Many books, films, TV series etc. may be based on real-life events (especially war themes) but even there, various subplots may be woven into the history-based narrative. And where real-life events are ostensibly absent, it may be shown that they underlie many familiar plotlines. Here are a few: 1. A man and his 'partner' contrive to commit a theft and try to frame somebody else for the crime but they are eventually caught and convicted. 2. A con-artist with an ulterior motive deceives a gullible young woman into parting with her virtue. 3. A married couple lose everything in a hasty venture that goes pear-shaped but eventually get back on track, more or less. 4. The body of a murder victim is concealed to hide the crime and the villain turns out to be a close family relative, who appeals against his conviction. 5. An older man has multiple affairs, kills a younger man in a fight and tries to justify his actions. 6. A man falls foul of the law and loses everything but eventually regains power and prosperity after a long struggle. 7. A man commits murder but escapes capital punishment and eventually becomes a gangland boss/regional warlord/rogue state national leader. 8. Law and order progressively break down until only a few law-abiding citizens are left, who have to fight for their own survival. 9. True patriots are seriously at risk when an alien invasion turns the rest of society against them - and X-Rated movie themes become state-sponsored kindergarten fare. 10. Superheroes turn out to be super villains and an horrific cataclysm overtakes the earth, involving drastic climate change, so that only a few patriots survive by using their ingenuity and state-of-the-art technology (some sinister aliens/monsters also survive, so you can proceed with Cataclysm #2). 11. (Jumping ahead a bit). A seasoned guerrilla leader successfully ambushes a much larger regular force and rescues a bunch of captives, including members of his own family. (The leader is also an honourable chap, who won't accept any reward from a crooked politician type.) 12. (To make it an even dozen for now). The famous chase scene. The good guys and their families are pursued by a ruthless tyrant and his mounted/mechanised/air mobile armed forces/posse/gang of desperados, who are intent on enslaving them and there's no way out but a huge 'natural' disaster/controlled demolition/arrival of the relief column overtakes the pursuers just in time and the good guys are saved. That's just a few (with overlap). The actual events occurred before 1500 BC (the first 10 before 2000 BC). Examples 1-11 are found in the Book of Genesis, Chapters 1-14. Example 12 is from Exodus, Chapters 14, 15. Stick with the old King James Version. That way, you won't miss any of the directors' cuts that feature in the down-market remakes. Apart from specialised text books, you'll actually read most books if you read that Book P.S. Right at the end of the Book, the good Guy rescues the girl from the villain (again, just in time, of course ) and they get it together and live happily ever after (kind of like forces dating, again, though hopefully without any villains in that context).