[Reading] ➶ The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories Author Christopher Booker – Shiningweb.info

The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories This Remarkable And Monumental Book At Last Provides A Comprehensive Answer To The Age Old Riddle Of Whether There Are Only A Small Number Of Basic Stories In The World Using A Wealth Of Examples, From Ancient Myths And Folk Tales Via The Plays And Novels Of Great Literature To The Popular Movies And TV Soap Operas Of Today, It Shows That There Are Seven Archetypal Themes Which Recur Throughout Every Kind Of Storytelling But This Is Only The Prelude To An Investigation Into How And Why We Are Programmed To Imagine Stories In These Ways, And How They Relate To The Inmost Patterns Of Human Psychology Drawing On A Vast Array Of Examples, From Proust To Detective Stories, From The Marquis De Sade To ET Christopher Booker Then Leads Us Through The Extraordinary Changes In The Nature Of Storytelling Over The Past Years, And Why So Many Stories Have Lost The Plot By Losing Touch With Their Underlying Archetypal Purpose Booker Analyses Why Evolution Has Given Us The Need To Tell Stories And Illustrates How Storytelling Has Provided A Uniquely Revealing Mirror To Mankind S Psychological Development Over The Past YearsThis Seminal Book Opens Up In An Entirely New Way Our Understanding Of The Real Purpose Storytelling Plays In Our Lives, And Will Be A Talking Point For Years To Come


10 thoughts on “The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

  1. says:

    An absolutely infuriating book The basic premise, that there are a limited number of basic structures to be found in narrative storytelling, is fair enough but hardly anything new Booker makes some good connections and some of them are undeniably on the money But


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    Addendum the New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake implicitly argues there are only six basic plots.Back to the regularly scheduled quasi reviewAll in all, there is some incredibly worthwhile information here Too bad it s overlong, and much worse it shows a nasty writer at hi


  3. says:

    Though I m a little uncomfortable dismissing a book that has taken someone half a lifetime to write, I can t help but think that when it comes to The Seven Basic Plots the author s time could really have been better spent There were points where this book outright insulted me as a l


  4. says:

    So I was uncomfortable, early on, with the extreme heteronormative attitude, and the appropriation of Freudian Jungian discourse as if these theories are just self evident, but I gave it a bit of leeway, because, if problematic, that kind of analysis is at least widespread But my discomfort a


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    700 pages A great deal of which is repetition of ideas and extensive plot summaries of exemplar stories throughout time, and can be skimmed The ideas put forth in this book are appealing intuitively if ultimately unfalsifiable, and familiar if you ve ever gotten into Jungian psychology or Joseph Campbell Basically we re talking about archetypes, the psyche, and evolutionary drives the human desire to re connect with something greater, which might be god orlikely perpetuation of the 700 pages A great deal of which is repetition of ideas and extensive plot summaries of exemplar stories throughout time, and can be skimmed The ideas put forth in this book are appealing intuitively if ultimately unfalsifiable, and familiar if you ve ever gotten into Jungian psychology or Joseph Campbell Basically we re talking about archetypes, the psyche, and evolutionary drives the human desire to re connect with something greater, which might be god orlikely perpetuation of the species The plots he identifies as the seven basic are for those curious overcoming the monster, rags to riches, the quest, voyage and return, comedy a specific plot, not necessarily humorous , tragedy, and rebirth and he later adds a few the universal plot is the struggle of light against dark the archetypal family drama is the rise of the son daughter to inner maturity and sexual union, to become the father mother him herself Whatever is confusing to you from my brief summary just might be cleared up by reading skimming these 700 pages yourself Overall, I found it stimulating reading and often found myself jotting down abstract notes pertaining to works in progress if I didn t, as I hoped, find the solution to all my narrative problems, I did find an illuminating new way of framing them


  6. says:

    Finished at last What an utter waste of time but in a sick sort of way I just had to keep going, to see just how bad it could get He started off with a good idea that a lot of stories have similar basic plot outlines Unfortunately he then gets a bit carried away, comes up with a formula, then applies it not just


  7. says:

    This book is 5x thicker than it needed to be If it didn t make a very few fine observations I would have thrown it against the wall, which would have left a considerable hole.Repetition aside, its greatest weakness is Booker s inability to disentangle his personal prejudices from what makes a story work in the general sen


  8. says:

    This book is actually many things An introduction to the seven basic plots and their many associated archetypes that work in combination A system It can be applied to any story you know and it s fun to do so A tool An almost obligatory read for anyone who invents stories If you don t tap on this 37 years research you re simple on d


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    The Seven Basic PlotsAuthor Christopher BookerPublisher Continuum International Publishing GroupPublished In New York City, NY London, UKDate 2004Pgs 728_________________________________________________REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERSSummary A small number of basic stories permeate the world They are hardwired into the human psyche These plots ex


  10. says:

    I didn t mean to read this book I just wanted to know see what the seven basic plots were But I devoured the first 300 pages in a way that made me realize I just might read all 700 It s just so lucid With all this yummy discussion of well known stories from throughout the ages, FOR all agesThe next 150 pages or so have made me increasingly uneasy, as


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