Is there truly only one basic storyline in the world?
I have to put some more thought into this, but I've been tossing around an idea lately, and I'd be interested in feedback.
Without actually analyzing every story I've read and enjoyed, a quick survey gave me the sense that they all have one basic plotline, as follows:
Start with a character who is in some way a sympathetic or generally positive figure (protagonist.) The protagonist has some sort of a problem, which is not (or not primarily) his own fault. Dangle a possible solution just out of reach. Throw roadblocks and obtacles in the way. Repeat the last two several times, ending with huge roadblocks that make it seem almost impossible, and then solve the problem in a better way than was originally envisioned.
I suppose that I'm referring to all stories when I say there's only one plot... just the good ones!