I have a very large weakness for villains. Very large as in probably the size of Texas. Or Alaska. Or Russia. Probably Russia.
|Russia says hi.|
But in the great ones...there is no obvious (at least to me) villain.
I always feel so squirmy putting "man versus himself" as the conflict. It's such a broad phrase. What is it about himself that this person is fighting? Or is he even fighting? Is it more of a struggle, a hit and run, or is there no resistance at all? Is he a person who struggles with a vice or a sin that keeps reoccurring in his life? Or is it a fault of his that he's dealing with? There are too many villainous options when it comes to "man versus himself."
The antagonist of the great ones and the general is life in general.
All three of my main-ish characters (Sam and Colt don't count as main characters technically--Colt especially--but I've grown to love them too much to neglect them of this) have their own faults and struggles. They all grow and change over the course of the story--at least, I hope they do.
Matt doesn't want to live a life without his brother.
Pssh. Only a stupid person would try that.
I don't know what to call this type of conflict. It feels like a mix between "man versus the world" and "man versus God." Maybe I'll just stick to calling it "man versus life." It's simpler that way.
Happy Thursday, everybody!!