skullivan said: Top 3 plot premises. From anything.
Man, give me the most difficult one possible, why don’t you. First of all it makes me have to figure out what a “plot premise” even is. After a lot of thought, I decided that a plot premise is basically qualifiable as a story prompt simplified down to the bare characters and their actions that get the plot moving, plus the general direction the plot proceeds to move in, removed from the details of the characters, setting, presentation, etc… So basically a “badly describe X” meme. And the top specimens are those that still make you want to see it done.
So that disqualifies any “boy meets girl” plots, even if boy and/or girl are really interesting characters, unless their meeting also leads directly into amazing events (so I guess Scott Pilgrim would qualify). It also disqualifies, say, the first season of Digimon, since “kids are spirited away into a mysterious world and have to find their way out” has been done, and the really interesting bits are in the metaphysics of the setting. Considering that setting and characters and presentation and stuff are most important to me, that’s pretty harsh.
Also “anything” is just a little bit broad.
But anyway, based on this premise, here’s the premises.
"Guy with no short term memory has to rely on notes he leaves to himself to find the murderers of his wife. Or so he thinks."
This one is kinda cheating a little because I mostly like this premise for how it directly informs the presentation. It has a certain meta layer in that we’re not just following a guy on a search for revenge, but we’re following the story as he tells it to himself. (Fight Club does a kind of similar thing.)
"Boy wants to emulate his deceased father, who was a renowned adventurer and explorer, stops playing adventurer and sets out to have a real adventure in a world where no one takes adventurers seriously anymore because the End of the World has been discovered. Or so they think."
Grandia mostly lives from its characters, but I also really adore the subtle meta layers that this premise hints at. Boy starts out playing adventure, adventure stops being a game. “End of the world” discredits the setting’s internal meta-narrative of the adventuring era. Beautiful, beautiful meta layers.
And speaking of beloved meta:
1. Princess Tutu
"Dead author whose magic power to bring stories to life gives duck who fell in love with a fairytale prince a human form and magical powers to protect him but also curses her to die if she confesses her love, proceeds to play her and everyone else as a puppet in order to write an interesting story ending in tragedy. Or so he wishes."
gentle reminder that cleopatra’s beauty is rumored to have started wars in ancient history
gentle reminder that people are evolving to be more and more attractive
gentle reminder that your beauty probably would have started at least 2 wars by now if you lived in 30 BC
wat a gently delivered compliment thank u