So today we tried to tackle the big question: why does everyone use the same pattern? Why do authors, directors, storytellers, video game designers...every in modern media follow this story line over and over again? There's perhaps two choices: the first is that there's simply no way to tell a hero's story without these steps. Perhaps the story morphs into something else entirely with a step or two removed. In that sense then, even if an author wanted to, the pattern must be followed subconsciously. The other option is that, when it comes down to it, these types of stories are simply what our western society likes to hear. Even though we could change the style and cycle, it's going to be the same because that's what people always buy. Anything else seems incomplete.
Of course, it's more than just those two options; there's the vicious cycle aspect to it as well. The more this pattern is used, the more it becomes...well...a pattern. It's at the point now where we don't know if the pattern is simply an explanation for what's happening naturally, or if the pattern is the guidebook by which all other stories must measure themselves. Either way, the two are now so closely linked that it's tough to tear them apart. As the Joker said to Batman (another hero's journey if we ever heard one): "I think you and I are destined to do this forever."