Vector Theory and the Plot Structures of Literature and Drama Kindle Edition
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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That aside, this book changed my way of thinking about character interaction. Strict mythic Campbellian how-to-write theories such as _The Writer's Journey_, as well as the more complex and flexible system Dramatica, stipulate that every book must have an antagonist and a protagonist. But some writers (especially women, it seems) have difficulty with this because they have more than one protagonist, or no antagonist, or several primary characters who are neither all positive nor all negative but all trying to accomplish their own goals which are indirectly opposed rather than directly opposed like a protagonist's and antagonist's goals. If your story, rather than being a black vs white war like the game of chess, is more like several factions stumbling over each other like the game of Chinese Checkers, then this is the book for you.
But, be warned, if you don't already know from physics class about vectors and elastic vs. inelastic collisions, this book won't explain it to you.