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The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker

Title The Seven Basic Plots
Author Christopher Booker
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2005-11-11
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 736
ISBN 1441116516
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV soap operas of today, it shows that there are seven archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling. But this is only the prelude to an investigation into how and why we are 'programmed' to imagine stories in these ways, and how they relate to the inmost patterns of human psychology. Drawing on a vast array of examples, from Proust to detective stories, from the Marquis de Sade to E.T., Christopher Booker then leads us through the extraordinary changes in the nature of storytelling over the past 200 years, and why so many stories have 'lost the plot' by losing touch with their underlying archetypal purpose. Booker analyses why evolution has given us the need to tell stories and illustrates how storytelling has provided a uniquely revealing mirror to mankind's psychological development over the past 5000 years. This seminal book opens up in an entirely new way our understanding of the real purpose storytelling plays in our lives, and will be a talking point for years to come.

Title The Seven Basic Plots
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Release 2006
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Total Pages 736
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Oscar Wilde s The Picture of Dorian Gray An analysis with Christopher Booker s Seven Basic Plots
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Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release 2016-07-13
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 14
ISBN 3668258775
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Essay from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, Ruhr-University of Bochum (Philologie), course: Academic skills, language: English, abstract: Christopher Booker argues in his book "The Seven Basic Plots – Why we tell stories" that “there is a number of plots which are fundamental to the way we tell stories” (Booker 6) and that every single storyline is constructed of one of the seven predetermined plot developments. Booker characterizes each of the possible plots roughly and then states that there cannot be any story that differs from one of these patterns. The author then goes even further. He states that every plot actually runs through the same five stages, which he calls “meta-plot” (Booker 157). In other words C. Booker demonstrates how to analyze the plot of a story by classifying it into the category it fits in and then subdividing its different stages. But does his concept really work for any story? Is it possible to categorize a book into one of Booker ́s seven plots and to subdivide its plot into the five stages of Booker ́s meta-plot afterwards? In order to question whether his theory works for different stories this work deals with the analysis of the novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde according to C. Booker ́s scheme of the Seven Basic Plots.

Seven Basic Plots Literature by HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Title Seven Basic Plots Literature
Author HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Release 1988-12-01
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ISBN 9780002117388
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Groupthink by Christopher Booker

Title Groupthink
Author Christopher Booker
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2020-03-19
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 240
ISBN 1472959086
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In Groupthink, his final book, the late, eminent journalist and bestselling author Christopher Booker seeks to identify the hidden key to understanding much that is disturbing about the world today. With reference to the ideas of a Yale professor who first identified the theory, and to the writings of George Orwell from whose 'newspeak' the word was adapted, Booker sheds new light on the remarkable – and worrying – effects of 'groupthink', and its influence on our society. Booker defines the three rules of groupthink: the adoption of a common view or belief not based on objective reality; the establishment of a consensus of right-minded people, an 'in group'; and the need to treat the views of anyone who questions the belief as wholly unacceptable. He shows how various interest groups, journalists and even governments in the twenty-first century have subscribed to this way of thinking, with deeply disturbing results. As Booker shows, such behaviour has led to a culture of fear, heralded by countless examples throughout history, from Revolutionary Russia to Napoleonic France and Hitler's Germany. In the present moment it has caused countless errors in judgement and the division of society into highly polarised, oppositional factions. From the behaviour of the controversial Rhodes Must Fall movement to the sacking of James Damore of Google, society's attitudes towards gender equality, the Iraq war and the 'European Dream', careers and lives have been lost as those in the 'in-group' police society with their new form of puritanism. As Booker argues, only by examining its underlying causes can we understand the sinister power of groupthink which permeates all aspects of our lives.

Scared to Death by Christopher Booker

Title Scared to Death
Author Christopher Booker
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2020-08-06
Category Political Science
Total Pages 512
ISBN 1472985222
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Newly revised and updated in the light of COVID-19 For most of the latter part of the last century, and the early part of this, Britain has been assailed by a succession of 'scares', from salmonella and eggs to BSE, from the Millennium Bug to bird flu, from DDT to passive smoking, from asbestos to global warming. These scares have become one of the most conspicuous and damaging features of our modern world, so much so that as we entered the third decade of the new century, our senses had become so blunted that we scarcely recognised the real thing for what it was, until it arrived – COVID-19, for which we were almost completely unprepared. The authors analyse the crucial roles of the different factions who perpetrated the scares: from the scientists who misread or manipulated the evidence to the media and lobbyists who eagerly promoted scares without regard to the consequences, and the politicians and officials who came up with absurdly disproportionate responses, leaving us to pay a colossal price. In this updated edition, Scared to Death not only presents a detailed account of the scares that have dominated our society for the past 50 years – through all of which the authors lived – but also examines the background to the COVID-19 pandemic, tracing our lack of preparedness to its roots and then assessing, by way of contrast, why this is the real thing, as opposed to the succession of scares that we have experienced.

The Great Deception by Christopher Booker

Title The Great Deception
Author Christopher Booker
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2016-04-07
Category Political Science
Total Pages 656
ISBN 1472939670
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Now published with a new preface explaining why The Great Deception is of the utmost importance today as it was when it was first published and to coincide with Great Britain's EU referendum in 2016, this book suggests that the United States of Europe and its edict of 'ever closer union' have been based on a colossal confidence trick. The Great Deception tells for the first time the inside story of the most audacious political project of modern times: the plan to unite Europe under a single 'supranational' government. From the 1920s, when the blueprint for the European Union was first conceived by a British civil servant, this meticulously documented account takes the story right up to the moves to give Europe a political constitution, already planned 60 years ago to be the 'crowning dream' of the whole project. The book shows how the gradual assembling of a European government has amounted to a 'slow motion coup d'etat', based on a strategy of deliberate deception, into which Britain's leaders, Macmillan and Heath, were consciously drawn. Drawing on a wealth of new evidence, scarcely an episode of the story does not emerge in startling new light, from the real reasons why de Gaulle kept Britain out in the 1960s to the fall of Mrs Thatcher. The book chillingly shows how Britain's politicians, not least Tony Blair, were consistently outplayed in a game the rules of which they never understood. But it ends by asking whether, from the euro to enlargement, the 'project' has now overreached itself, as a gamble doomed to fail. Since their collaboration began in 1992, Christopher Booker, a Sunday Telegraph columnist, and Richard North, who worked for four years in Brussels and Strasbourg as a senior researcher, have won a unique reputation for their expertise on Britain's relationship to the European Union. Their previous publications included The Mad Officials (1994) and The Castle of Lies (1996). But they regard The Great Deception as the book they had been waiting to write for ten years. Christopher Booker's preface now adds up-to-date detail for the current era as Britain heads inexorably towards a possible 'Brexit'.

Title The Contribution of Fiction to Organizational Ethics
Author Howard Harris
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Release 2014-09-05
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1783509481
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Stories are essential to any organization. They help organizations define who they are, what they do, and how they do it. In this issue we consider how fiction has questioned the moral rules, and examined such situations, and in doing so how it has contributed to our understanding of organizational ethics.

Title One Painting is worth more than One thousand Short stories
Author Roberto Cuccu
Publisher Roberto Cuccu
Release 2020-10-24
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Have you ever been to a museum and been captured by a particular painting? Felt like touching it, establishing a contact in order to discover what you might learn from it? What ideas, insights, or questions sprang to your mind? A single two-surfaced composition can be a source of inspiration and it has been so for many writers who expanded their initial attraction into a well-developed story that captured the attention of a multitude of readers. Why only them? Couldn’t also you be able to do like them and write a story after a painting that stimulated in you a particular reaction? If you see something in it that the artist did not imagine at the time, wouldn’t you like to add it to its value as a work of art that inspires reflection and change. The purpose of this book is twofold: first of all, it’s a reflection on what is at the heart of a creative writing process, with an analysis of the archetypal plots and characters that are found in a short story and an investigation in the working of the creative mind of a young adult. There will be the results of an analysis on the use of creative imagination in young writers, their preferred fictional archetypes, the way they connected their imaginary world to their real life and feelings, and their use of the elemental masculine and feminine principles in the construction of their stories. Secondly, it will be a practical guide on how to write a short story based on a painting from the past. You will be taken by the hand and guided into a journey that will allow you to write a short story about a painting that you consider special, particularly inspiring, that captured your curiosity and heart. There will be practical examples from students who underwent the same experience, at first doubtful of their own abilities to create something original and inspiring, but with the appropriate support, they managed to overcome the obstacles, learn something more about the writing process, and not only that, and eventually acquire some expertise in this field.

Title The Seven Key Elements of Fiction
Author L. Perry Wilbur
Publisher Robert Hale Limited
Release 2001
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 192
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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