Story, tale and drama are intertwined. Narration can be divided, for example, into three dimensions:
- story, or a narrated tale
- an inner, experienced tale
- drama, or a lived tale
A story reveals what the film is about. The same story can be written into various plots. Thus the plot and tale are not the same thing.
Robert McKee writes that a good story is about eternal, universal forms, not formulas. A good film story follows the tradition of narration of thousands of years, but it is not a copy of any other story made by a recipe. A good story has to be told well: Content and form are united.