A New Journey- Star Wars, and Alternatives to the Hero’s Journey


Rey Becky FinalAuthor and Star Wars Geek Extraordinaire, Becky Allen, talks with us about the trope of the hero’s journey. How does it help story telling, and how does it hurt? Why is it so important that Rey get’s to go on that journey?

Becky Allen is the author of Bound by Blood and Sand and the forthcoming sequel, Freed by Flame and Storm. She grew up outside Ithaca, New York, and graduated from Brandeis University with a major in American studies and a minor in journalism. She is the product manager for TheBody.com, an online HIV resource, and loves New York, brunch, and feminism.



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We mentioned a lot of great resources on the podcast. Here is how you can find them:

Rogue One and the Star Wars Meta-Narrative (from Tessa Gratton):  https://tessagratton.tumblr.com/post/154592660793/rogue-one-and-the-star-wars-meta-narrative

Ghostbusters is still haunted by negative racial tropes (from Tanya DePass):  https://www.polygon.com/2016/7/21/12239704/ghostbusters-is-still-haunted-by-negative-racial-tropes

I’ve got… complicated feelings about the newest incarnation of the Doctor (from Stitch): https://stitchmediamix.com/2017/07/16/ive-got-complicated-feelings-about-the-newest-incarnation-of-the-doctor/

A piece by Becky about her journey from Leia to Rey when Carrie Fisher passed away: http://www.beckyallenbooks.com/2016/12/28/leia-rey-and-me/


Rogue One and the Star Wars Meta-Narrative (from Tessa Gratton):  https://tessagratton.tumblr.com/post/154592660793/rogue-one-and-the-star-wars-meta-narrative


The Heroine’s Journey (Maureen Murdock): http://www.maureenmurdock.com/articles/articles-the-heroines-journey/  You can find more about this idea here: https://heroinejourneys.com/


That Time we all Cried about Rey: The Storify summary of the amazing Rey as Mary  Sue panel that Becky and Matthew both referenced. A must read, especially for anyone who is unsure about why representation matters so much – https://storify.com/manicpixiedane/that-time-we-all-cried-about-rey







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