Is E. M. Forster “wrong”? (or, maybe, are our meanings different than his?)Posted: July 24, 2018
Let us define a plot. We have defined a story as a narrative of events arranged in their time-sequence. A plot is also a narrative of events, the emphasis falling on causality. “The king died and then the queen died” is a story. “The king died, and then the queen died of grief” is a plot.
So says Forster in Aspects of The Novel.
But this is the exact opposite way I feel most professional TV writers talk about this. Shorthanded, “plot” means the events and “story” is the emotional journeys of the characters.
I’m not sure I’d say Forster was wrong, but these words seem to have an inverted meaning in 2018 Hollywood. When you have plot and no story, the audience will be bored.