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Friday, 15 October 2010

Story Types


Apparently there are only 7 story categories.

RAGS TO RICHES where the central poor, downtrodden yet deserving character rises from nothing into greatness. They must defeat a foe of some kind to keep their newfound and rightful status. (Aladdin, Cinderella)

QUEST where the central character takes a journey to achieve a certain goal meeting obstacles and forces along the way that try to stop him from achieving it.
This one is great for sequels. (Harry Potter, Lord of Rings)

OVERCOMING A MONSTER where the protagonist must overcome a dark evil being that has exerted a destructive force over a place or people. (Hansel & Gretel)

REBIRTH where the protagonist’s imprisonment is derived from something from within his own psyche. His liberation can only be achieved through the actions of other good forces.
(A Christmas Carol)

JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY where the hero travels to another world, learning things along the way that give him a deeper understanding of himself and the world around him. (Alice in Wonderland, Gulliver’s Travels)

TRAGEDY where the central character goes through a series of actions and decisions that unwittingly brings about their own downfall and result in a cathartic “purging” of emotion. (Hamlet, Emperor’s New Clothes)

COMEDY where the central characters are thrown into a state of confusion and bewilderment where resolution can only be achieved when these restricting factors have been played out to their extremes. (The Missing Postman)


I think, because of my psychology background, the one I tend to automatically choose is rebirth.

Do you have a recurring favourite story type?
Is it consciously chosen or subconscious?