July 6, 2012

"Our Customer Wants the Unseen."

According to literary critic Christopher Booker there are only seven basic plots to a story; tragedy,comedy,overcoming the monster,voyage and return,quest,rags to riches and rebirth. In otherwords, every story has already been told. Or has it? When you write a story, do you give your reader something they haven't yet seen?

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  1. I don't know how many times I've heard that everything is already invented, every story told, and I guess there's an element of truth to this, but it's annoying; too simplistic to say such a thing, even if some of these, like comedy, might be considered more genre than plot, per se, but not to be pernickety, I understand how the word plot is used here. But the difference lies in the elements of the story, surely, depending on how they've been constructed, how they're blended, where they go, for presenting something in a completely new way is always possible. I think the possibilities would be as infinite as the code on a numeric padlock. I would most definitely not say that every story has been told; I think it's a ridiculous statement with too much generalisation. What is a monster, for instance? A creature, a computer virus, a disease, or just an obstacle in general? I think if one really thought about it hard enough, there are many other stories that can be categorised outside of these seven as well. I know when I write anything, I am constantly told how unique it is - whether it can be defined in any, or all, of these categories - and usually, for my stuff it's the latter. Literary critic or not, I think its a very mainstream viewpoint.

  2. I find it interesting that reality shows, The Kardashians, House Wives, Jersey Shore...so popular and yet have no plot structure to them at all. Proof that it's possible to construct entertainment with no moral or destination at all. Now if only they upped the quality...