|Camilla Franks at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, photo by Eva Rinaldi, via Flickr|
After a second look, I realized that actually one of them wore a pull-over blouse, while the other had on a short-sleeved cardigan.
What could this discovery have to do with writing?
Well, some authors get the notion that others steal their ideas. In some cases, that might be true. However, in many, it's not.
According to British journalist and author, Christopher Booker, in his book, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, there are only seven basic storylines.
Wikipedia lists them along with examples, of which I've provided one for each.
1. Overcoming the Monster - James Bond
2. Rags to Riches - Cinderella
3. The Quest - The Wizard of Oz
4. Voyage and Return - Odyssey
5. Comedy - A Midsummer Night's Dream
6. Tragedy - The Picture of Dorian Gray
7. Rebirth - Sleeping Beauty
For every example here, there are many others which also follow the same basic plot, yet are unique in their own right.
In other words, there may be seven plots, but it's what authors do with them that set their stories apart.
Can you think of an example from one of your books, or another's, using one of these plots?
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