The realization that there is nothing new under the sun has hit me really hard the past few days. I've become obsessed with it.
I'm always looking for a new story to tell when in fact what I should
be seeking is a fresh and entertaining way to tell an old story. Every
storyline (whether you believe in three, five, ten, or more plot
theories) basically shakes out to one--there's a dude with a problem,
and will he overcome? Dude can be literal or symbolic--one or more
actual dudes (or she-dudes) or a city of rabbits. It's all the same.
Even the core "problems" (those three, five, ten, or more plots) have
become trite. It's the telling of the story that makes it fresh and
entertaining--but the story itself is nothing new under the sun, ever.
Have you ever read any story or seen any movie where there wasn't a "dude" with a core problem?