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Stranger Comes to Town

This week, I'd like to talk about one of my favorite classic plots: "a stranger comes to town."

How the story works.
In modern storytelling, this plotline is most evident in the Western genre. In a good western, like the Clint Eastwood golden oldie A Fistful of Dollars, the plot begins when a stranger, often anonymous or with an unknown past, arrives in a small town. (Read more »)

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