The next topic of our Character’s Wants Versus Needs Genre Dive series covers the topics of forgiveness and fear. Thematically these two topics are exhibited across all genres for tension and conflict resolution. When these topics are the focal points of a story, however, a noticeable pattern emerges in several genres. Historical fiction, horror and literary fiction are the genres that come to mind when considering stories that exhibit forgiveness and fear as a character’s wa
A character's wants versus needs are pivotal in the developmental stage of any hero's journey. Both elements are vital to understanding who the protagonist is and what the journey they're on is about. Take, for example; a protagonist religiously believes in a code that isolates them from others because of the freedom it provides. They're lonely however and struggle with an unexpected companion who becomes a love affair. The rest of the story is a struggle between maintaining
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