On Friday I wrote a guest blog for Mr. Knighton addressing the basic plotlines that run through all stories, and why not coming up with something original is a good thing. You can read it here.
I want to add a brief addendum to what I said, however, and that is that such analysis can only definitively be applied to Western literature. I certainly don’t know enough about African, Asian, Aboriginal or Native American stories to assess how well they fit the paradigm, and Christopher Booker doesn’t include any examples from those traditions in his examination.
As an open question, then, and one with an undoubtedly long and complex answer: do the same forms and lessons within storytelling traditions transcend cultural boundaries, or are they less than universal? Anyone got any thoughts?