Joseph Campbell and The Hero's Journey, as explained by puppets

Don't let the puppets or the mention of Adam Sandler movies at the beginning throw you off — this is the best, most entertaining explanation of Joseph Campbell's "Monomyth" theory that you're going to get outside of actually reading his books.


Thanks to Fafa and Mario of Glove and Boots, you'll learn about the Hero, the Herald, the Mentor and more, as they work in Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, and more. Honestly, the only way anyone could get me to see another Pirates of the Caribbean movie is if they replaced Johnny Depp with that dude.

[Via The Mary Sue]



Ah yes. The hero's journey. Fetishized by mediocre storytellers the world over because something something star wars something something archetypes.

Don't get me wrong. It's a cool structure and I like Campbell's books, but a shitload of people take it as a prescriptive idea of how all stories should work rather than a descriptive account of myths tied into Campbell's examination of coming-of-age practices in tribal cultures.