UVM Story Study Finds 6 Plots of All Stories


University of Vermont PhD. candidate Andy Reagan and his team at the Computational Story Lab found the six emotional arcs in every story using a computer.

Reagan and his fellow mathematicians used UVM’s Hedonometer to study about 3,000 books and determined these six arcs:

  1. Rags-to-riches (rise)
  2. Riches-to-rags (fall)
  3. Man-in-a-hole (fall-rise)
  4. Icarus (rise-fall)
  5. Cinderella (rise-fall-rise)
  6. Oedipus (fall-rise-fall)

Watch the video as Reagan explains the methodology and applies it to some familiar novels.

Read the study here.

Try out the Hedonometer yourself here.

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