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(March 7th 2013, 04:58 PM)Triskele Wrote:
(March 7th 2013, 04:56 PM)quib Wrote:
(March 7th 2013, 12:47 PM)Iogairn Wrote: Two quotes:
1. "They died doing the job they had to do." Night Watch, Terry Pratchet
"No! How dare you? They did the job they they didn't have to do, and they died doing it. They fought for those who'd been abandoned, they fought for one another."
This summarises what I like: people who aren't heroes, fighting and dying, not for some king or for nobility and honour, but ordinary men and women. Because we're all just people, not heroes. Though some of us are heroic people if you see what I mean.

2. "I didn't want to join this war, but I did. I wanted to leave this war, but couldn't." The Wind that Shakes the Barley
This is pretty much the reluctant hero again, but I always like it. Although I found this slightly different because it shows how war has changed him.

so are you one who loves 'the heroes journey', i'm studying about it know and it's incredible how many stories follow exactly the same structure!

For those who find this stuff interesting, it's actually a fun fact that there are only a total of seven basic plots used in all literature. All evolved, all spinned off, all twisted and made their own, but still boiling down to the same seven. There's a nice book about it, too:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seven-Basic-Plot...0826480373

Actually I disagree with this. Simply because literature is no different to everyday stories. A story can include a political scandal or a rumour; they don't have to follow one of the seven plots. The only difference between literature and everyday stories is that literature is written down. I agree that there are certain themes but not plots. Plots can be anything.


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@Iogairn Well tell me a plot line that doesn't fit into one of the 7 please, because I've searched for years and never found one. Understand that in order for a story to be acceptable it actually must have a plot.

BTW the 7 basic plots are 1. Overcoming the Monster, 2. Rags to Riches, 3. The Quest, 4. Voyage and Return, 5. Rebirth, 6. Comedy and 7. Tragedy.
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(March 8th 2013, 12:37 PM)Iogairn Wrote: Actually I disagree with this. Simply because literature is no different to everyday stories. A story can include a political scandal or a rumour; they don't have to follow one of the seven plots. The only difference between literature and everyday stories is that literature is written down. I agree that there are certain themes but not plots. Plots can be anything.

u'll be surprised even everyday events follow these plots it turely is amazing!
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