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    Default Which of the 7 Basic Plots in a Book or Movie, Do You Prefer? And Why?

    1) Over Coming the Monster

    Hero learns of a great evil threatening the land, and sets out to destroy it.

    *Beowulf, Terminator

    2) Rags to Riches

    Surrounded by dark forces who suppress and ridicule him, the Hero slowly blossoms into a mature figure who ultimately gets riches, a kingdom, and the perfect mate.

    *Wreck-It Ralph, Jerry Maguire


    3) The Quest

    Hero learns of a great MacGuffin that he desperately wants to find, and sets out to find it, often with companions.

    *Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Lord of the Rings


    4) Voyage and Return

    Hero heads off into a magic land with crazy rules, ultimately triumphs over the madness and returns home far more mature than when he set out.

    *Alice in Wonderland, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


    5) Comedy

    Hero and Heroine are destined to get together, but a dark force is preventing them from doing so; the story conspires to make the dark force repent, and suddenly the Hero and Heroine are free to get together. This is part of a cascade of effects that shows everyone for who they really are, and allows two or more other relationships to correctly form.

    *Much Ado About Nothing, Bridget Jones Diary


    6) Tragedy

    The flip side of the Overcoming the Monster plot. Our protagonist character is the Villain, but we get to watch him slowly spiral down into darkness before he's finally defeated, freeing the land from his evil influence.

    *Sweeney Todd, Scarface


    7) Rebirth

    As with the Tragedy plot, but our protagonist manages to realize his error before it's too late, and does a Heel-Face Turn to avoid inevitable defeat.

    *Sleeping Beauty, The Star Wars saga


    *Examples are from sources other than myself. Which I don't mind if you want to debate some of them. I think that some books/movies can have a combination of plot lines.




    So I was talking with my ESTJ, E8 friend (who favors Rebirth btw), and she mentioned that she had heard that you can tell a lot about a person just by knowing their favorite book. I thought it was interesting and I am inclined to agree with her.

    Her specific interest in stories of rebirth is the redemption of the character. One of the characters she used was Beast, from *Beauty and the Beast.

    -So what's you're favorite kind of plot.
    -And what about that plot makes you like it?
    -Or if one of your favorites is not listed, which category do you think it would fit into?

    Here are some links with more examples:

    The Seven Basic Plots - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    And : Main/The Seven Basic Plots - Television Tropes & Idioms
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    Tragedies.

    Happy endings never seem real.
    I FEEL ALRIGHT
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    No. 4

    This is what i figure life is about
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    My guilty pleasure is #RagstoRiches

    I think I like the part of the story line where the character grows, and becomes independent. It's all about freedom for me. Cinderella and Aladdin were like my favorite Disney movies.
    "Once the game is over, the Pawn and the King go back into the same box"

    Freedom isn't free.
    "Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." ~ Orwell
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    Voyage and return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hive View Post
    Tragedies.

    Happy endings never seem real.
    Agreed completely, I love a good tragedy, although calling it good might seem paradoxical.
    'One of (Lucas) Cranach's masterpieces, discussed by (Joseph) Koerner, is in it's self-referentiality the perfect expression of left-hemisphere emptiness and a precursor of post-modernism. There is no longer anything to point to beyond, nothing Other, so it points pointlessly to itself.' - Iain McGilChrist

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    "Suppose it didn't," said Pooh, after careful thought.
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    Definitely the quest!!

    A close second would be the voyage... But I love quests, the idea of them, and most of the fantasies that I indulge in, books that I love, and movies that inspire me are quest oriented.
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    I'm a sucker for Quests and the Voyage and Returns.

    "Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high.
    Then life seems almost enchanted after all."
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    I think #1 , followed by #3 and #6

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    as long as it's written well, all of them can be alluring. didn't know the literary styles had been exacted, to consensus?

    ...it'll make my work easier should i ever decide to sit down and write those novels...perhaps in my old age..

    i'll simply read a book from each motif so as to get a good sense of them all, then begin on my own..

    i have two main books in the works. feels weird saying that...but i guess technically it's true. don't know if i'll ever really write them, haha.

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