I'm writing a dystopian Failure story (with a Good judgment). I've actually started to see the Story Goal as something that all the characters THINK they want and are therefore striving for but really it isn't good for them at all. So it's a blessing in disguise that the story goal is not achieved (although they won't see it that way).
The Consequence is a pretty harmful consequence, but better than the Story Goal as far as their wellbeings are concerned. It's also very good for the Protagonist/MC.
So, my question:
Does the Consequence always have to be a negative event/circumstance etc., in a Failure story?