The Princess Bride Character Conflicts #TT

The Princess Bride Character Conflicts #ThrowbackThursday

Tying in with my June 17th post on what does your character want?, I’ve activated the wayback machine to take us to September 18, 2013 to revisit The Princess Bride Character Conflicts. 

This is the last of a three part series on Motivation, Goals and Conflict, as told from the view of the characters from the book and movie, “The Princess Bride.”  I hope you’ve enjoyed a different twist on the three major components of character development and plot.

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The Cliffs of Insanity FrankWinkler / Pixabay

Conflict is the “why not” of your story

It is the dragon (external), the physical force preventing your character from reaching his goal.  It is the demon (internal), emotions your character must face, the force within, his Achilles heel.  (Thanks to Julie Garwood for the dragon/demon comparison.)

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The Princess Bride Character Goals #TT

The Princess Bride Character Goals #ThrowbackThursday

Tying in with my June 17th, 2020 post on what does your character want?, I’ve once again entered the wayback machine to 9-16-13 to talk about The Princess Bride Character Goals.

On an earlier post, I talked about the importance of your characters having a strong motivation for what they do.  The fantastic book and movie, “The Princess Bride” provided a rich history of its characters’ motivation.

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The Cliffs of Insanity FrankWinkler / Pixabay

All characters need a goal, and “The Princess Bride” is no exception.  Let’s explore further:

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Character motivation in The Princess Bride

Character Motivation in The Princess Bride

Tagging on to my post What Does Your Character Want, I’m driving the wayback machine to 2016, where I posted three times about goals, motivation, and conflict in a story. This #ThrowbackThursday post is a repeat of the one on character motivation in The Princess Bride.

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The Cliffs of Insanity FrankWinkler / Pixabay

   Princess Bride has a bit of everything. Fencing.  Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love, etc.

  It also has Motivation, Goals and Conflict (especially conflict.)

In my mind, Motivation is the most important of the three. A man can have a goal of climbing Mt. Everest or landing a sailfish in the Caribbean, but until he has the motivation to get out of his Lazy Boy recliner and take climbing lessons or book a trip to the Bahamas, he’s still going to have those goals a year from now.

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