Maybe it’s because drama has a slightly different meaning these days, but I find it a difficult subject to discuss. Randomly ask a friend what they think of drama with no context and they’ll talk about the real life stuff. You know, the stress and headaches of being a living being that interacts with other living beings. There are days I wonder if the majority of people have no recollection that drama can also be a genre or at least part of a story. It’s a fairly broad category too since it could be considered more tool than stand alone genre. We tend to have it be second such as historical drama, cop drama, romantic drama, science fiction drama, comedic drama, etc. Makes it pretty hard to talk about since it’s so widespread.
Personally, I think drama is one of the best ways to evolve a character. These are your conflicts that range from personal to global because there are things at stake. People aren’t involved in drama when they are living a quiet life and that goes for the literary tool as well. So, you need it to push a story forward and get your characters to change. Most times this relates to relationships, which is that different from real life. The people we interact with cause us to change either through getting along or opposition forcing us to reevaluate our own views. This should be the same for our characters if we want them to be more relatable. I’ll go more into this on Wednesday with a 7 Tips post.
So, what do people think of drama in fiction? Is it possible to avoid it or is this the crux of conflict?