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Read í The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ [BOOKS] ✮ The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories Author Christopher Booker – This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age This remarkable and monumental book Seven Basic PDFEPUB #236 at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world Using a wealth of examples from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV soap operas of today it shows that there are seven The PDFEPUBarchetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling But this is o. This is an incredibly fascinating book As an English major in my former life ie 40 years ago I was intrigued by the seven basic plots that drive most stories whether those stories are told in books or movies It is simply a delight to see how the books I have read and loved fit into these seven categories In addition to explaining and illustrating these categories Booker gives an interesting overview of the historical development of comedy and shows how literature in the twentieth century developed in response to world events ie WWII and the cultural movements One of the take aways I particularly loved was Booker's explanation of why happy endings a man and woman happily in love after overcoming great obstacles is so satisfying and ubiuitous Booker writes “No idea is central to storytelling as we have seen than that of one generation succeeding to another and of the need for the hero to reach true maturity so that this can be achieved in the right way” This is a long book 750 pages but it is well worth a thoughtful read

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Nly the prelude to an investigation into how and why we are 'programmed' to imagine stories in these ways and how they relate to the inmost patterns of human psychology Drawing on a vast array of examples from Proust to detective stories from the Maruis de Sade to ET Christopher Booker then leads us The Seven Basic Epub #224 through the extraordinary changes in the nature of storytelling over the past years and why so many stories have 'lost the plot' by losing touch wi. At the end of the book Christopher Booker describes how the writing of his book spanned 34 years Having bought this book in 2006 and only just finished it I was in danger of taking longer to read the book than the author took to write itInitially I read about one third of the book and it then languished on a shelf for over a decade before I picked it up again last year 2018 Since then I have steadily worked through the remainder and as I’ve read I have realized why it got put to one side it isn’t a book which I derived much enjoyment or illumination from readingAlthough it would be obvious to say that his analysis is an attempt to see how all stories can be slotted into seven basic pigeonholes there is also an underlying framework of Jungian psychology which permeates the bookHis estimation of Jung is given on page 554 and runs “This his central contribution to our understanding of the unconscious was one of the greatest intuitive discoveries of the twentieth century ranking alongside those of Einstein and other nuclear physicists or Watson and Crick’s double helix”Back in the 1980s I read some Jung and eagerly looked forward to having a discussion with a friend who was studying Psychology at university It was very disappointing to discover that Psychology had moved on and Jung didn’t even get a passing mention Of course there will be Jungian psychotherapists who still value his work but even 35 years ago his work was already looking uite anachronisticThis for me is one of the pitfalls which this book falls into over and over again trying to shoehorn literature into a framework which is not really adeuate to the task It results in some absurdities as noted by other critical reviewers where great literature gets lambasted and fairly trivial work gets praisedWar and Peace is described on page 397 as a ‘profound and important’ story but he then goes on to say “We also see in the book’s messily unresolved ending how Tolstoy was losing touch with the basic archetype”Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past caused him major headaches and comes in for even harsher treatment On page 438 for example “Thus ends the greatest monument to human egotism in the history of storytelling a book so preoccupied with the ego life of its author that it is not so much a story as a case study the self portrait of a man so frozen in immaturity by the unresolved tie to ‘Mother’ that he is incapable of making any contact with the deeper Self”A sensible approach when meeting a work which didn’t fit neatly into one’s schema might have been to call into uestion whether the theoretical framework had certain deficiencies Instead it seems to have resulted in toys being thrown out of the pramThis is my main objection to the book However I also had minor uibbles about his grasp of science and history Overall it was not a book which I enjoyed reading and I think that forcing things into the Jungian framework resulted in too many absurdities

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The Seven Basic Plots Why We Tell StoriesTh their underlying archetypal purposeBooker analyses why evolution has given us the need to tell stories and illustrates how storytelling has provided a uniuely revealing mirror to mankind's psychological development over the past yearsThis seminal book The Seven Basic Plots Why MOBI #190 opens up in The Seven Basic Plots Why MOBI #190 an entirely new way our understanding of the real purpose storytelling plays in our lives and will be a talking point for years to come. Are there only a small number of ‘basic stories’ that all stories draw and elaborate on Christopher Booker not only answers convincingly yes but he names analyses and fascinatingly illustrates them with countless familiar examples from Hamlet to Fawlty Towers goes on to explain how they arise naturally from the human condition and explores how the story of humanity itself cannot but follow the same models towards the same outcome of either mature integrity or tragic nemesis 700 pages was daunting and I decided to read 20 a day alongside whatever else I was reading An enjoyable fascinating 5 week marathon that has me looking at almost everything – from novels to TV drama to the news to life itself – with new eyes eg Did you know the news bulletins we tune into each day hook and addict their consumers in the same way as a soap opera One small criticism Booker’s many synopses of the stories out there are great and so is his analysis of the patterns they reveal but he repeats synopses and analysis at length a lot which had me skimming Reading his ‘Personal Note’ pps 703 705 I forgave him this completely The book took him 34 years to write its planned shape was unclear and amorphous when he set out his ideas developed through numerous drafts I sense the slightly annoying repetition is a symptom of his joining the dots for himself as he pushed forward and outward – scaffolding that hasn’t been taken down from the completed edifice The book is itself a hero’s journey and my hero today is Christopher Booker PS I understand why some reviewers have read his analysis as sexist I worried as I was reading that his labels ‘masculine’ ‘feminine’ ‘father’ ‘mother’ would provoke this view I read them as labels for abstract ualities and roles not attitudes to gender as such It was also a pity that Booker labels the antithesis of ego ‘the Self’ ‘The Unself’ or some word suggesting maturitywholenessintegrity would be less counter intuitive