Someone once said there are only 7 original plots in the world.
- Monster: The Grendel-Beowulf type of the hero defeating the monster and that plot has been around for centuries.
- Then there's the rags to riches story, where the poor person makes good. Lots of books on that theme.
- Then there's the Quest where the hero sets out to find something he desperately wants and overcomes many difficulties but finally achieves it.
- The Voyage, easily confused with the Quest. This time the hero sets out in a magical land and returns wiser than when set out.
- Comedy - strangely, lots of romance stories fall into this category
- Tragedy - best known example here is MacBeth.
- Re-birth - akin to tragedy but the hero realises error before it is too late
At first glance it is quite hard to separate plots from genres - but here is a link to Genre.
(When did Blogger start highlighting only one letter of a link? So easy to miss.) so I shall read both and see if I can appreciate the difference.
Picture: Tim monitoring the bees among the heather...