Why we tell stories

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on Pinterest

The Seven Basic Plots
Why we tell stories
Christopher Booker
ISBN 0-8264-8037-3

Readers of Middlemarch by George Eliot may recall the dry old scholar Rev Casaubon’s failed attempt to create a unifying ‘Key to all Mythologies’. (You may have briefly felt in passing, that Casaubon’s plan was irrelevant and futile.) But Booker has succeeded in doing this and much more – a quite remarkable analysis of the nature of story, in a project which took him 34 years. But do not be misled into thinking that this is a sterile academic book – it is highly readable! And for its 700 pages, remarkably cheap.

Booker’s highly convincing thesis is that almost all stories, from every culture or place in history, display seven archetypal plots. Some stories may indeed contain more than one plot, occasionally all seven. Stories that try to subvert their natural archetype can seem unsatisfying to us – jarring, like an out-of-tune or incomplete piece of music.

This book has huge significance for any Christian communicator, as it analyzes why we tell stories.

Why has God wired up our brains in this way? Add your comments below.

Read more

Subscribe, share & re-use . . .
GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by email, once or twice a week: Feedburner email | or by Twitter:

HELP! How Internet Evangelism Day can help YOU and your church. Please help us: complete this short digital outreach questionnaire and get free ebook Tweeting Church.
arrow icon Please also share this post on Facebook, Twitter and Google +1 using the one-click links below. You can also automatically syndicate our blog posts to your Facebook Timeline (and/or your Twitter stream) in three easy steps.
creative commons icon You are welcome to use this item on your own blog as a guest blog post, or republish in any online or print newsletter. We also offer other free articles.
LATEST BULLETIN Latest issue of Web Evangelism Bulletin is now online. One-click subscribe to Feedburner summary email here.
download graphic FREE e-book downloads – a range of free PDF books and other downloadable resources

Please share THIS post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest etc:

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on Pinterest

Leave a Reply