So one of the things I noticed when rewatching A Beautiful Mind was that Act 1 felt like a win. John has his original thought, writes his paper, and gets recognition for it. Then Acts 2 and 3 largely feel like losses as he falls deeper and deeper into his delusions. Then act 4 is kind of a win again, but a much weaker feeling one. It’s like he doesn’t win by coming up with brilliant math (even though that is in the storytelling) but by ignoring Charles, Marcee, and, uh, Ed Harris. Ignoring the things that make him feel alive is the win.
Anyway, I’m sure this up/down, win/loss feeling has been covered before in other theories, though I can’t remember what they’d call it. But I keep wondering where this approaching/distancing the solution or goal, or the improving/declining of the conflict-or whatever it is-would go in Dramatica. I’m really kind of feeling around in the dark here, but I’m wondering if this idea of getting closer to or further from the solution act by act might be part of, say, a dynamic view of structure within Dramatica. Or , because each act is giving a different direction, maybe it could be a structural view of dynamics?
Anyway, just a thought likely spurred on by Jim’s recent articles looking at Dramatica dynamics.