Story Book- Types of Story

According to Christopher Booker there are only seven basic plot lines to any story written. These are: overcoming the monster, rags to riches, the quest, voyage and return, comedy, tragedy and rebirth. We discussed example of the basic plot lines. We found some of the examples fitted into more than one of the basic plot lines.

Overcoming the Monster
This is normally a story an underdog who defeats some sort of evil which is normally the stronger party. An excellent example of this is Harry Potter; Harry starts as the boy who lives under his aunt and uncle’s stairs and then goes on to defeat the evil and extremely powerful Lord Voldemort. More examples include:-

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  • Mario
  • The Clash of Titans
  • Evolution
  • Basically any war film
  • Star Wars
  • Jaws
  • James Bond

Rags to Riches

Rags to riches stories are normally tales of struggles and against all odds, there’s heroic survival and  triumph. They are to inspired people and give hope. Some examples are:-

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  • King Arthur
  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Oliver Twist
  • Dick Whittington
  • Slum Dog Millionaire
  • Wolf of War Street
  • Rocky
  • Every single rom-com


Similposter_1984_lrgar to rags and riches but when the villain wins. Examples of this are:-

  • Animal Farm
  • 1984
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Blackhadder
  • Weathering heights
  • Breaking Bad
  • King Lear
  • Hamlet
  • The Lovely Bones

Voyage and Return

The main character goes on a journey and returns home better off then in the beginning like they have learnt something or have gained riches. Examples are:-

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  • War Horse
  • The Hobbit
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Percy Jackson
  • The Lion King
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Labyrinth
  • Corraline

The Quest

This is when the hero of the story goes on a journey to find something, like an object this could be known or unknown to the character. Often he or she brings a group of friends with them on the adventure.

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  • Stand By Me
  • The Goonies
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Willow
  • Finding Nemo
  • Paul
  • Shrek
  • Toy Story
  • The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy


This is when two people, for some reason, can not be together. This creates a range of situations that can be quite difficult for the characters to figure out but they eventually figure it out in the end.This again situations that can be quite difficult for the characters to figure out but they eventually figure it out in the end.This again is like every predictable romantic comedy ever made or written. Examples of comedies are:-

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  • A Midsummer’s Nights Dream
  • Love Actually
  • Friends
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Bridget Jones’ Dairy
  • Mamma Mia
  • Much You Do about Nothing
  • She’s the Man
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding


wicked-the-musical-broadway-poster-46This is quite like the tragedy plot lines but the hero realizes error of their ways before it’s too late while there is still time for them to change and to but to right.

  • The Grinch
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Maleficent
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Despicable Me
  • Return of the Jedi
  • Wicked

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