New Proof That Every Scifi Epic Is Based On Joseph Campbell

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Why do so many adventure movies seem to have the same story? A lot of the blame goes to the Hero's Journey, a cookie-cutter spiritual-ish adventure recipe concocted by Joseph Campbell in 1949. Star Wars and many fantasy sagas famously follow this treasure map step by step, but how do other science fiction stories measure up? We score scifi stories on our "Hero's Journey" checklist, after the jump.

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Did Arthur Dent ever answer the call of adventure? It seems to me that he, Rincewind like, spent the series trying to get away from adventures and never quite succeeded.