I'm mulling over a story that doesn't follow the standard story template of:
- Hero (or anti-hero)
- Hero has problem (or is problem)
- Hero fights problem
- Hero succeeds (or problem succeeds and all the permutations and varieties of hero and problem.)
- Hero is transformed. (Or not. Or eaten.)
Are there any stories that successfully break this template? What I'm looking for is not variants on the Hero's Journey where the parts are different or ironic but where the template itself is not used or referenced. The only thing that comes to mind are the existential novels of Camus or Sarte but those are rather depressing.