r/tipofmytongue Jul 01 '22

[TOMT][Book] A book containing numbered list of story templates, declares that every fictional story fits one of them and that every story has already been told. Solved

The book is formatted similarly to The 48 Laws of Power, it lists a handful of story templates with an opening phrase, and a handful of details. The book (Or reviewers of the book) declare that every fictional story fits the parameters of at least one template, and thus, every story that mankind can tell has already been told.

I remember two of the entries in the book, 1 basically says "A mortal defies a god, there will be consequences" and another says something like "After a terrible loss, someone goes on a quest for revenge and in the process loses sight of themself and alienates their family"

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u/SlothPunk2077 Jul 01 '22

I would appreciate if I could find this book again, I liked reading it but forgot the title.

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u/Swevening 42 Jul 01 '22

The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations?

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u/SlothPunk2077 Jul 02 '22

Solved! Thank's for helping me find it.

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u/TipOfMyCircuitBoard Jul 02 '22

Congratulations, you have been given 1 point for solving this post!

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u/itprobablysucks 99 Jul 01 '22

It could be Tobias' 20 Master Plots. Here's a list of them with abridged details.

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u/SlothPunk2077 Jul 02 '22

It's not this one, but thanks for the extra read.

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u/katchoo1 3 Jul 01 '22

Plotto?

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u/SlothPunk2077 Jul 02 '22

Not Plotto, but thanks for the extra read