Kinda confused over the Story Goal in thrillers in general. Often times the archtypical “bad guy” aka the antagonist is the one pursuing the Story Goal and the Protag “good guy” is the one trying to prevent the Goal. So, how does this work in Dramatica?
Let’s take Speed as an example.
Logline on IMDB is: A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.
The “good guy” Story Goal is to diffuse/prevent the bomb from exploding and save the hostage passengers
The “bad guy” Story Goal is to terrorise the city officials and hostages by having a bomb onboard a bus and extort $3 million.
They are on opposite sides of the same Goal Coin.
Since the bomb does eventually explode, the antagonist gets part of his goal but because he hasn’t yet received his ransom, he carries on.
The protagonist has partially failed because (strictly speaking) the bomb went off but because he managed to rescue most of the hostages off the bus he partially succeeded. Except for one hostage who is taken.
It carries on.
So, who exactly is the protagonist in Speed? The one pursuing or the one preventing the Story Goal?