Don't Tell Me How to Be Inspired

This is a rant. It's a rant because, sometimes, you've heard something just one too many times. And sometimes, things link together in my head. I had a conversation with a friend the other day. He was shaking his head over a girl he was seeing. She called herself a fantasy fan...but she had never read Joseph Campbell!… » 3/23/14 10:15am 3/23/14 10:15am

Why does live-action fantasy fail at the movies?

Apart from Harry Potter, Twilight and the Tolkien adaptations, live-action fantasy movies always seem to tank these days. Latest case in point: Mortal Instruments, which underperformed massively, taking in only about $14 million on a $60 million budget. Why are fantasy movies cursed? » 8/26/13 1:33pm 8/26/13 1:33pm

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. » 6/27/13 4:30pm 6/27/13 4:30pm

Eight Reasons Why The Hero's Journey Sucks

We've been somewhat shocked to see so many people defending Joseph Campbell in the comments on our hero's journey post. Hey, we got stoned and read The Hero With A Thousand Faces in college, just like everybody else, and we thought it was super deep. All those primal archetypes and spiritual patterns were totally… » 1/17/08 9:00am 1/17/08 9:00am