Golden Fleece vs. Rite of Passage
I am forever trying to figure out the difference. I think I write GF, but they always seem to have a ROP (or two) in them as well. So I've just followed the rules for both and maybe I've gotten away with it. 🙂
But there is always a trip to be taken in everything I write. I'm a traveler -- I've driven all over this country so I may as well use it.
Golden Fleece is more of a journey story, it is physical character change for the character. The character starts in one place, travels, to either get to another place or to return home figuring out their deepest capabilities that they had at the beginning of the story. It took an entire journey for the character to figure this out. Rites of Passage takes a similar beat, but it is more of the character beginning with a set of values that they are wrong about, and by the end of the story their value change.
ROP and GF can be combined together to use the journey story to show the character changing their values. It's been known that ROP and GF are similar in that fashion. However, GF uses a distinctive goal (golden fleece) or MacGuffin to get the character on their journey immediately to only find out they have learned many things along the way and they will use what they have learned to accomplish their goal in the story.
I hope this helps.
Yep, like I said, I combine the two every time. 🙂
There is a MacGuffin to set off the journey, and a total change of values and such by the MC who finally grows up to accept their flaws and discover how to use them to their advantage.
I forgot to mention that ROP can happen in one location without the character moving to another location, which can make an intimate drama.
@annieb I forgot to add in that ROP can happen in one location which can make it into an intimate drama. 😀
I think possibly the presence of a journey don't automatically make it a GF. Even though the journey is a crucial part of the story, and the MC learns stuff along the way.
@annieb True! I feel that GF is more goal-oriented and shows the physical character change that the audience can track. Very much like ROP.