I just finished reading Christopher Booker’s The Seven Basic Plots: Why we tell stories.
Weighing in at just over 700 pages, I confess I’ve been reading this sucker since the fall. A drop in the hat compared to the author, though, who spent over 30 years writing the thing.
I found the book engaging, compelling, inspiring, and deeply thought-provoking for all manner of story-related things.
I would highly recommend checking it out if you are a writer or a filmmaker, and have no doubt you’ll find something of value, even if you don’t agree with all of Booker’s ideas.
I did a little googling about the author before tackling this post and feel a bit like I fell down the rabbit hole. A controversial fellow, to say the least, but I’ll leave that stuff up to Wikipedia and your own level of interest.
The book got a mixed reception from the literary community, and I thought I’d include this hilarious headline from a review published by Adam Mars-Jones in The Observer-