It’s a written in stone law that kids value staying awake anything that keeps them that way is fair game.
Movie viewers went out in droves to see what all the fuss was about. Why? Because of the gutting wrenching emotion the characters face when their values are pitted against one another. As writer’s we can learn something from the Hunger Games. Pitting our characters values against each other evokes a strong emotional response.
How to Pit Your Characters Values Against Each Other:
*Identify two values that matter in equaling amounts to your character. The more important the values, the greater the intensity of emotional response.
*Build up small steps to these values in the plot until the ultimate value is tested. We want our readers scaling mountains, not flat lining on plateaus, so make sure the steps escalate each time.
*Show the emotional connection the value has to their past. My Book Therapy does a great job of showing the lie journey in characters and how to build that journey in your characters.
*Toward the end of the book, make the character choose between the two values. Build up to this so it shows how difficult it will become.
*Be careful not to annoy your readers. Realize that some readers will be deeply annoyed if you make the character go against their morals. Make sure that the end result is satisfying to your readers.
What are some values that you have seen pitted against each other in a book or movie that works well?