Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Some Age Old Plots
I feel there are certain motifs or patterns that tend to recur in one form or another throughout world literature. Below, I have listed a number of most identifiable ones.
with the Monster. Battle
The Voyage and the Return Home.
The Hero hidden as the Monster.
The Divided Self.
The Engagement with the Dark Power
The Fatal Flaw.
The Journey from Rags to Riches.
The Voyage to the Underworld.
between Good and Evil. Battle
A Love Story.
The Revenge Drama.
Weakling turned into Superhero.
Entry into a
Encounter with a Strange Creature.
One Man Against Society.
Many writers combine several types of plots and create a new plot. This is one idea I try to follow: combining bits from different plots and trying to make it unique by giving it my own individualistic touch. Can you think of more plot patterns? What kind of a plot pattern does your book fall into?