Dag, I only knew about two or three of the thousands of plays and novels Polti uses as examples, his being mostly learned, classic, and way heavy on the French.(I'm just sayin.) Actually I am looking at a 1940 edition that does include Orson Wells' War of the Worlds (classed as the "Sixth Situation: Disaster," nach, subclass "A Fatherland Destroyed").I'd love to see somebody show which situations seem to be popular when — the distribution of situations over time and cultures.And is there one of the situations that hardly anyone has made work? One that elicits more than its share of drivel? Have we not a 37th? Did Polti cover all this in the Introduction and Conclusion and I just missed it because I didn't have the patience to wade through his prose?