Writers have always known there are a limited number of storylines. Christopher Booker's Seven Basic Plots popularised the number seven, but others have argued for three, 20 and 36 basic plots - Rudyard Kipling said 69. That's not new. We do tell variations of the same stories over and over. That's not what I mean by the "exhaustion of narrative". What is new is the omnipresence and ubiquity of plot created by media proliferation. We are inundated by narrative. We are swimming in storylines.
Monday, June 22, 2009
In The Guardian, screenwriter Paul Schrader looks at how writers can adapt to a world in which people are subject to an ever increasing number of fictional and reality TV narratives.