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When a king from Japan learns to knit, not everybody is supportive. However, his fortunes improve when his arch enemy becomes a politician. The king realises his arch enemy is a true friend and they ride off into the sunset together.


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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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