Kurt Vonnegut Explains All Stories
This weekend I’m heading for Leeds to teach a class about telling scary short stories at SlungLow’s Fun Palace. After I’d written what I was going to say, this came to my attention via a guy called Ian Mason, who suggested that Christopher Booker’s ‘The Seven Basic Plots’ was a rip-off of this clip (not exactly true, as Booker goes into an astounding amount of erudite detail, but I get the joke). Here, the ever-wonderful Vonnegut nails all stories in one go. Interestingly it took Stephen King a full hour on stage to say pretty much the same thing.
Here’s the full version of his thesis, showing the graph system of nailing all stories (click to expand).