What’s Your Favorite Story Premise?


We all know that genre fiction tends to follow certain patterns and it’s our job as writers to put a new spin on those patterns.  Even so, there are storylines (even with new twists) we like to see time and time again, such as the secret baby, the reunited lovers, the Cinderella stories, and many many more.  So my question for you today is a simple one:

What story premise (or “generalized” foundation for a story) do you NEVER get tired of seeing?

My answer is easy and it hasn’t changed since I was a child:  I’ll never tire of reading about the little cinder girl getting her prince. :)

17 Comment(s)

  1. Beauty and the Beast! There is nothing I love more than a wounded hero. A good battle of the sexes story works for me too.

    Great question!

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’m with Laurie. I love a good Beauty and the Beast story. The wounded hero makes the love story hard fought for. As long as it isn’t overdone the emotions in a Beauty and the Beast story really draw me in.

    I wonder, are there any movies out there with a Beauty and the Beast type of a theme?

    Renee | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. Never get tired? Never?

    That’s a hard one.

    I guess the one I tolerate the best in Romance is the old flames stories. The pair that missed each other the first time due to their friendship or other blockage that gets a second crack at it and takes the plunge. I like those.

    Alice | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. I’m with you, Brynna, I never tire of the Cinderella set-up. I’ll watch films like Ever After over and over again.

    Terrio | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  5. Hard to choose just one, Bryn. But if I have to, ;) it would be the second chance stories.

    Great question!

    Anastasia St. James | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  6. Renee, I’d love to find some modern day Beauty and the Beast movies, or even different versions. They have tons of the Cinderella story.

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  7. I totally have to agree with you, Bryn. There’s nothing better than watching Cinderella get her fella. :) Although…I never get tired of those wounded hero stories either. Hmmm… Can we pick more than one favorite premise?

    Sasha Allgood | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  8. Terrio, I love Ever After. Heck, I love all fairy tales. That was one of the great things about having a girl child – being able to indulge in those movies without guilt for making my dh watch them too. ;)

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  9. Sasha, I did so I guess you can too. :D

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  10. Alice and Ana, I like the second chance at love theme too. Not as well as my other two, but there have been some fabulous stories with that theme.

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  11. Ooooh, I adore Beauty and the Beast . . . I listen to the soundtrack when I write. I’ve even seen the Broadway production. :) I think Phantom of the Opera is a bit in that direction, though Erik is too far gone in the actual story. And I’ve read some romances with the theme. I’m fairly certain that’s the next fairy tale Eloisa James is putting her spin on. :)

    Brynna | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  12. I just watched Ever After (again) last night. lol. And I’m sure it won’t be the last time.

    Brynna | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  13. And Ana, you know I love those second chance stories . . . believing we can get it right. That’s one of the reasons I’m one of the few who REALLY liked Letters to Juliet. :)

    Brynna | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  14. As for Beauty and the Beast movies . . . I think there have been some attempts, but they’re not coming to my brain right now. Anyone else know?

    Brynna | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  15. I love the second chance stories too. Some day I want to write one about a married couple that has to rediscover who they are after the nest is empty, or maybe cope with the loss of a child. It’s kind of a second chance.

    Renee | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  16. Great premise, Renee. I read a novel by Linda Lael Miller that was sort of about that. I think it was called One Last Weekend. ;)

    Brynna | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

  17. Brynna, how could I have forgotten Phantom??? One of my favorites!

    I really liked Letters to Juliet too.

    Oh, BTW, loved the picture! Cinderella with a gothic look.

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

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