Monday, February 9, 2015

Seven Basic Plots

Overcoming the Monster
The protagonist sets out to defeat an antagonistic force that threatens the protagonist and/or their homeland.

Rags to Riches
The poor protagonist acquires things such as power, wealth, and a mate, before losing it all and gaining it back upon growing as a person.

The Quest
The protagonist and some companions set out to acquire an important object to get to a location, facing many obstacles and temptations along the way.

Voyage and Return
The protagonist goes to a strange land and, after overcoming the threats it poses to them, returns with nothing but experience.

The protagonists are destined to be in love, but something is keeping them from being together, which is resolved by the end of the story.

The protagonist is a villain who falls from grace and whose death is a happy ending.


The protagonist is a villain or otherwise unlikable character who redeems themselves over the course of the story.

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