Title: The Writer’s Journey
Author: Christopher Vogler
Page Count/Review Word Count: 316
This book has been on my TBR pile for years. I think I first picked it up when I was at university, and considering that I graduated over ten years ago, you could say that it’s about time that I finally got round to reading it. It’s literally started to yellow from being sat unread on my shelves for so long.
It was a pretty good read and it’s definitely one that’s useful for new writers, because it talks about a lot of concepts that are well-known and used ubiquitously throughout the industry. Vogler also backs theory with tangible examples from popular culture, most notably Star Wars, which seems to come up on every other page.
I think that if you’ve been writing for years then you’re probably not going to find much here that you didn’t already know about, but I can definitely see the value in it for people who are setting out to write their first novel. I probably would have got a lot more value out of it if I’d read it back when I first bought it instead of waiting until now.
But it was still a useful little refresher for me, and while it’s true that rules are made to be broken, you also need to know the rules in the first place. It was also helpful that it used concrete examples so that you could see what the concepts looked like in practice.
At the same time, it did occasionally feel as though he was bending over backwards to make things fit into the model, and a lot of the examples were also of popular media that I didn’t enjoy because it felt so predictable and formulaic. Make of that what you will, but do read this.