What is conflict?

Dwight Swain described conflict as "two dogs fighting for the same bone".

I have a love hate relationship with conflict. I hate making my characters suffer but I love when the story is interesting enough that the reader will keep reading the book.

There are three kinds of conflict.

Man against man: Example all the Indiana Jones movies
Man against nature: Example the movie, The Perfect Storm
Man against self: Example the movie, Spiderman 3

Try to figure out other movies or books that have one of these three forms of conflict. Be sure and share your ideas here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Man against Man: Harry Potter many cases of, but mostly Harry Vs Voldemort

(I'm going to kill you, Harry Potter. I'm going to destroy you. After tonight, no one will ever again question my power.)

Man against Nature: Armeggeddon
Drillers Vs an astroid the size of texas.

-(We can all just sit here on Earth, wait for this big rock to crash into it, kill everything and everybody we know. United States government just asked us to save the world. Anybody wanna say no?)

Man against Self: Beauty and The Beast. The Beast Vs Himself

-(If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?

-Stacy ;D