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The basic plots of fiction

February 26, 2015

Just down the road from me… literally.

With some 130million books in existence, it’s hard to fathom how the literary sphere’s wealth of storylines could be boiled down into just six different categories.

But a professor is now claiming that there are only half a dozen possible plots which any novel can follow.

Matthew Jockers, from the University of Nebraska, has used a high-tech computer system to analyse more than 40,000 novels in a bid to find out the pattern behind storylines.

Intensity by Dean Koontz and A Creed in Stone Creek, by Linda Lael Miller, were two examples of the ‘man on a hill’ format.

Archetype 2

Read the full article @ The Daily Mail while I look for the full report which the article doesn’t link to.