Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories

Simple Shapes of Stories
as told by kurt vonnegut
fed into the computer by David Yang
G Good Fortune/Wealth & Boisterous Good Health
Man In Hole 1
1 but it needn't be about a man and it needn't be about someone getting in to a hole.
Boy Gets Girl 2
2 but it needn't be that, just a way to remember it.
Most Popular Story In Western Civilization 3
3 everytime it's retold someone makes a million dollars
Start a Ltitle above average, why get a depressing person?
B Beginning
Start on an average day, average person, not expecting anything to happen, a day like any other.
It's a little girl. Her mother has died. Her father has remarried a violent tempered ugly woman with two nasty daughters, big daughters
I III Fortune/Sickness& Poverty.
Finds something wonderful! Just loves it! Oh goddamn it!
Somebody gets into trouble
Goes to the party. Dances with the prince, has a swell time.
Gives her a means of transportation
Gives her mascara
Gives her stockings
Gives her shoes
So the fairy godmother comes
Boring boring boring boring boring boring boring
She Poops along on this level until the prince comes along.
There's a slight inclination to that line as I'have drawn it because it takes perhaps 20 seconds, 30 seconds for the grandfather clock strike 12.
gets out of it again.
Got it back again.
The shoe fits.
She achieves off-scale happiness.
People like that! People love that story!They ever get sick of it!
E Electricity.

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories

shared by dky718 on Feb 18
"There's no reason why the Simple Shapes of Stories can't be fed into computers. They are beautiful shapes." Be sure to check out the original clip by Vonnegut:


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