Carriger - The Heroine's Journey


Carriger positions the heroine's journey as an alternative to the hero's journey archetype. The hero's journey describes the protagonist's increasing isolation from his world and community, often culminating in heroic self-sacrifice and death. Connection and assistance are seen as detrimental to the hero. In the heroine's journey, the heroine (who may present as any gender) is empowered by their connection to a growing network of helpers and their story culminates in positive compromise.



Carriger, Gail. The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture. 1st edition. GAIL CARRIGER LLC, 2020.