Introduction

The 2100+ stage Hero's Journey And Transformation Through A New World / State pattern is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. Our detailed deconstruction of hundreds of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters has revealed more than 2100 stages of the Hero's Journey that you need to know about... .

The framework is based on core, indisputable fundamentals, including:

Without exception, every successful story involves physical journey. Visual stories, expecially Hollywood and novels targeting that market, accentuate the journey element. There is distinct physical movement between locations/situations with specific functions implemented at those locations/situations.

Without exception, every successful story involves transformation. There is always a start-state and an end-state and lots of in-between change-states which incrementally lead to the target. We can call this psychological journey.

Without exception, every successful story takes characters through a New World or New State, which involves particular process and has certain functions. New Worlds are physical manifestations of emerging or established new psychological states. Sometimes a New World is literal (a new planet or a new city), but most commonly it is a change of situation, location (or a change of location within a location) with specific functional purpose. Commonly, New Worlds and States are cloaked / disguised to be seamless.

 

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Additionally, a large number of meaningful messages/signals are strategically placed throughout the most successful stories, all of which are explained in the 2100+ stage Hero's Journey And Transformation Through A New World / State.

"...so to roll out successful stories and screenplays, superimpose your situation over this 2100+ stage structure."

"...what you're doing is using the structure to pull the hero through his (or her) journey..."

"...it is the pulling through the journey that induces the hero's transformation......a story is transformation..."

"...by pulling your hero through this journey, you cause him (or her) to detach from the Ordinary World and Ordinary Self and attach to the New World and New Self. And then to detach from the New World and New Self and become the Mature Self..."

"...this structure is the process of transformation. There is a psychological journey that is mirrored by a physical journey. That is why you often see darkness, rain, thunder and lightning during the stage of the Near Death Experience, for example. By pulling the hero through a physical experience, you are stimulating a psychological transformation. In the beginning the hero will be dressed one way, after being pushed through some stages of the journey, the psychological change will reflect in clothing, behaviour, attitudes and beliefs."

"...it is the undergoing of the journey that provides the hero with the capacity to conquer those challenges that were previously unconquerable..."

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Monostory (EVERY story)

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2100+ Hero's Journey Stages Not Unreasonable

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Basic Story, Screenplay Architecture

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Rigid Structure, Precise Story Arc

One of the least understood aspects of successful storytelling is the very high degree of rigid structure involved, especially in Hollywood screenwriting and bestselling fiction novels (the Harry Potter books are a perfect example). It roots to transformation, which is intricately stage-gated using physical journey and physical new worlds.

The most successful movies and bestselling novels definitely, without doubt, indisputably follow the same, precise story arc (there is really only one way to do it) - they all take their archetypes on a journey through a New World or State in a rigid, process driven manner, where transformation and capacities result in resolution of the initial imperfection (and the result is not unoriginal, as all Academy Award Winning Best Films demonstrate). If this is your field, then you must familiarise yourself with this process. More about this here.

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Situation Over Structure (Monostory, Monomyth)

There is really only one story. Every story you have ever seen or read is essentially an alternate situation superimposed, with individual style, over the same structure. Also see Monostory EVERY story.

The King's Speech (Academy Award Winner Best Film 2010)
The Hurt Locker (Academy Award Winner Best Film 2009)
Slumdog Millionaire (Academy Award Winner Best Film 2008)
No Country For Old Men (Academy Award Winner Best Film 2007)
The Departed (Academy Award Winner Best Film 2006)
Crash (Academy Award Winner Best Film 2005)
Million Dollar Baby (Academy Award Winner Best Film 2004)
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (Academy Award Winner Best Film 2003)
Chicago (Academy Award Winner Best Film 2002)
A Beautiful Mind (Academy Award Winner Best Film 2001)
Gladiator (Academy Award Winner Best Film 2100)
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...and every other successful story you have ever seen or read are all one and the same - various situations superimposed over the same structure. Every successful story you will ever see or read will be one and the same - various situations superimposed over the same structure. The structure is what a story IS.

Spielberg, Lucas, Scorsese, Coppola, Cameron all use this structure. Shakespeare used this structure. Stories in the Bible, the Vedas, the Torah and the Koran use this structure. You should use this structure. Also see The Value Of Structure and for other creativity management issues, see Creativity And Time Pressure and Improve Your Creativity.

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The following images show how detailed the mapping of situation over structure [of successful and effective stories] can be. Further, the technique does not diminish character and story quality:

Christopher Robin (Winnie the Pooh) and Mowgli (The Jungle Book)

Mowgli (The Jungle Book) and Arthur (The Sword in the Stone)

Elephants in The Jungle Book and Robin Hood

Maid Marion (Robin Hood) and the Duchess (Aristocrats)

Snow White and Maid Marion (Robin Hood)

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Priority

Understanding this template is a priority for screen and story writers.

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Critical Competency

Understanding this template is a critical competency for screen and story writers.

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Success Prerequisite

You cannot write a successful screenplay without understanding this template.

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Screenplays versus Novels

Every successful fiction novel follows the 2100+ stage Hero's Journey And Transformation Through A New World / State - they HAVE to follow story law. Successful bestseller examples include:

A Tale of Two Cities
The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit
And Then There Were None
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)
The Da Vinci Code
The Catcher in the Rye
The Alchemist
Lolita
Heidi's Years of Wandering and Learning
Anne of Green Gables
Black Beauty
The Name of the Rose
Charlotte's Web
The Ginger Man
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Angels and Demons
War and Peace
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Kane and Abel
The Diary of Anne Frank
To Kill a Mockingbird
Valley of the Dolls
Gone with the Wind
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Thorn Birds
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Sophie's WorldThe Kite Runner
The Bookseller of Kabul -- by Asne Seierstad

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Master Extrapolation Process

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Story, Screenplay Law

From the above, you should begin to see the emergence of rules and process you MUST follow if you want to write a successful story / screenplay. In others words, they are what a story IS. You MUST apply them no matter what niche of literature your story targets (if you want to be successful).
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Use The Process To Pull Your Hero/ine Through

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The Hero/ine Is A Focal Point

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Series, Episodes

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First Caveman Storyteller Scenario

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Subplots / Ensemble Cast

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Limited Locations (Sitcoms, TV Shows etc)

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Tragedy, Final States Of Imperfection

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Situational Questions (Genre, Comedy etc)

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What is a [Hollywood / Blockbuster / Bestselling] Story?

A Hollywood / Blockbuster / Bestselling story is one that follows the pattern of the 2100+ stage Hero's Journey And Transformation Through A New World / State; all our examples are from Hollywood blockbusters and Academy award winners / nominees. In essence, there is an almost rigid structural process followed, which includes:

  • Executing around theme (and its variants).
  • Movement between a number of Worlds.
  • Transformation.
  • Detachment and Attachment.
  • And much more.

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Multiple Final Catharses

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