I just read a blog post by an author claiming that Joseph Campbell’s monomyth is overused, and explained how their novel avoided it so as not to sound formulaic.
Except the only difference was, their “hero” wasn’t traditionally heroic. Otherwise, the description was nothing more than an abbreviated version of the same story humans have been telling themselves for millennia.
Being “different” by
- calling yourself different
- pretending that how the human mind works doesn’t apply to you and/or
- being ignorant of how language works (Campbell’s “hero” has nothing to do with heroism)
is loopy, wonky, misguided, and just plain wrong.
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