I'm certain that most of us here have heard about the idea that there are only 7 (or 8 depending on your source) stories in the world, and each story is just a reimagining of one of the 7. A book was even written about the subect. For those who don't know, the 7 stories have been put forth in these terms: Overcoming the Monster: The protagonist is out to destroy some evil. Rags to Riches: The protagonist in unfortunate circumstances comes into much more favorable circumstances. The Quest: A wonderfully nerdy reality show. Oh, but in this context, the protagonist (or group) goes on a long journey to complete some goal, usually to find something or some place. Voyage and Return: The protagonist goes on a journey and eventually makes their way back home changed somehow. Comedy: Where the focus is on the humorous events that befall the protagonist, or triumph over some circumstances resulting in a happy ending. Tragedy: The protagonist devolves into something unlike their former self and falls from grace, who usually dies. Rebirth: A misguided/unlikeable/lost protagonist is faced with paradigm-shifting events and finds redemption or a new attitude towards life. My question is, do you guys agree with this theory? I know there are others out there claiming there are only 5 stories, or actually 12 stories, or what number have you. I also know that these 7 have also been put forth in other words as well. Does this seem like a fair assessment of the way things are, or do you disagree?