are many others available this could be said to be present in them, just in different forms.

The main idea.

The hero undergoes different stages throughout their adventure resulting in a book that sells well.

Just kidding. Sorta. – I did essentially summarise it… so my jobs over… please go ahead and just read this

The Hero’s Journey – Mythic Structure of Joseph Campbell’s Monmouth – Pictures & Pretty formatting for those who go for these things.

and if you want any more,

The Hero’s Journey by The Writer’s Journey – A ton of text but very through.


Google “The Hero’s Journey”  It has been agonisingly dissected by others.

Read “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” By Joseph Campbell

What could be better than the original text? 

The newer edition based on it, of course! so instead, I highly suggest you read Christopher Vogler’s “The Writer’s Journey” which is a much clearer and readable version. – It’s also known as the Cliff Notes of The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

PS: Honestly, just watch the video and read an example


(will add a link to part 2, soon ^__^ )




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