Do detective stories follow the hero's journey?

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Absolutely. Detectives still leave their Ordinary World, they still enter a New World and so on. All the archetypes are there etc.

Take Chinatown (1974), Gittes leaves his office (Ordinary World), reluctantly taking on the fake Mrs Mulwray's job (Herald, Refusal of the Call).

The Hero's Journey and Transformation through a New World/State is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. Learn about this at

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