So I decided to just go for it, and see what people think.
This is about the Frodo/Gollum story, mostly referencing the movies rather than the books. No idea how different the storyform would be (if at all).
OS: Destroying the Ring
MC: Frodo - the ring bearer
RS: Guidance to (Mt.) Doom
Things I’m fairly certain about:
- MC Approach: Do-er - Boromir gets too touchy? Run away and take a boat.
- MC PSS: Linear - Best example is probably the moment when Gollum ‘reveals’ that Sam has eaten all the food. Frodo immediately believes and sends Sam away after he beats up Gollum. A holistic thinker probably would have noticed Gollum’s intentions there. Frodo doesn’t see things in relations. He takes Gollum with them, because he will lead them to Mt. Doom, ignoring his effect on himself and Sam.
- OS Driver: Action - Find the ring. Gandalf dies. Get caught. Destroy the ring.
- OS Limit: Optionlock - There’s no real time limit given and we don’t really know how long this took. (iirc, In the books this story took years). Who can carry the ring? How to destroy the ring? How to get to mount doom? Who destroys the ring?
- OS Outcome: Success - The ring is destroyed. Sauron is defeated.
- OS Domain: Physics - War, destroying the one ring…
- MC Domain: Situation - Frodo is the ring bearer. He is the everyman (everyhobbit?), someone without real power, making him especially suited to carry the ring.
- IC Domain: Fixed Attitude - Gollum’s fixation on the ring (and what it has done to him and his mind) has the most influence on Frodo. Frodo has pity for him, and fears that this is what he might become.
- RS Domain: Manipulations - Manipulating Gollum to lead them to Mount Doom, manipulating Frodo to think that Sam betrayed them, manipulating Frodo to go into Shelob’s lair.
- OS Concern: Obtaining - Destroying the ring/Sauron.
- MC Concern: Future - Frodo is concerned about his future and the future of the shire.
- IC Concern: Innermost Desires - the ring again. Gollum’s “precioussssss”
- RS Concern: Becoming - Gollum clearly shows Frodo what he may become
And beyond that I’m not so sure.
I think it’s a Change/Bad story. Change, because he clearly adopts Gollum’s point of view, becoming utterly corrupted by the ring. Bad, because Frodo fails, and the 300 endings show him still struggling with his issues. The Bad makes this story different from its derivatives.
Looking at the theme browser under IC Concern, there’s the Conscience/Temptation/Help/Hinder quad, which seems to suit Gollum as well as Logic/Feeling/Control/Uncontrolled fits Spock. But if I choose this quad for Gollum, I get not-so-great combinations for MC and OS: OS is either “Issue: Attitude; Problem: Support/Oppose; Symptom: Help/Hinder” (MC Issue: Delay; Problem: Support/Oppose; Symptom: Pursuit/Avoidance; Unique Ability: Choice; Critical Flaw: Hope) or “Issue: Morality; Problem: Faith/Disbelief; Symptom: Conscience/Temptation” (MC Issue: Openness; Problem: Faith/Disbelief; Symptom: Consider/Reconsider; Unique Ability: Preconception; Critical Flaw: Closure). Neither of these configurations feel right to me… Neither Faith/Disbelief nor Support/Oppose seem to describe the problems of the story…