Once upon a time (OUAT is the usual beginning of a story... so I had put that in) Kurt Vonnegut Jr. gave a talk about typical stories, that are inherently appealing: The B-E axis (beginning to end) is the time axis which is horizontal. The vertical axis is Good fortune/happiness/ etc.. for the protagonist. The story starts at some point in the vertical axis (good, not too bad, so-so, not too good, and rather terrible), Vonnegut calls it Good Fortune ===ILL fortune, and the story goes along tracing the fortune from B (beginning) to E (end) of some time. Take a look at the examples in the video. Are certain familiar narrative arcs inherently appealing? | Aeon Videos There is one pattern of the story, that is pretty much a horizonal story from the beginning to the end. I once saw a movie like that too. It was called "My Dinner with Andre". Two guys meet at a restaurant, and talk. Their conversation was the whole movie. What other trajectories could be possible ?