The stories I tend to love best are those that center around a good hero journey. I think the widespread Harry Potter love of the past decade shows that this story structure continues to be powerful and meaningful to us both as individuals and as a society. Fascinating, because the hero journey is as old as the first literature we have access, and now, thousands of years later, it's still such a powerful storytelling paradigm.
These especially were meaningful to me as a kid: Luke Skywalker, Willow, and John Conner from Terminator (especially T2).
Outline of the classic hero journey structure:
- Destiny chooses a young child who grows up NOT knowing they are special.
- When the hero reaches a certain age, circumstances bring this slowly to their awareness, and they get to chose to answer the call to be a hero or not.
- Often they reject this call for awhile (ex. whiny Luke Skywalker),
- but eventually the hero comes around,
- faces tremendous and impossible trials,
- and saves the world (or the galaxy!)
Heather Anastasiu is the author of GLITCH (St. Martin's Press/Spring 2012) Glitch in three words: Dystopia, Superpowers, & Love :) Check out my website for more info, news, and updates.