nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Not exactly the Heroine's Journey

The Heroine's Journey is being discussed over at, and aside from the question of whether, if there isn't something parallel to Campbell's Hero's Journey for women all over the place in literature and folklore, whether that isn't what women generally want from fiction, if there's any fiction about becoming a matriarch, by which I mean a story that starts when the protagonist is a girl and finishes when she has a large, successful, reasonably happy family, with at least grandchildren if not great-grandchildren.

This isn't the story I absolutely need to read to feel good, but I think I could enjoy it.

Maybe it's in sf I've missed, maybe it's in long historicals I haven't read, maybe no one's doing it.

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