Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
I just read a review of a memoir that said:
"The story also has the usual redemptive arc that no autobiography seems to successfully elude--at the end the dragons in the fairy tale are all slayed and everyone is smiling."

The inference seems to be that this reader at least thinks the 'usual redemptive arc' is not necessary in memoirs and autobiographies, perhaps even a bad thing? Too trite?
I thought a memoir was supposed to have an arc much like a novel, along with a climax and resolution.

What do you think?
Gosh, without a story arc I would not read a memoir, let alone spend two years writing one. A memoir needs to have an interesting story to tell (otherwise the memoir is crap), and that means the memoir has a specific beginning, events that flow and move the story along, and a resolution / denouement--- just like most stories.