Category: Plot Lines

Sandwich-Making and Other Subplots

Die technik des sandwich-making dramas

Die technik des sandwich-making dramas

Like all great American novels, this novel will have numerous subplots, illustrated by the plot-lines diagram, including five thousand words devoted to a sandwich-making subplot in which a sandwich is systematically assembled and unassembled multiple times until the desired sandwich is achieved.…

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Review: Plots, Sub-Plots, Mermaids, and Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean Priest-Mermaid Love Subplot

Pirates of the Caribbean Priest-Mermaid Love Subplot

Quite often when I am watching a movie and sometimes when I am reading a book, I find I am more interested in a side story or supporting character than I am in the protagonist or the main plot line. This is especially true when I feel that the protagonist is in no real jeopardy. Often, it’s the supporting characters that bite the dust, so I feel more …

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Dim Notes: Plot Overview for the DaVinci Code


The Tragic Story of Silas the Monk

The DaVinci Codes tells the tragic story of Silas, a monk of Opus Dei, and his effort to sustain his faith in a world that hates albinos. In the beginning of the story, Silas starts on his quest to get the Holy Grail, so he can call in the Age of Aquarius. After confronting the curator of a museum, who turns out to be the debauched leader of …

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The 7 Basic Universal Plots


Do you think that the common plots are Comedy and Tragedy?
Think again.

All sorts of list exist that talk about the number of universal plots. One list had 36, which seemed awfully high for universal plots. Seven seems to be a popular number for universal plot lists, so I developed my own list of 7 universal plots. Originally, my list was written as Man versus Death, Man versus Jerry O’Connell and so forth. However, …

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Italo Calvino Good, Unpublished Guy’s Overstructured Plots Not So Good

The Italo Calvino novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler, opened me up to a completely different type of story-telling. First, the story is written in the second person point of view. You know the second person, that point of view you are warned not even to try, because it is nearly impossible to make it work, but every writer at some point tries anyway. Well, Calvino pulls it off. How?

The knock against …

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