MMXV vi – Basic Plots

story blueprints

The skeleton plots are relatively simple, but the settings, eras, pacing and characterisations around only 7 basic plots is intriguing.

Christopher Booker spent 34 years (so you don’t have to!) unpacking these in The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, using examples from ancient myths and folk talks via plays, movies, TV and novels Booker highlights 7 archetypal recurring themes of:

• Overcoming The Monster

• Rags to Riches

• The Quest

• Voyage & Return

• Comedy

• Tragedy

• Rebirth

at http://bit.ly/storycentralBASICPLOTS

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MMXV iv – Tribes

exclusive inclusivityEpic storyworlds such as Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Hunger Games have all layered in ‘people groups’, offering audiences a choice of which ‘type’ of District, House or Kingdom they’d like to vicariously inhabit as they immerse themselves and suspend disbelief…

See our take on the value of exclusive inclusivity at http://bit.ly/storycentralTRIBES

MMXV iii – Seductive Interaction Design

We have a thing about the term ‘gamification’ – only in that the focus should be on FUN and not just ‘game’…

seductive interaction design book cover

Seductive Interaction Design takes a sneaky and cheeky look at Stephen Anderson’s book of the same title and asks, ‘why do we do the things we do’ and ‘can we change behaviours by making interaction fun?’

Check out ‘piano .vs. stairs’ at http://bit.ly/storycentralSEDUCTIVEDESIGN

 

MMXV ii – Archetypes vs Stereotypes

Firstly, thank you all for your fantastic and positive feedback to our first MMXV 52 last week. Your emails and requests to hop on our mailing list were overwhelming. :)

Here we have our second instalment - http://issuu.com/storycentral/docs/mmxv_ii_13jan15 where we take a quick look at the power of character-centric storytelling and the depth of an archetypal character rather than a 2-dimensional cliched stereotype.

Thanks for staying with us!

stereotype as 2D

For 52 weeks, storycentral is excited to instigate conversation, provoke thinking and continue to refine and focus what’s hot and what’s not in modern storytelling and pervasive entertainment. We’d love to include you on our mailing list so that you don’t have to miss a thing.  Just email us at storycentralDIGITAL@yahoo.co.uk with subject heading MMXV YES to be looped into our little family!

 

MMXV i – The Big Idea: Theme & Heartbeat

6th January 2015 – MMXV i

Happy Tuesday MMXV 52′ers!

OK, so here’s the first of the storycentral MMXV 52 series for 2015 - http://issuu.com/storycentral/docs/mmxv_i_6jan15/0

This is a light touch on theme in story and we’ve called it The Big Idea.  Theme in story is stronger when framed as a question or a conflict – as anyone who’s observed the judicial system will tell you, the stronger both sides argue, the more riveting the trial.

Theme is the centrepiece, the foundation stone to the storycentral approach and as one of the most frequently discussed topics we figured it makes sense to shine a little light on this first.

MMXV i

For 52 weeks, storycentral is excited to instigate conversation, provoke thinking and continue to refine and focus what’s hot and what’s not in modern storytelling and pervasive entertainment. We’d love to include you on our mailing list so that you don’t have to miss a thing.  Just email us at storycentralDIGITAL@yahoo.co.uk with subject heading MMXV YES to be looped into our little family!