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The Heroine's Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture

The Heroine's Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture
Your Price: $21.95 CDN
Author: Gail Carriger
Publisher: Gail Carriger LLC
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 322
Pub. Date: 2020
ISBN-10: 1944751343
ISBN-13: 9781944751340

About the Book:

We've all heard about the Hero's Journey, but how often do we hear about the Heroine's Journey, Western culture's other prominent story structure?

Tired of the hero's journey? Frustrated that funny, romantic, and comforting stories aren't taken seriously? Sad that the books and movies you love never seem to be critically acclaimed, even when they sell like crazy? The Heroine's Journey is here to help.

• What is the heroine's journey?
• How is it different from the hero's journey?
• What makes Harry Potter different from Star Wars? Twilight from Wonder Woman?

In The Heroine's Journey you'll learn:

• How to spot the heroine's journey in popular books, movies, and the world around you.
• The goddess-based ancient myths and basic characters, tropes, and archetypes of this narrative.
• A step-by-step break down of how to successfully write this journey.

What do Agatha Christie, JK Rowling, and Nora Roberts all have in common? They all write the heroine's journey. Read this book to learn all about it. From Harry Potter to Twilight, from Wonder Woman to Star Wars, you'll never look at pop culture the same way again.

With over a dozen New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and over a million books in print, popular genre author and former archaeologist Gail Carriger brings her cheeky comedic tone and over a decade of making her living as a fiction author to this fascinating look at one of the most popular yet neglected narratives of our time.

The title is an allusion to The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell's seminal work about mythology and archetypal heroes. Gail Carriger uses the heroine's journey to produce bestselling, critically-acclaimed books that genre blend science fiction, cozy mystery, young adult, urban fantasy, romance, historical fiction, and alternate history. In The Heroine's Journey she uses her academic background and creative writing skills to bring to life the archetypes, tropes, story beats, themes, and messages inherent in the heroine's journey. Part treatise on authorship, part feminist literary criticism, part how to write guide, she uses mythology, legend, and Gothic Victorian 19th century literature to explore movies, screenwriting, books, and audience desires.

The Heroine's Journey is an excellent reference guide for genre fiction authors seeking to improve their craft or for readers and pop culture enthusiasts interested in understanding their own taste. Guaranteed to make you look at plot structure in books, video games, movies, and TV differently for the rest of your life. It is the perfect counterpoint to The Hero with a Thousand Faces not to mention Save the Cat.

What people say:

"The first book on writing structure that's ever truly resonated for me and made sense of the way my favorite stories work. I've thought back to this book so many times since reading it, and I know I'll be reading it again." — Stephanie Burgis, author

"A lot of educators are going to be very interested in this. The heroine's journey narrative structure aligns with positive parenting and the anti-bullying programs' goals and techniques. Their preferred stories emphasize team building and non violent conflict resolution. Understanding that this is a long standing historical and culturally relevant narrative structure will help them find more stories that resonate with their programs, and help defend the programs from more patriarchal critics." — Janis Wright

"I knew that my stories didn't neatly fit the mold of the Hero's Journey, but it wasn't until I read this excellent resource on The Heroine's Journey by Gail Carriger that I finally understood why. Now I understand not only how to reliably write in this form, but also how to better position my stories for readers and agents." — Ethan Freckleton, author

"The Heroine's Journey by Gail Carriger is a game changer for genre fiction. Using dozens of examples from books and movies, Ms Carriger carefully and convincingly divides these into two distinct story camps based on the character arc of their protagonists: the lone wolf and the team player." — The Blood-Red Pencil

About the Author:

Gail Carriger graduated university with an honours degree in archaeology, with minors in theology, geology, anthropology, philosophy, and classics. She is a hugely successful author, has taught classes, sat on panels, and discussed mythic books with readers, librarians, and booksellers.