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An attempt to enumerate the Ur-plots...
What qualifies a plot as a Master Plot? Hard to say. Let's take Tobias' list as a kicking off point. He contends there are twenty basic stories. Any of these can be used in genre.
- The Riddle
- Forbidden Love
- Wretched Excess
from: Tobias, Ronald B. 20 Master Plots. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 1993. (ISBN 0-89879-595-8)
Compare Booker's The Seven Basic Plots.