So I'm reading this book and at chapter 8 I'm wondering when the author is going to get to the point. Turns out the book has 45 (!) chapters. I click over to Amazon to see how many pages it has (528!) and I stumble across a review on a different book that says there are only 7 plots in all the world's stories.
What? I must know more about this and google it. Wikipedia lets me down (all I want is a list), but I found the old and new descriptions here.
Man vs Man
Man vs Nature
Man vs Himself
Man vs God
Man vs Society
Man in the Middle
Man meets Woman
Overcoming the Monster
Rags to Riches
Voyage and Return
I love this quote from that same blog post:
"Star Wars is a rags to riches quest where the hero overcomes the monster on a voyage and return while the Villain experiences rebirth at the end."
No wonder it's popular, it's got them all in there somewhere.
This post, on the other hand, mentions 20.