Foreword by Christopher Vogler
I was first introduced to the concept of archetypes by Christopher Vogler‘s book The Writer’s Journey. One of the highlights of this journey I am on has been when Chris agreed to write a forward for my book. I read it with my daughters and we were so excited. If you are unfamiliar with Chris’ work (hard for me to imagine) you definitely want to check out his website and youtube posting.
Here are some excerps from his generous words…
I have been hoping someone would take on this project with full commitment to work out the details of a comprehensive theory of drama from a feminine perspective, and I believe you are about to read a book that does exactly that.
What I found on these pages was an eye-opening retelling of the universal human stroy from a feminine perspective, with quite different language and thinking than I had ever considered.
This book repeatedly pounds me with how much I did’t know. The author has done a thorough, and I mean thorough, research job on archetypes and psychological theory and you won’t find a more lucid guide to these sometimes challenging concepts. I have already mentioned her useful diagrams that show the variations of the male and female archetypes and their positive and negative potentials at different stages of life; these alone are worth the price of the book. But there are many more nuggets of value in here, including a groundbreaking distinction between fairy tales and myths. She is not dogmatic on this or any other point, and gives ample acknowledgement tot he exceptions. Kim Hudson caresses the fairy tales to bring out every nuance of their meaning for the storyteller who wants to acurrately express the feminine experience.
The author has taken care to draw parallels and make correspondences with both Campbell’s language and mine, so that the Hero’s Journey is not rejected but acknowledged as part of a larger system that also includes the Virgin’s Promise. The two approaches are seen as complimentary rather than confrontive, and combineing the two of them will give you a complete set of language and mental tools for dealing with any kind of stroy.
This book brings light to the mysteries of the feminine experience of life’s journey and delivers a boon to screenwriters and storytellers of all kinds.
Thank you Chris!