I prefer the symbolism of the journey. I am also a fantasy writer, though. But in my book, my protagonist must go on a long journey in a magical world, corrupted by darkness, in order to save her mother. However, she must go on this journey with a boy who fell in love with her the moment he saw her, but whom she hates. This will become not only a journey to save Malbenocia, but also a quest into the deepest faculties of the heart. This certain journey will show how love, like life, is an Odyssey filled with many trials, obstacles, and battles that must be overcome.
Pen in my hand, Muse by my side, Let this insane beauty flood from my mind.