The Plot Thins, or Are No Stories New?

Richard Booker's "The Seven Basic Plots" argues that there is nothing new under the sun when it comes to storytelling.

The New York Times > Books > Books of The Times | 'The Seven Basic Plots': The Plot Thins, or Are No Stories New?: According to Mr. Booker, there are only seven basic plots in the whole world - plots that are recycled again and again in novels, movies, plays and operas. Those seven plots are: 1. Overcoming the Monster, 2. Rags to Riches, 3. The Quest, 4. Voyage and Return, 5. Rebirth, 6. Comedy and 7. Tragedy.