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Old 07 March 2019, 03:37 PM
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Reading Six Main Arcs in Storytelling According to AI

From The Atlantic via GetPocket. Rather interesting. I'd love to hear from some of the writers on this board.
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Old 07 March 2019, 05:16 PM
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Uh, I’m not sure that I’m particularly impressed. It’s basically just a series of rise/fall combinations. When you only have those two options, how many different "arcs" do you expect?

"Rise, fall, rise", why stop there? Why not "Rise, fall, rise, fall"? Surely someone has created such a work? That’d expand it to, like, eight arcs, rights?
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Old 07 March 2019, 05:24 PM
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They could increase the number with just three events if they'd allow duplicates. Rise, rise, fall. Fall, rise, rise, etc. That alone would allow 27 different types of stories.
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Old 07 March 2019, 05:29 PM
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Naturally, I assume the rise, rise, fall narrative would be indistinguishable from the rise, fall narrative.

Unless...

What if there was sort of a long plateau between rises? Like, separate adventures, each with an emotional upbeat story arc, followed by a fall, which undid one of the rises, but not the other. Eh? Eh?
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Old 07 March 2019, 06:11 PM
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Also, the Fall storyline leaves off the initial rise without which there could be no fall.

And since every story will eventually end with the death (the ultimate fall) of the protagonist, if by the heat-death of the universe, each Rise story is really a Rise, Fall story.
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Old 07 March 2019, 06:33 PM
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I do recall reading that death, or the specter of it, tends to be prevalent in just about every work of #GreatLiterature.
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A couple of people have written rather circular works, which don't seem to fit into the pattern at all -- that is, there may in a sense be rises and falls, but they all lead around again.

A lot of people's actual lives have rises in some areas going on at the same time as falls in other areas. Good fiction can reflect this.

And I've sometimes been left wondering in an interesting fashion -- I think on purpose -- whether a particular outcome was supposed to be a rise or a fall.
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Thatís a good point. Generational narratives that toy with traditional notions of cause and effect, like One Hundred Years of Solitude, for instance.
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