PLOT FOR THOUGHT

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-

“Terminator 2 good, The Odyssey bad”

You can read the rest of the review here, but I think The Washington Post’s Denis Dutton is a little more articulate and a little less nasty. (although I don’t particularly agree with either of them)

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