In literature anyway.
In a really rather nice infographic, designed by Delayed Gratification, of the 2011 Man Booker Prize winners shows that the one thing all 13 books had in common was death.
Whilst some of the themes brought to light, such as love and betrayal, are perhaps obvious book topics, there are other more abstract plot lines to take notice of. Perhaps Homicidal Cowboy Brothers, Biological Terrorism and East London would really bring your next novel to life? It’s worth thinking about…
Full image can be found here: http://www.visualnews.com/2012/04/18/the-recipe-for-writing-success-kill-your-characters/?view=infographic