Thursday Thirteen #4: 13 Plot Devices I Love to Read

It took me a bit to come up with this one.  Thirteen is a lot of anything, and so of course some of these are more favorite than others, some of them can and often do overlap, and there will be some I didn’t manage to think of at the right time. 

Want to mention some of yours?  Stories you love that employ them?  Please comment; I’d love to hear them.  I hope you enjoy the list.

Thirteen Plot devices I love to read
(an incomplete and imperfect list in no particular order)
1. Amnesia
2. First love, true love
3. Back from the dead
4. Impossible relationships
5. Abduction
6. Forced to marry
7. Reunited lovers
8. Youthful crush realized
9. Dual identity
10. H/H* are bookends, a matched pair
11. H/H are salt and pepper shakers, complimentary opposites
12. Orphans and lone-wolves
13. And lastly, I LOVE when the lead-up to a final scene in a movie involves the hero(ine) literally running toward true love and the hope of a future.
*h/h is hero and heroine

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13 responses to “Thursday Thirteen #4: 13 Plot Devices I Love to Read

  1. gypsykitten

    I love #’s 2, 7, 8, 11, and 12, too.

  2. Forbidden love! And “No I don’t no I don’t… Oh, yes I do…”

  3. I’m not a big fan of the Amnesia plot device, personally, but otherwise…I’m with you. I’d also have to add “the secret baby” device. Not “secret teenager” but “baby”. I just love those. 🙂

  4. Forbidden love is one of my favorites too — “I, I want to love you…but, but I cannot!”. 🙂

  5. Good list. #12 is one of my favorites, too.

  6. thanks for checkin out my TT.

    I think that if you have questions about your Mormon friends, they’d probably be more than happy to answer them. Most of the Mormons that i still associate with try to respect other people’s beliefs and will only offer information when people ask for it. ….of course, you may run the risk of them mistaking your curiosity for a desire to be converted. LOL.

  7. Great list! Forbidden love is a great one, along with secret affairs. I guess I’m naughty. 🙂

  8. Oh, yeah, I agree–forbidden love! People who come close to dying to be together.

  9. 1, The heroine isn’t amazingly beautiful, talented, etc. but nevertheless has something unique to bring to the table (Ann Tyler’s novels)

    2. A journey results in an unanticipated reckoning/awakening complete with profound spiritual insights (Amy Tan, The One Hundred Secret Senses)

    3. The absent presence, most famously demonstrated in Rebecca

  10. Interesting list — and I like some of those, too — and I love the ones that damozel, above me, added! 🙂

    And ohhhh yeah, I am hoping so much that Sweat and NaNo both start on Nov. 1 — that would be perfect!

    Happy TT, and thanks for visiting mine!

  11. Great list! I love the best friends become lovers plot if it’s done well.

  12. Interesting idea for a list.

    Happy TT13 🙂

  13. i’ve always loved stories with amnesia; lost and found loves, parents, babies; basicaly anything that messes with assumptions about identity.

    forbidden love is always good.

    and i’m more into eccentricity than conventional anything including beauty.

    excellent TT concept.

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