Say it ain't so... do people really blame Joesph Campbell for ruining the way writers write?
In my humble opinion, he explored a world-wide pattern in mythology that unifies us with what is spiritually important.
I really don't think he suggested writers follow the hero's journey, but they could certainly learn something from understanding it.
The hero's journey is just one of many structural tools. Irresistable force vs immovable object another. Entertaining fiction requires a good three act tale. Your lead character(s) antagonist and protagonist have an objective, conflict mounts and drives the story's engine, and a great ending works for all. Western Civilization is attuned to the three act play, the same elements can be applied to most books, movies and, in really well done books are reflected in each chapter of the narrative. There is no one voice who can be "blamed" or given credit for the way writer's write.
Unforgettable characters, great prose, and compelling stories have a universal way of surviving anyone's suggestions.
Who's Joseph Campbell?
Good observation, no one and be blamed or take credit for the way writers write.
I guess Wiki gives the shortest sweetest answer to who JC was:
Joseph John Campbell was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience.
JC was one of two men I was drawn to at a young age, the other was Sir Ernest Shackleton. Probably because Campbell viewed the big picture, and Shackleton was a problem solver, both things I enjoy doing myself:)