In his book, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, Christopher Booker claims that nearly all western literature can be categorized into one of seven basic story lines: Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, The Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy, and Rebirth. While this blog certainly couldn’t be mistaken for literature, I wondered how I could use Booker’s schema to summarize my life in Kellie’s World? Here’s what I came up with:
1. Overcoming the Monster - A couple struggles to exorcise four demons. Tired, exhausted, and broke, they surrender all hope and just wait for them to grow up and move out.
2. Rags to Riches - Single mother whose worldly possessions fit into two large suit cases marries handsome young naval officer and leads a life filled with puppies, sports cars, and vacations.
3. The Quest - One man looks for his sanity in an irrational world he cannot comprehend, while those around him believe everything is normal.
4. Voyage and Return - An American family travels to France. Pick pockets at the Louvre steal everyone’s passports from dad’s murse.
5. Comedy - A husband extorts sex and consumer electronics from his wife each time she wants another pet.
6. Tragedy - Handsome young naval officer suffers financial ruin after marrying a single mother who spends all his money on puppies, sports cars, and vacations.
7. Rebirth - A husband has an epiphany and begins saying, “Yes dear, whatever you desire,” to every request his wife makes. He then spends the rest of his days on a cruise ship with his wife and her two mutts.