If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

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Most films follow the prototypical structure of introduction, rising action, climax, conclusion, but some go a step beyond that and some of our most beloved movies seem to share the ENTIRETY of their plots as seen above.

You wouldn’t think that The Lion King, Batman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars had much of anything in common, but looking at this chart, it’s clear that there’s a general outline that seems to work pretty well for a franchise no matter the genre.

So all of you attempting to write the next big movie or novel, here’s a quick guide to be on the right path for success. Kind of useful, kind of sad.


  1. Ozy June 15, 2011
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  6. Jim Jahey June 16, 2011
  7. Ozy June 16, 2011
  8. Anthony Ross June 16, 2011
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  10. Sara C. June 16, 2011

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