So I've been really struggling to understand the concept of "dilemma" vs "work" stories as defined by Dramatica. Specifically, how does story judgement factor into the evaluation of whether a story is one or the other?
To borrow the definition from the dramatica.com website:
APPARENT DILEMMA = CHANGE + FAILURE When a Main Character changes and the Overall Story Outcome is a failure, the audience believes that it only seemed like the Main Character should change, when in reality he shouldn't have.
Alright; sounds plausible at first pass. But this definition seems to fall apart when I apply it to failure/good stories. For example, To Kill a Mockingbird. This is a story with a change main character that ends in failure. So according to Dramatica terminology, TKAM would constitute an "apparent dilemma" story, where the Main Character should not have changed. But who would argue that Scout shouldn't have abandoned her prejudice against Boo Radley in the end of the novel?
Any help would be much appreciated!