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Yet Another Model Of Story

Jun 8th, 2016

Behold the "conflics[sic] and a theme" of the popular children's series, Warrior Cats:

Ben's Story Dice

Who needs four towers of Domain, Concern, Issue and Problem when you have this model of story? Like Chris and Melanie's original Writer's Blocks for Dramatica, this story "dice" my 10-year old son brought home from school dives deep into the thematics present within a story:

Brokenstar became leader and started training kits, putting elders out of camp, and trained with claws out.

Sounds like Brokenstar has a Main Character Throughline: Activity when you take into account his issues about training "kits" with his claws out. Definitely a Do-er--which creates significant personal issues for him.

And then we have his Influence Character Yellowfang:

Brokenstar exiled Yellowfang because they blamed her for killing two kits, so she had to live in Thunderclan.

Looks like their Relationship Story Throughline falls in Situation. Or it could be Fixed Attitude. Or it could be that this Warrior Cats story isn't a complete story at all, which would explain why this is a 12-sided die and not 16 as you would expect with a quad-based Dramatica model.

But then again--maybe not--as evidenced by my son's wrap-up of the story's theme:

I think it would be "think twice before you act" because Brokenstar makes bad choices and that later leads to death.

A simple take on theme worthy of Lajos Egris and those who like A leads to B interpretations. Looks like I'm going to have that father/son talk about Knowledge, Thought, Ability, and Desire before he gets too far down the wrong path.

Regardless, it's pretty clear which son of mine will be taking over the family business.