Friday, April 20, 2007

I found this posted-- quite randomly-- at a South African writers' collective's website, and thought it was clever. Posted under the title "Are there no new plotlines?"


3 comments:

Lizbert said...

WORD

Matt McDonald said...

http://metaphilm.com/philm.php?id=29_0_2_0

There's a link that describes the uncanny similarities between Calvin & Hobbes and Fight Club.

Although, I'm of the school of thought that says there's only one possible storyline, and two points of view:

"Person comes to town," and "Person goes on a journey," which are the same story from opposite points of view.

If you can come up with an example of a story that doesn't fit that model, you'll be my hero. 8^)

Jonathan / 赵晨为 said...

Excellent link, Matt!

The Calvin-Jack connection is eerily well-proved.

I've hear Mark Twain claimed there were only seven plot lines in all of literature; you've got it down to two (or one). From whence does this school of thought stem?

And where in your coming/going scheme do stories such as Romeo and Juliet or 1984 come in; stories that are wholly about relationships?