The UVic Writer's Guide

Stock Situations

Stock situations are recurring types of incidents or situations in narrative and drama which have become conventional (or archetypal).

Examples are the hidden eavesdropper, the recognition by token or birthmark, and the boy-meets-girl formula. (See also motif, stock characters.)

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