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The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 10. November 2005

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'This book...has mind-expanding properties. Not only for anyone interested in literature, but also for those fascinated by wider questions of how human beings organise their societies and explain the outside world to their inmost selves, it is fascinating.' Katherine Sale, FT

'An enormous piece of work...nothing less than the story of all stories. And an extraordinary tale it is ... Booker ranges over vast tracts of literature, drawing together the plots of everything from Beowulf to Bond, from Sophocles to soap opera, from Homer to Homer Simpson, to show the underlying parallels in stories from what appear to be the most disparate sources. If stories are about "what happens next," this book sets out to show that the answer is always "the same things," then to explain why. I found it absolutely fascinating.' Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye

'His prose is a model of clarity, and his lively enthusiamsm for fictions of every description is infectious...The Seven Basic Plots is...one of the most diverting works on storytelling I've ever encountered.' Dennis Dutton, The Washington Post

"Fantastically entertaining" The Times

Number 5 in Foyles bookshop Top Ten

mention in Evangelical Times, 1 May 2009

Title mention in article--, "Books For Keep "

Title mention in article--Neil Philip "Books For Keep "

'This is the most extraordinary, exhilarating book. It always seemed to me that 'the story' was God's way of giving meaning to crude creation. Booker now interprets the mind of God, and analyses not just the novel - which will never to me be quite the same again - but puts the narrative of contemporary human affairs into a new perspective. If it took its author a lifetime to write, one can only feel gratitude that he did it.' Fay Weldon, novelist

'Christopher Booker's mammoth account of plot types, archetypes, their role in literary history and where Western culture has gone horribly wrong.' Times Literary Supplement

'I have been quite bowled over by Christopher Booker's new book. It is so well planned with an excellent beginning and the contrasts and comparisons throughout are highly entertaining as well as informative and most original - and always extremely readable.' John Bayley

'Booker's knowledge and understanding of imaginative literature is unrivalled, his essays on the great authors both illuminating and stimulating. This is a truly important book, an accolade often bestowed and rarely deserved in our modern age.' Dame Beryl Bainbridge

'This is literally an incomparable book, because there is nothing to compare it with. It goes to the heart of man's cultural evolution through the stories we have told since storytelling began. It illuminates our nature, our beliefs and our collective emotions by shining a bright light on them from a completely new angle. Original, profound, fascinating - and on top of it all, a really good read.' Sir Antony Jay, co-author of Yes, Minister

"If you have any interest in fiction and the way it works, you will enjoy this exploration of the seven basic plots and how they have been adapted and developed across the centuries." Writing Magazine

."...remarkable parallels between the structure of the modern film Jaws and that of the Old English Beowulf." Writing Magazine

"This magisterial volume really does offer readers a genuinely fresh and exciting perspective on virtually every tale ever told." Bookmark, July 2005--Sanford Lakoff

'some splendid links between story and reality...enjoyably provocative'--Sanford Lakoff "Morning Star "

'It's hard not to admire the commitment of any writer whose book has taken 34 years to evolve. And there can be no doubting that Christopher Booker's 700-page, exhaustive examination of "Why we tell stories" - the book's subtitle - is a labour of love.'--Sanford Lakoff "Morning Star "

"one of the most brilliant books of recent years"--Sanford Lakoff "Times "

Mentioned in article about author in The Lady, 17/07/07--Sanford Lakoff

Title mention in article--Sanford Lakoff "Books For Keep "

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Breathtaking in its scope and originality, "Seven Basic Plots" examines the basis of story telling in literature, film, and libretto. No one will ever see stories in the same way again. This remarkable and monumental book 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 archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling. But this is only 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 Marquis de Sade to E.T., Christopher Booker then leads us through the extraordinary changes in the nature of storytelling over the past 200 years, and why so many stories have 'lost the plot' by losing touch with their underlying archetypal purpose.

Booker analyses why evolution has given us the need to tell stories and illustrates how storytelling has provided a uniquely revealing mirror to mankind's psychological development over the past 5000 years. This seminal book opens up in 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.

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Bookers Ausgangspunkt ist die Beobachtung, dass sich die riesige Vielzahl unterschiedlicher Handlungen in Erzähltexten, Filmen, Dramen und anderen Medien auf wenige Grundtypen reduzieren lässt. "Der weiße Hai" zum Beispiel weist, wenn man die Handlung etwas abstrakter beschreibend zusammenfasst, große Ähnlichkeiten mit dem altenglischen Epos "Beowulf" auf. Neben dem hier sich zeigenden Grundmuster des "Kampfes gegen das Monster" erkennt er noch weitere 6 Prototyen der Fabel (den Quest, die Reise mit Wiederkehr, die Tragödie, die Komödie, der Aufstieg "from rags to riches" und schließlich die Wiedergeburt).

Interessant zu lesen ist das Ganze als riesiges Panoptikum der Geschichten der Menschheit (wobei der Schwerpunkt auf dem Abendland liegt). Booker lässt das Meer der Geschichten noch einmal vorbeipassieren, und wer große Mythen nur dem Namen nach kennt und Klassiker noch nicht gelesen hat, der bekommt sie hier von einem erzählfreudigen Autor schön zusammengefasst. Tatsächlich redet Booker nicht nur über das Erzählen, sondern er fabuliert so gerne, dass selbst die theoretischen Teile eher erzählerisch als deskriptiv oder argumentativ vermittelt erscheinen.

In theoretischer Hinsicht hinterlässt das Ganze allerdings einen ambivalenten Eindruck. Einerseits bietet er mit seinen Grundmustern ein griffiges Muster, auf das man sich bei der Interpretation sinnvoll beziehen kann. Gerade wer Schwierigkeiten hat, bei der Deutung von Texten eine abstrahierende Distanz einzunehmen, findet bei Booker gute Anhaltspunkte für die Gewinnung überprüfbarer Thesen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It can be applied to any story you know (and it’s fun to do so) 27. Februar 2015
Von Santiago Ortiz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is actually many things:

- An introduction to the seven basic plots and their many associated archetypes that work in combination.

- A system. It can be applied to any story you know (and it’s fun to do so).

- A tool. An almost obligatory read for anyone who invents stories. If you don’t tap on this 37 years research you’re simple on disadvantage. It’s not that everyone should follow the author's guidance in order to write stories that fulfill the self and not the ego, on the contrary, a writer might find herself not wanting to do so, but the structure the book provides is a map to decide when and how to move away or within the Self archetypical path.

- A partial and moral history of literature, and an even more partial and equally moral history of Western culture.

- A psychoanalis of our modern western culture, throughout the stories we invent and the ones we tell ourselves. And it's, indeed, a moralistic analysis, something that can pull the nerves of a grownup reader.

- A compendium of great and diverse stories.

- A source of unexpected spoilers (if you read the book be very careful with this, for it reveals the plot of so many stories and books, that chances are it will spoil something you want to read. I had to overlook several paragraphs when reading).

The Odyssey versus Ulysses, E.T. versus Encounters of the Third Type, Terminator versus Frankenstein… in each comparison the author prefers the first and rejects the second option. Interestingly, this framework (or as I called it: system) allows strange and yet consistent and justifiable comparisons, such as Jaws versus Gilgamesh (borrowing a famous gedankenexperiment from Chomsky, if someone told these two stories to a martian, it will think they are just two slightly different versions of the same). It’s refreshing to see how the author jumps without loss of continuity from Hollywood B movies to universal classics. And this tool's lack of respect for the boundaries between high and low cultures (the below-the-line and the above-the-line archetype), which is itself a moral construct, compensates, in my opinion, its otherwise unbearable moralism regarding other aspects (ego versus self).

In summary: vaccinate yourself against moralism, enjoy this awesome construction and the many stories it contains, be aware of spoilers, and use what you learned to write great new stories.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting but flawed 13. Mai 2013
Von SpunStories B. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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THE SEVEN BASIC PLOTS by Christopher Booker is a provocative book. The basic idea is that any story can be boiled down to one of seven plots:

Overcoming the Monster
Rags to Riches
The Quest
Voyage and Return
Comedy
Tragedy
Rebirth

What is excellent about this book is the amount of learning involved and the interesting connections made between authors as disparate as Jane Austen and Luigi Pirandello. However, this is a big book at over 700 pages, and I think that part of it could have been condensed.

Like other readers, I believe that the strength of the book lies in Part One of the book, titled THE SEVEN GATEWAYS TO THE UNDERWORLD. The following three parts are less strong, mainly because of Booker's contention that any narrative, such as Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, which doesn't conform to what Booker takes to be archytypal norms, is fatally flawed. That this can't possibly be true is borne out by the fact that is ranked at number 59 on Amazon's list of Bargain Books. Readers continue to love this book some 200 years after it was published. So it obviously isn't "fatally flawed" for them.

If you are interested in reading a provocative interesting account of stories, and how they might relate to our psychology, this book is for you. For my part, I think that a strong editorial hand was needed on Parts Two, Three and Four, which were too often filled with silly Freudian cliches. Three stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen must read for teachers and writers 17. Juli 2012
Von Jason M. Coleman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As an English teacher I have often struggled trying to make literature relevant. As a writer I have often struggled with creating memorable, fully fleshed-out characters. Mr. Booker addresses both issues in a matrix of psychology, philosophy, spirituality, and history--all told through the idea of the "story". Would it be easier to teach a group of high school English students the novel Beowulf or the film Jaws? Mr. Booker would say it doesn't matter considering they are (more or less) the same story.

I'm not going to go into too much detail about the book, as just about every reviewer on here will attest that there is no shortage of detail within the book. The book is well over 700 pages, so reading it in its entirety will be quite an undertaking, but the author is not overly-professorial. He writes with a clarity that both provokes thought and can be enjoyed by the high school student all the way up to the English scholar. Believe me, the first 250 pages of archetypal overviews is worth the price of admission. You won't be sorry.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Jungian Archetypes in the Structure of Stories 7. Mai 2017
Von G Chico Martin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
A wealth of information that might be better organized. The author's arguments are interesting, but analysis of particular works is scattered throughout text when it could be located in one place.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I thought this was just going to teach me about plot structure but it was so much more 24. Mai 2014
Von Anne Buist - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Because I downloaded it I never had a sense of size - but its big! The first half is what I thought it was going to be, ie about plot. But even this was so much more in depth, more a history manual than a how to book, delving right back to the ancient Greeks. Because I read extensively it helped that much of what he referred to I had read, but even without this it would be interesting. In the second half he goes to town with the complete analysis of history, social theory and political and literary theory. Kind of like he did this for his PhD but then kept writing and studying the area. I didn't always agree, but it's thought provoking and intelligent - well worth a look.
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