Well, cool your heels sister, chances are your completely original, never-been-seen-before-idea, has already been written.
RELAX. Apparently every story is basically a remake. There is a common belief that every story ever written falls into one of seven categories.
- Tragedy. Where the hero with a fatal flaw meets a tragic end.
- Comedy. Not necessary a thigh slapping, laugh fest, but always a happy ending, usually of the romantic persuasion.
- Overcoming the Monster.
- Voyage and Return.
- Quest. Ah yes, it is the journey and not the destination that propels the plot forward.
- Rags to Riches.
- Rebirth. This is where the main character has an epiphany and discovers a new meaning of living.
I tend to agree with this list. But then why do we keep writing the same stories over again?
Probably for the same reason musicians keep writing songs with the same notes that Bach and Beethoven used. And the same reason fashion designers come out with new ways to wear pants and jackets each season.
- Tragedy. Macbeth by Shakespeare. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- Comedy. Emma by Jane Austen. When It Happens by Susane Colassanti
- Overcoming the Monster. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
- Voyage and Return. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. Reckless by Cornelia Funke
- Quest. Lord of The Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- Rags to Riches. Cinderella by Brothers Grimm. The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti
- Rebirth. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
What theme does your story fall into? Get any new ideas for your MC? Will they meet a tragic end or have a happy romantic ending?
Next Monday I'll be blogging the latest episode of Once Upon A Time.