The nature of archetypical stories, especially the hero's journey, confuses me a bit. If that archetype is SO compelling (and it is) how can there be any OC ever if it won't be as compelling as the hero's journey? I am aware that there are other archetypes, but like all super successful movie franchises are heroic journey stories. Star Wars, the Matrix, Harry Potter, Terminator, Alien, every disney movie that had a boy for the main character, LotR, etc...
Sorry if I am over-simplifying, but it makes me wonder about other possible life narratives we can view ourselves through, and there is the problem of the end of the journey; what happens next? Is the rest of their lives spent in obscurity?
In many ways I see my own adolescence and then early adulthood as a sort of unheroic hero's journey, like it is easy to line a bunch of my life events up to fit into that narrative. But for me there is no resolution when it's over, just an emptyness that is hard to fill. For example, my Roller Derby career thus-far can be framed as a sort of hero's journey type thing. Here we go:
1: I discover a hidden part of our society that was previously unknown to me
2: I eventually start going out and practicing on my own (time spent alone in training)
3: I make friends with other ladies who want to get into derby
4: We practice together to take the first assessment
5: We pass it (beat the first trial) together
6: More trials like this are given to us, but along the way most of that core group gets whittled down so only 6 of us make it
7: I get drafted to a team (initiation into a special group)
8: I start at the bottom in terms of skill and seniority
9: We practice together and play games and stuff. I slowly become more important as a member of the team
10: We make it all the way to our championship game (a couple months ago) but the team we will face has already twice defeated the only team we had lost to this year, so it will be a final challenge
11: We face off. In the first period neither team has a good advantage. We are up, but right before the last jam of the first half, our opponents tie the game 35-35
12: This is bad because they percieved us as stronger, so this will boost their morale and hurt ours for the second half
13: So, on a whim, our bench manager tells me to go in for the final jam of the first period as the jammer
14: The pressure is really high for me to not screw up, this is my one chance to prove myself
15: The jam whistle blows. I somehow manage to cut through their defensive line within like 3 seconds of the jammer start whistle blowing. I'm the lead jammer. I manage to complete 3 scoring passes, scoring 15 points for my team, without a power jam situation. The first period ends with us up 50-35 and the wind finally at our backs. Everyone is super proud of me for how well I did, it is like a super success, especially for a rookie like me.
16: We go on to defeat the other team in the second half; they are never able to recover from my 15-point jam. I got to jam 3 more times and I scored 6 more points with a delta of 4 for the second period. I also blocked some and did good at that. The rest of the team carries us to victory. Best part of my derby career.
17: I am awarded (recognition) MVP for the game because I turned the tide of the game at such a crucial moment
It is like a textbook cinderella story, it's everything I had dared to hope for. It still astonishes me that all that happened and went so remarkably well. You could make a movie out of it. That of course is only one way to interpret the events of my derby career, but that is the most appealing wah to do it. This archetype stuff is weird because it means that the way I just told the story is probably the most compelling way to tell it. The fact that there is a 'most compelling way' is what is weird to me. Are there other ways of telling life journeys or stories that are as compelling, or is the hero's journey the best way in all situations?
"Each night alone I dream, that I'm a rebel Roller Queen‼
I'll be a star that shines, I can make the whole world mine‼"