McKee on archetypes and stereotypes of story

by on 27/10/09 at 8:00 am

The archetypal story unearths a universally human experience, then wraps itself inside a unique, culture-specific expression. A stereotypical story reverses this pattern: It suffers a poverty of both content and form. It confines itself to a narrow, culture-specific experience and dresses in stale, nonspecific generalties.–Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting


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