I’ve heard it said-- possibly in some high-school level English class-- that there are only a limited number of story types, and every book, movie, short story, piece of fiction, etc. will fit into one of these categories. The exact number I remember hearing was 7, I think, but a quick Google search has the number being repeated as 3, 5, 6, 7, and 14; if I searched around some more, I’m sure I could probably find a few more numbers. The number 3 (which represents: man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. himself) seems too general. I was thinking in terms of more specific terms, although I’m not sure what those would be.
I’m wondering if there is any truth to this idea that the entire range of fiction writing can be categorized in a small number of skeletal story types.