Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by HellOnEarth, Mar 5, 2007.
imo, there are only 3... and they were painted on their authors' cave walls long ago... everything written since, is just creative plagiarism...
man vs god
man vs man
man vs self
here's what's wrong with that list you linked to:
[wo]man vs. nature [= god]
[wo]man vs. man
[wo]man vs. the environment [= nature, thus god]
[wo]man vs. machines/technology [= man, since it's generated by them]
[wo]man vs. the supernatural [= god]
[wo]man vs. self
[wo]man vs. god/religion
Wiki lists those as types of conflict rather than plot.
There's no consensus about how many basic plot types there are, and you'll find suggestions for various numbers on the internet. Personally, I found Christopher Booker's The Seven Basic Plots useful. He identifies seven basic plot types:
- Overcoming the monster
- Rags to riches
- The quest
- Voyage and return
I don't doubt that it's possible to group stories differently and come up with a different number, but I thought his book was a pretty good treatment of the subject of plot all the same.
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