A plot is the foundation of every story. It separates the narrative into a beginning, middle and end. Here are The 6 Simple Plots that Make Up Every Book.
But who knew?
Each and every story falls into one of six simple plots.
Researchers from the University of Vermont and the University of Adelaide gathered over 2,000 works of fiction and analyzed their plots. They based their findings on what happened to the protagonist during the plot.
The Researchers Concluded The Six “Emotional Arcs” of Plot Are:
1. “Rags to Riches” (Steady Rise)
Example: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
2. “Tragedy,” or “Riches to Rags” (Steady Fall)
Example: Romeo and Juliet
3. “Man in a Hole” (Fall to Rise)
Example: The Magic of Oz
4. “Icarus” (Rise to Fall)
Example: The Rome Express
5. “Cinderella” (Rise – Fall – Rise)
Example: A Christmas Carol
6. “Oedipus” (Fall – Rise – Fall)
Example: A Hero of Our Time
The study also found the most popular stories fall into the follow ‘fall-rise-fall’ and ‘rise-fall.’
If you want to learn more, take a look at the following video where author Kurt Vonnegut speaks about how to visualized these arcs into graphs.