All seven and we’ll watch them fall..
No, this isn’t going to be about the song by Prince, may he rest in peace. This is going to be a post about the seven stories we all tell. The 7 story models are:
- Overcoming the Monster (think Frankenstein)
- Rags to Riches (think Cinderella)
- The Quest (think Man of La Mancha)
- Voyage and Return (think The Odyssey)
- Comedy (think A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)
- Tragedy (think The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
- Rebirth (think A Christmas Carol)
My good friend Kristin told me about this blog idea and I’ve been sitting on it for a few months. Did you know that a majority of shows (stories, movies, everything) rarely stray away from these seven types? Go ahead, sit down and think about it for a minute. Even movies like The Lego Movie fall into one (the quest), or more (overcoming the monster), of the archetypes.
Is there any opportunity for original thought when it comes to a story? Or is that all there is possible in the world of writing and productions? I don’t know, I hope not. Does that mean I am (or any one else is) dissatisfied with the current atmosphere of (or lack thereof) originality? I’m sure you are aware, there’s a whole school of thought in regards to Hollywood productions. But Broadway isn’t far behind either, how many revivals have there been in the last 10 years?
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this but I’m still on the fence. I enjoy these archetypes and I cannot come up with new concepts myself, but I am not opposed to new stories when they become available. Do I actively seek them out? No, so I am not helping their cause of original thought and my desire to have and see original thought. I know, I know–I am caught in a catch 22, something I’ve built myself. Maybe it can be a goal, seek out an independent production that is designed away from one of these archetypes. It’ll require some extra due diligence and research, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it.
Look out for my review and leave me some suggestions in the comments! I look forward to hearing from my readers, every time. ‘Til next time.