What Folks Thought
The book not only uses examples of stories ranging from the ancient to the modern but also uses charts. These examples and charts provide an easy method to analyze story in any form whether reading or writing.
This book is an essential and highly recommended resource for any level of or type of story teller. --Erin Johnston, Storyteller
I'm a performing storyteller who is often drawn to old tales, as are Cleveland and Schutzgruber, and clearly people like me are among the readers the authors had in mind. But they also present examples of how the heroine's journey can be used as a tool in psychotherapy, business, and more. They show brilliantly how the heroine's journey differs from that of the "sword maiden" (the female incarnation of the traditional hero) as she experiences trauma and healing, both actual and metaphorical.
I particularly loved how the authors illustrate their theory with personal as well as traditional stories. Their approach is scholarly (for example, they carefully compare earlier writers' ideas) but never dry. They employ tables and charts to pack a lot of insights into a short book, which is also enhanced with a bibliography, an authors' Q&A, and a worksheet for shaping one's own story.
This is a book I'll go back to again and again as I keep delving deeper into folk lore and mythology.ock, write your own text and edit me. --Sue Searing, Storyteller