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The Action Plot

 

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Description

The action plot is very common and usually quite simple. It is based around the discovery of a problem of some kind and the story leads you through the process of its resolution. The storyline is generally sequential, leading you inexorably by the nose to the final satisfying answer. Detective stories and adventure stories often use this format.

Example

Arthur Conan Doyles' 'Sherlock Holmes' stories and books by R. L. Stephenson, such as Treasure Island.

Discussion

Action plots are relative 'no-brainers' in that we can simply sit back and vicariously enjoy the action, safe in our armchairs but vicariously experiencing the hazards, thrills and spills that the hero takes in our stead. With a little more stimulation may also enjoy second-guessing the plot, trying to figure out what will happen next and 'who done it'.

The Action Plot is one of Friedman's story plots.

See also

Friedman, N. (1955). Forms of the Plot. Journal of General Education. 8: 241-253

 

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