Thursday, 14 April 2011

Story line?

Can a story line or plot ever be used too many times? Do they ever get old?

Now I have read about there only being:

1 real plot (conflict),

7 real plots (man vs nature, man vs man, man vs environment, man vs machines, man vs supernatural, man vs self, man bas god/religion),

20 plots (Quest, adventure, pursuit, rescue, escape, revenge, the riddle, rivalry, underdog, temptation, metamorphosis, transformation, maturation, love, forbidden love, sacrifice, discovery, wretched excess, ascension, and descension)

Or the very wordy 36 plots.... (Supplication (in which the Supplicant must beg something from Power in authority), Deliverance, Crime Pursued by Vengeance, Vengeance taken for kindred upon kindred, Pursuit, Disaster, Falling Prey to Cruelty of Misfortune, Revolt, Daring Enterprise, Abduction, The Enigma (temptation or a riddle), Obtaining, Enmity of Kinsmen, Rivalry of Kinsmen, Murderous Adultery, Madness, Fatal Imprudence, Involuntary Crimes of Love (example: discovery that one has married one’s mother, sister, etc.), Slaying of a Kinsman Unrecognized, Self-Sacrificing for an Ideal, Self-Sacrifice for Kindred, All Sacrificed for Passion, Necessity of Sacrificing Loved Ones, Rivalry of Superior and Inferior, Adultery, Crimes of Love, Discovery of the Dishonor of a Loved One, Obstacles to Love, An Enemy Loved, Ambition, Conflict with a God, Mistaken Jealousy, Erroneous Judgement, Remorse, Recovery of a Lost One, Loss of Loved Ones.)

Which theory you subscribe to, may sway your views on how over used a story line need be. Sadly the point of contention which brought this entire argument into engagement was my viewing of 'Hop' labelled an excellent family movie, featuring a bunny, chicks, and sweets just in time for easter.

Thus I inflict upon you the trailer, and ask who can I speak to about abuse/ overuse of plot. There ought to be a helpline for this sort of thing.

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