1F Coming Shortage of Unnatural Resources: Plots
May 26, 2007
Besides running out of melodies and rhymes, writers are running out of plots. One observer boils plots down to supplication, deliverance, revenge, vengeance by family upon family, pursuit, victim of cruelty or misfortune, disaster, revolt, daring enterprise, abduction, enigma, obtaining, familial hatred, murderous adultery, madness, fatal imprudence, involuntary crimes of love, killer kills unrecognized kinsman, self sacrifice for an ideal, self sacrifice for kindred, all sacrificed for passion, sacrifice of loved ones, rivalry between superior and inferior, adultery, crimes of love, discovery of dishonor of a loved one, obstacles to love, an enemy loved, ambition, conflict with a god, mistaken jealousy, faulty judgment, remorse, recovery of a lost one, loss of loved ones.
And that just covers one bad weekend.
Another simplifies by arguing that there are only seven plots to all of literature.
After tossing around various possibilities, another observer really gets down to basics by boiling all plots down to two:
- Everyone gets killed.
- Only the bad guys get killed.
When you get right down to it, you face nothing less in the rest of your life but re-runs.