I’m probably the last person in the world to have seen this particular image:
I think it’s a great way for English (Literature) teachers to introduce the fact that many stories share the same basic structure and that even just a few changes can give the impression of a completely different tale. Of course, the real skill of an author comes from characterisation and description and the myriad other aspects that typify good writing… The basic plot is not as important as the skill used to create the final artefact.
What this also reminded me of was that I was once told that there are only 7 fundamental stories. Everything written is merely a variation of something that’s gone before:
- Harry Potter and Star Wars are really just re-workings of the “David and Goliath” myth.
- Pretty Woman is merely Cinderella under another guise.
…and after that, my mind goes blank. Am I mis-remembering this in my old age? Or can you help me identify the seven fundamental stories from which everything else is derived? Please post any ideas and/or links below and put me out of my misery…