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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.

Multiple New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger presents a clear, concise analysis of the heroine's journey, how it differs from the hero's journey, and how you can use it to improve your writing and your life. Narrated by Starla Huchton. 

In this book you'll learn:
 

  • How to spot the heroine's journey in popular books, movies, and the world around you. 
  • The source 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.  

This is an excellent writing reference for genre fiction authors seeking to improve their craft or for readers and pop culture enthusiasts interested in understanding their own taste. It is the perfect counterpoint to The Hero with a Thousand Faces, not to mention Save the Cat, Women Who Run with the Wolves, and The Breakout Novelist.

©2020 Gail Carriger LLC (P)2020 Gail Carriger LLC

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Great Content with unsatisfactory narration

After hearing an interview with Gail Carriger about her book, The Heroine's Journey, I was very excited to purchase and listen to the audio version during my work commute. However, I was deeply disappointed by the slow, text-to-speech app sound of the narrator. Even when I set the speed to play the book at a faster speed, I found the voice performance unbearable. Ms. Carriger's book is excellent, and I suggest you buy a print version. I returned the book.

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You're Amazing Gail!! ❤️

I don't leave enough reviews, but your books are always amazing. This nonfiction book has taught me so much about why I like certain shows, movies, and books. It also explained why some movies, characters...etc make me cringe or honestly seem to hurt my soul. I especially loved your explanations of how storytellers shape culture. I am so excited to be armed with all this knowledge literally no one has EVER explained to me before! I had never heard of the Heroines journey before this 💔 Finally, although the intention may not have been to inspire readers to live the life of a Heroine, I am none the less inspired to do so ❤️. Thank you!!

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Great Book, Subpar Narration

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, especially on the craft of writing. I was excited to see this new book on The Heroine's Journey. I love the content and the author's voice, but it is overshadowed by the subpar narration in my opinion. I'll be forgoing the audiobook and buying the the ebook instead so I can read it without the distractions.

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  • James
  • 05-11-21

Super interesting

I really enjoyed listening to this. There were some helpful tips for writers that I will definitely be employing and lots more to consider too.

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  • Me
  • 04-25-21

Interesting to listen to

I liked this book :) It is informative for a writer but it is an opportunity for everyone to reflect upon our society. Why a tragic ending is often considered valuable, "artistic" and realistic compared to a happy ending, for example? Why doing everything alone, like a "hero", is considered brave while asking for help is seen as a weakness?
The journey of the heroin it is not the journey of a female character but the journey of a character who values connections and finds strength in them. I think it is smart to act this way in life. :D And it is amazing when you read this kind of journey in books.

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  • Aaron Compton
  • 03-16-21

revelatory

as a former hero's journey fanboi this entertaining, informative examination of the heroine's journey was a breath of fresh air