It seems like crucial element deserves own book, at least taking under consideration number of articles and threads with ‘so simple’ explanations
Last two weeks I did try to be ‘as smart as Armando’s book’ and… well… I’m not.
I did try to make own ‘instatnt’ story. Plot progression was easy but character arc crushed at the very first step.
MC CE vs IC CE.
I wasn’t sure where my steadfast character starts and where she ends so I decided to get a PhD in CEs… and than again. I feel like Failure/Bad/Stop. Better get real job, Mr wannabe
To make it short here is the thing.
And there is a part I did try to start with:
In Change/Start stories (regardless of the outcome) the Main Character’s “hole in the heart” is the lack of the Influence Character’s Crucial Element, so the story is all about that character’s “internal quest” for that element (the outcome works like this: in a Success story, she will win a Solution, in a Failure story, she will win a Problem).
Plain and simple, isn’t it?
I found two nice stories to explore this case and both share similar storyform.
Casablanca and Blade Runner.
So, ‘hole in the heart’ story.
MC CE is OS Solution: Uncontrolled.
We are in Control/Avoid/Pursuit/Uncontrolled quad.
The problem is Nazis have a control more or less. Now it is less but heads toward more.
People focus on Avoiding control, and here is Rick acting as Switzerland. I’m neither Nazi nor Resistance. “I stick my neck out for nobody”.
As time goes by Rick starts to pursuit and finaly removes control of Strasser (climax) and have a plan to resist (aftermath).
He won the solution.
Again ‘hole in the heart’.
MC CE is OS Problem: Control
The quad is the same: Control/Avoid/Pursuit/Uncontrolled.
The probem is everyon is under some kind of control. Especially lifespan of replicants is defined and well known. Moreover Deckard has to rejoin the business.
This time it is not Switzerland, he has to work on a side. He controls - but not happy with.
They can be
a benefit or a hazard. If it’s a benefit, it’s not my problem.
He accepts the world this way. Accepts the control.
Now replicants decide to avoid the limitation. LAPD avoids the replicants activity. And both sides pursue own lifetime reducing lifetime of others.
Batty fails. He accepts mortality (lifetime control) and it makes him more human. This way I understand ‘win the problem’. Perfect.
But Deckard? He is MC and his choice is to be uncontrolled - go north with Rachel. Moreover Gaff let them go - again seems like uncontrolled.
So… where we are?
What does this ‘win the problem’ means?
Help me, please, to get back into my mind.