The “special features” section on DVDs is uniformly worthless, except for this one revelation: even the greatest stories, the ones that come closest to the ancient myths, are made by people who have no idea what they’re doing. Even when the characters are closest to being true heroes – chivalrous men and the women who go with them – the creators when they talk about the story can only spout modern pop-psychology nonsense. How can they tell stories about commitment and sacrifice and redemption without understanding it? I know the idea that all happy stories follow redemption/wedding arc, so I see how the plot can be accidental, but how can they get the characters right without understanding any of the truth behind it?

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