1.MONSTER IN THE HOUSE = a monster + a house
confined space, sin-committed monster, twist
2. GOLDEN FLEECE
A hero goes "on the road" in search of one thing and winds up discovering somethingelse-himself.
It's not the incidents, it's what the hero learns about himself from those incidents that makes the story work.
3. OUT OF BOTTLE="I wish I had a __"
Cinderella under the thumb-succeeds-for not too long-learns that magic is not everything.
4. DUDE WITH A PROBLEM=an ordinary guy(dude) finds himself in extraordinary circumstances (problem)
It's the relative size of the challenge that makes these stories work.
5. RITES OF PASSAGE
These are tales of pain and torment, but usually from an outside force: life.
The hero's slow realization of who and what that monster is.
Surrendering, giving up to the forces stronger than ourselves, acceptance of our humanity, smile
6. BUDDY LOVE=me-and-my-best-friend love story in disguise
Hate each other-adventure together-need each other-more conflicts-separation-reunion
Hero (changing)+calatyst man (less changing)
Dark side, shadowy part
We in the audience are detectives, ultimately.
It turns the x-Ray machine back on ourselves and asks:"are we the evil?"
8. THE FOOL TRIUMPANT
Set the underdog fool against a bigger, more powerful and often "establishment" guy.
This genre tells stories about groups, institutions and families.
A breakout character
Pros and cons of putting the group ahead of ourselves
Often movies of the institutionalized category will be told from the point of view of a newcomer
An extraordinary person finds himself in an ordinary world.
Ultimately, all superhero tales are about being "different".
The creation myth that begins each superhero franchise stresses sympathy for the superhero's plight.
Indeed, our identification with him must come from sympathy for the plight of misunderstood.