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« Reply #30: May 31, 2007, 05:57:48 pm »

(Hey, I have a theory:  Campbell, Frazer, et al, aren't individuals; they're just manifestations of The Monomythologist With a Thousand Faces!  Grin )

I LOVE this idea, Sunflower.  Someone needs to do a humor piece based on it for the humor section of the web site. Cheesy
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« Reply #31: May 31, 2007, 06:42:27 pm »

I LOVE this idea, Sunflower.  Someone needs to do a humor piece based on it for the humor section of the web site. Cheesy
Tee-hee - I thought people would like that one.

Much as I'd love the byline, I'm not sure I'm the "someone" to do the humor piece.  I don't have the background (either in monomythologists or in scholarly writing) to do it as a mock scholarly monograph, which is the angle that strikes my sense of irony/poetic truth as being suitable.  I'll let the idea simmer a bit, to see if I get a better handle on it, but if someone feels inspired, it's fair game.

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« Reply #32: May 31, 2007, 06:55:01 pm »

I don't have the background (either in monomythologists or in scholarly writing) to do it as a mock scholarly monograph, which is the angle that strikes my sense of irony/poetic truth as being suitable.

Oh yes, that would be the best way to write it.

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If someone else does it, they can work some credit to you into the paper or something.

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« Reply #33: June 02, 2007, 01:44:31 am »

Oh yes, that would be the best way to write it.

If someone else does it, they can work some credit to you into the paper or something.
<insert nodding emoticon here> "Title/concept courtesy of Sunflower" (if it is the title - seems likely, but possibly not) or some such.

I realized later that I'd understated it:  my sense of poetic truth (true to its nature - they're finicky things!) insists that that approach is proper.  Not that, if someone else found a different approach that worked, I'd object; it's just all that irony and symmetry and stuff is, well, so ironic and symmetrical and appropriate.  That's also why it's beyond me to write:  my SoPT would consider it necessary for me to study monomythologists and their works with an intensity proportionate (based on length of monograph) to that with which Campbell studied hero-myths, or at the very least, to study 'em sufficiently well as to fake the intensity.  Seems like a lot of research time to put in, for a few hundred, or at very most a couple thousand, words of humor.

(My multitracking mind has just springboarded from this a really nifty approach to playing a Lawful Good character - something that, until now, I'd considered a challenge I was too inexperienced a roleplayer to tackle yet; that's a really tough alignment to play without caricaturizing.  But if the Law this character is dedicated to is not worldly law but the higher law of poetic truth/poetic justice... hmm....)

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« Reply #34: June 02, 2007, 09:05:25 am »

(My multitracking mind has just springboarded from this a really nifty approach to playing a Lawful Good character - something that, until now, I'd considered a challenge I was too inexperienced a roleplayer to tackle yet;

I started playing D&D back in 1975. IMHO, all D&D style alignments are caricatures. Real people are seldom so easily classifiable. When alignment went from a Law-Chaos thing like the Eternal Champion novels used to this Law-Chaos/Good-Evil thing, I quickly decided to just toss alignment.
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