The Hero With a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell

The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell In 1949, the American professor Joseph Campbell published his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces, in which he described what he called the “monomyth” of the “Hero’s journey”: all the myths of the world would come from a single archetype, which Campbell claims to be […]

The Writer’s Journey, by Christopher Vogler

Genesis of the Writer’s Journey, by Christopher Vogler Subtitled “Mythic Structure for Writers“, Christopher Vogler’s Writer’s Journey presents itself as a sort of universal recipe for generating storylines. Screenwriter for Hollywood, Christopher Vogler says he was strongly inspired by reading Joseph Campbell’s book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Christopher Vogler made a sort of […]

The Morphology of Tale by Vladimir Propp

In 1928, Soviet humanities researcher Vladimir Propp published an essay, The Morphology of Tale, in which he attempted to determine common narrative structures in a corpus of around a hundred Russian folk tales. The narrative functions He thus determines a list of 31 “functions”, which he asserts that they are the prototype of all tales; […]

The 36 dramatic situations of Georges Polti

36 dramatic situations to generate all the possible stories? In 1895, the Frenchman Georges Polti published a book, Les 36 situations dramatiques (The 36 dramatic situations), in which he listed 36 dramatic situations and their variants, which according to him were the prototypes of all human stories, whatever their genre, their era, their culture, their […]

How to Write a Story? Interview of Storytellers

How do narrators write their stories? Telling a story, writing a screenplay, developing plots, building characters, imagining scenes, this is what the authors of novels, comics, films, songs, plays, shows, etc. do. Unfortunately, there are few places where one can learn narrative writing techniques. Most writers, even published and professional writers, do not have professional […]

STORY by Robert McKee : the reference in storytelling, or a political weapon to make real problems disappear?

There is a big, big problem with Robert McKee’s book, “Story”. This scriptwriting handbook is quoted everywhere it’s about storytelling and plays as a technical reference – though not so technical. It’s partly with STORY that I came to develop my knowledge in storytelling, so for that I can thank him: Robert, thank you, your book taught […]

What is storytelling made for?

What can stories do for us? Stories give us the keys of life Charming Princes and Barbie dolls teach us how to love when we are children. Then teenage star singers like Britney Spears or Beyonce, novels like “Fifty Shades Of Grey”, press articles about gay marriage and AIDS and divorce rates, porn movies and […]

A few things storytelling can do to change the world

Story&Drama supports the idea that storytelling is a performative tool: we do not tell stories just for the sake of telling stories, but to: have an impact over the audience make the audience think, believe, feel, act, buy, vote, change attitude… change the world! How? By generating effects of involvement, positive or negative identification to […]