The Hero’s Journey vs. The Heroine’s Journey

Hero's Journey vs Heroin's Journey

Is the Hero’s Journey different from the Heroine’s Journey?

On today’s podcast, actor, director, and producer Victoria Hansen and Joel Berry from The Petty Prophet and The Babylon Bee join Jay Sherer to discuss whether or not the Heroine’s Journey is different from the Hero’s Journey… Do you have thoughts? Let us know in the comments down below!

Discussion Questions – Hero’s Journey vs. Heroine’s Journey…

Question #1: Here are the 12 steps of the Hero’s Journey:

  1. The Ordinary World
  2. The Call to Adventure
  3. Refusal of the Call
  4. Meeting the Mentor
  5. Crossing the First Threshold
  6. Tests, Allies, and Enemies
  7. Approach to the Inmost Cave
  8. The Ordeal
  9. Reward (Seizing the Sword)
  10. The Road Block
  11. Resurrection
  12. Return with the Elixir

What stories—in your mind—exemplify this format?

Question #2: How does the Hero’s Journey inform us about how the world works? Does it reveal a core truth about the human experience that conveys any deeper meaning?

Question #3: Do you think, in the last decade, that storytellers have altered the Hero’s Journey in any meaningful ways? Can you think of any examples?

Question #4: Now, all that was prep work to get to this question: “Does this work for a female lead character?” When we think of stories or franchises like Alien, Captain Marvel, Rey in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and others… are female characters mirroring the Hero’s Journey or is the Heroine’s Journey something different?

Question #5: How is the Heroine’s Journey different? If so, how?

Question #6: Does the Heroine’s Journey reveal something different about the nature of the world than the Hero’s Journey reveals? And how should it inform us about our perception of Heroes and Heroines?

As mentioned above… if you have thoughts about the Hero’s Journey and how it differs from the Heroine’s Journey—or maybe they two are identical—then leave your question or comment down below!

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