I will take you on a journey of discovery to provide a fascinating answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of ‘basic stories’ in the world. And more interesting even a small number of stories you tell yourself to yourself, about yourself. Travelling along a wealth of stories, from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV series of today, i will show you that there are seven plots and twelve heroines which recur throughout every kind of storytelling. They are the stuff the stories you tell yourself are made of.
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 Virginia Woolf to detective stories, from the Jane Austen to J.K. Rowling, I then lead you 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 purpose.
I will show you why evolution has given you the need to tell stories and illustrate how storytelling has provided a uniquely revealing mirror to mankind’s psychological development over the past 5000 years. This heroine’s journey opens up in an entirely new way your understanding of the real purpose storytelling plays in your life, and will be an inspiration for years to come.