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Ashley is an acrobat from Mexico who falls in love with her arch enemy. The two are separated when the arch enemy catches the flu and has to stay in hospital where she meets an irresistable doctor. Ashley remembers that she actually killed her arch enemy ten years previous.


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Plot

According to Christopher Booker, there are seven types of story

Overcoming the Monster

The protagonist sets out to defeat something that threatens him/her or a group they belong to.

Rags to Riches

A protagonist is in some way misfortunte, usually financially. Throughout the story, he/she acquires things such as power, wealth or a love interest.

The Quest

The protagonist sets out to acquire an object or get to a location, facing many obstacles and temptations along the way.

Voyage and Return

The protagonist goes to a strange land and, after overcoming the threats it poses to him or her, returns with experience.

Comedy

A humorous character faces conflict that becomes more and more confusing, but is at last made plain in a single clarifying event.

Tragedy

The protagonist is a hero who makes a mistake that brings about his/her downfall, evoking sympathy.

Rebirth

An important event forces the main character to change his/her ways, often making him/her a better person.

Genre

Although some plot types lend themselves more to some genres than others, genre is a different dimension to plot, and some plots may span across several genres.

Some examples:

Crime

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Suits: Overcoming the Monster, Tragedy, Rebirth

Crime stories usually involve a flawed detective who has to defeat a monster (criminal). Often, the detective will fail to stop the criminal before another crime is committed (tragedy) before growing as a person (rebirth) and sometimes overcoming a personal barrier.

Romance

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Suits: Comedy, Rags to Riches, Rebirth

Ripe for misunderstandings, many romance stories are also comedies. A popular trope is for a character to believe that his/her love interest is out of their league and we watch the character move from rags (single and lonely) to dating their most desired mate (riches). Alternatively, we see a character who's genuinely flawed (often a commitment phobic) changed into a better person by love.

Fantasy

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Suits: the Quest, Voyage and Return, Overcoming the Monster

Fantasy is a great genre for exploring quests, such as finding a magical item or rescuing a Princess. A voyage allows for rich world building.

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