Those similar plot elements represent similar themes. Themes are reused all the time. However, the general outcomes of the stories are different. The cinderella stories can be different versions of the same legend because they all have the same general outcome (girl gets guy, iirc. sorry TS I didn't read them). In OoT, Ganondorf is sealed in the SR with the ToP and the ToC is split into 8 shards and the ToW into two. In LttP Ganon is killed and the entire Triforce falls into the hands of Link. The games may have similar plot elements and themes, but the outcome and the [what's the term in literature for the 'point of the story'?] are completely different.
Hes applying our world's fiction to a fictional world's fiction. The point he's trying to get across is that all the Zelda games are fiction [based on reality], even within the Zelda universe.
Octo Rocked said:They're completely different because the endings are different? Listen, why don't you go watch a Disney classic, one that everyone knows how it goes. The beloved classic tales. Done that? Okay, now go read the source material. Or, since that will probably take too long, read this article. I hardly think that, compared to those examples, "Ganon is defeated and sealed in the sacred realm" is hardly any different than "Ganon is defeated and dies." And you can say "yeah, but that Disney thing doesn't count because they were targeted at kids," because the same thing applies with the Legend Theory. If things are truly the same story, they would be adapted for audience.
.... Kinda boring don'tcha think?
Every game cannot be a retelling of the same events since each has a different story, a story that can not exist unless another, previous game, took place.
The mistake both you and Jo are making is the assumption that "retelling" and "chronological sequence" are mutually exclusive. The status of the stories as retellings of each other is a major component of Jo's post and it cannot be swept under a rug. She is correct. Zelda games do usually retell a basic plot. This changes nothing about their chronology. The modern view of the world as strictly chronological in its progression is infused with elements of a cyclical view so far as the Zelda series is concerned. As winter marks the end of one year and the beginning of the next, the end of one Zelda story is the beginning of another, similar one. In The Wind Waker, the old hero's quest is taken up by a new hero who hails from an island where the old hero has been revered for centuries...and so on.