Two kinds of narratives that I came across.We all have read something at some point in our lives. And there are tons of genres nowadays available to choose from. But here is what I found fascinating. You can classify all those stories under two patterns. Concept driven stories and plot driven stories.
Concept driven stories are unique. The idea that the story brings is quite fascinating and appealing in itself. To understand what I mean here I use "the curious case of Benjamin Burton" as an example. It is a classic movie and an unforgettable book. The summary of the story is that Benjamin Burton was born old. His appearance was that of an old man when he was born. But as he grows up he grows younger. When he's 80, he becomes a baby. So basically it's reverse aging.
Wasn't the story just amazing? The very concept behind the story was unheard of before then and
only the concept alone can make anyone interested in watching/reading it. I know that even the ISC members who learnt of this movie for the first time would now feel compelled to experience it.
There aren't many concept driven stories. Partly because they are too hard to write. Many concept driven stories cannot keep their initial build up as story progresses and fall apart.
Then comes our regular old plot driven stories where the actions of the characters take stead in driving the plot. This is the easier method. Most authors let the character build the world than building a unique world.
This is my observation. And I have never encountered a story that is not part of either of the categories. A story has to fall in either of these two categories. Would you agree with my observation? What path suits better to you ?