allow me to name story elements that are almost ALWAYS used:
-hero unwillingly forced into a journey
-hero is changed by his journey
-hero seems to fail near the end of an arc, but overcomes impossible odds to succeed
-older mentor character that tends to die
-initial love interest that doesn't work out
the list goes on, faggots. the formula works, what matters is the execution and variations that are put into that kind of story.