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June 25, 2012

Basic Plots

by limebirdster

In 2005 Christopher Booker wrote a book called The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories. The premise of the book is that all stories, from Shakespeare to Noddy, involve one of these plots, just written in different ways.

For example, both Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling and 1984 by George Orwell are about Overcoming a Monster. In the first it’s a literal monster, and in the second the monster is the oppressive government, but both stories deal with an attempt to overcome at any rate. Overcoming the monster is, of course, one of his seven. The other 6 are:

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