So much so that what follows is the ten stale set-in-stone conventions of the romantic comedy genre that if we follow point-by-point will, by this article's end, have literally described 98% of the romantic comedies released by all major studios in the last twenty years.
Exposition is crucial to any story, for without it nothing makes sense. There are many ways to present an exposition, including monologues, dialogues, in-universe media (newspapers, letters, reports, journals, etc.), a protagonist’s thoughts, or a narrator’s explanation of past events.
Thrilling escape and return to normality. Discussion. This storyline is similar in many ways to other plots, such as The Quest, though with less purpose. While the quester has an aim, and end point of purpose, the voyager's intent is more about journey and happenstance than specific goals. Many of us live like this.
Overcoming the Monster is an underdog story where the hero sets out to destroy an evil of some kind. Generally, this evil is something larger or greater than the protagonist, and will take great courage and strength to defeat (the story would be over rather quickly otherwise). There are five stages in an Overcoming the Monster plot. 1.
Rags to Riches is essentially what the American Dream can be condensed to. A child grows up with oppressive living conditions or authority figures, usually in poverty, and overcomes them to end the story with wealth, status, a companion, and usually a kingdom of some kind.
The Structure of the Rebirth Plot Type. Unlike the other six plot types, Booker does not give a list of stages for stories of Rebirth. Instead he provides a basic sequence (listed here): A young hero or heroine falls under the shadow of the dark power. For a while, all may seem to go reasonably well. The threat may even seem to have receded.
Rising action in a plot is a series of relevant incidents that create suspense, interest, and tension in a narrative. In literary works, a rising action includes all decisions, characters’ flaws, and background circumstances that together create turns and twists leading to a climax.
Our hero has escaped from doom and makes the return home, having learned a valuable lesson about their home or themselves. In addition to The Phantom Tollbooth, other examples of Voyage and Return plots include Alice in Wonderland, Finding Nemo, and most of the Chronicles of Narnia series.