From the “Look at this cool thing!” files:

Kurt Vonnegut had a theory that all stories could be plotted on a graph into basic physical shapes. While his academic advisors weren’t blown away, he espoused this view for the rest of his very successful life as an author. Now a graphic designer named Maya Eilam has laid out these shapes, gorgeously.

Here’s a sample:

Vonnegut story shapes

 

 

And you can go see the rest on her page here. Thanks to io9 for the feature! They also include a video of Vonnegut himself talking about his theory.