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Writing truism (leahbobet's fault that I'm thinking of this now): grownups fighting for grownup reasons in a restrained grownup fashion is ten times sadder and scarier than characters being unreasonable emo drama kids at each other, because real reasons to disagree don't magically go away.

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because real reasons to disagree don't magically go away.

And people don't change, and at some point this will matter. And it will all come to a head at the worst possible time.

All that.

Amazing how it can propel a plot along, innit?
It really is.

And how quiet you can be about it and still have it working.
Sadder and scarier and more interesting. Don't forget the more interesting.
Yeah. It's always more interesting.
Aww. Poor emo fish. Poor, poor emo fish.
It's amazing how little effort it takes to make something like that dramatic.
Man...you know, that is just one of the reasons I tend to avoid real-life drama in my escapism. Not only because the reasons aren't going to go away, but because these real reasons to disagree sometimes result in a rift between friends, or at worst former friends who now dislike each other.
It's true. And sad.

And of course, real life has its crazy-ass manufacturing drama junkies, too. *g*
You know, that second sentence gets extra interesting, depending on how you group the terms.

I was very ticked at the third Spiderman movie for hanging so much off a conflict that we the audience knew arose out of a Big Misunderstanding. I hate Big Misunderstandings, because they can be wiped away with a few lines of dialogue. I much prefer Big Genuine Reasons To Be Pissed At Each Other, which get dealt with and gotten over (or not) rather than magic eraser-ed out of existence.
Yeah. That. It's a cheap way to generate conflict, and so is people acting like unreasonable emo adolescents.

Okay, it happens all the time in real life, but I trim those people off my reading list. :-P
If you create enough sturm and drang and projection, you also create a smoke screen. And a nice adrenaline buzz of self-righteousness, which makes that character kind of a bulletproof adversary. You aren't going to change them--you have to get around them.

And you're right, that can be very effective.
Oddly, though, there's a fine balance -- reasonable emo adolescent behavior is fine. Not in the sense that you or I would behave that way, but it's utterly believable (and in a sense, justified) that the character would act that way. If it's well-established that the character has a particular blind spot or hot button and the plot just danced around on it for a while, then I'm remarkably okay with stupid behavior.

Though I still prefer characters with utterly solid and rational reasons to be pissed at each other. Especially if they subsequently have to grit up and work together anyway, because that's what the greater good requires.
Oh god yeah. I can be a total emo asshole sometimes. (Usually while beset with premenstrual incompetence.)

It's just not my primary motivation.
There's an entire one-eyed one-horned flying purple people eater of possibilities in that sentence.

/me ponders heroin addicts who put on steampunk Greek tragedies
(Hi, Merry!)
Characters are not always morally perfect people. It's a true fact.
And they don't always get educated or punished for their failings, either, any more than real people do. Nor should they, imnsho, if it wouldn't make sense.
grownups fighting for grownup reasons in a restrained grownup fashion is ten times sadder and scarier than characters being unreasonable emo drama kids at each other, because real reasons to disagree don't magically go away.

A 100x yes. 99% of paranormal romance and fat fantasy characters make me what to shake them and scream 'grow up!'. And as for what passes as 'mediaeval' mind-set in many novels.... (There is very little time to spend worrying over the ethics of abortion or your neighbours attitude to his children when you don't reliably have enough to eat.)
And yet, people somehow managed to be assholes to one another over their personal lives even then.

We are such stupid monkeys.... *g*
One only has to look at Henry II (of England) and his children... But grown up messes, by and large, not emo ones.
Well that's useful. I was just there in the most recent unpublishable. Of course these are teenagers, but they have grown up problems.. And i don't think pseudo-medieval people got to be teenagers.

Unless they were noble, then they got to stay emojerks forever. If you consider getting killed in your thirties "forever"