Hi everyone! So... I'm working on this... story thing at the moment. I don't know exactly on what medium it will be presented (series of short stories, as a novel, a visual novel, etc.) Last night, I showed the stuff I wrote to my brother and made him run though the current written stuff. He said that it felt generic... so I was like asking him what exactly does generic mean? And what isn't a generic story exactly? I mean- you'd obviously have a hero and a villain, right? and at the end of the story, the villain would normally be defeated and all that. And speaking of generic, there's this 7-act story thing I read that a lot of stories tend to follow. Personally- I feel that a story being "generic" (if generic means that it follows "the Hero defeats Villain and Happy Ending") has nothing to do with how good it is. I just watched Ant Man recently and it pretty much was a good, entertaining movie. I felt like they didn't have to pull off some hipster plot for it to be great. It was entertaining, funny, and solid. So I was wondering- what do you guys think? Do you really need to try to find something "original" for it to be good? I'm working on a story right now. It has a "Generic" Plot Line. It goes like this: Beginning: A war is currently going on. The Main Character is lost and broken. He decides to leave home along with his dog in hopes to find a better life- an adventure. During the short adventure, he lost his dog, his only family left (Inciting Incident). He gets into a state of despair. He meets a demon who helps him and lets him know he has a responsibility. Middle: The main character and the demon go through a series of trials. They encounter allies and enemies who become allies along the way. They find out the key needed to end the war- a fourth realm called “Aetheria”, the land of the Fae. The Fae have the power to resist the Celestial’s powers, Lumen. They also find out the man behind the war- and how it started. End: The great Celestial Seraph, Lord Sol is defeated. The worlds are finally at peace... It's pretty simple when it comes to plot. It's "nothing new". However, I feel like what truly makes each and every story unique is that they are written with each of our own unique voices. That's all.