Yep. Hubby and Niece dragged me away from my writing cave last Saturday. (Groan. As if I’d done nothing but lounge around all day, just waiting for something to do.) And while I’d always wanted to see The King and I, the timing couldn’t have been worse – I’m in the home stretch of this draft and I need to get it done!
I digress. The point is, I did go. I even put on a dress. (Mainly because it was clean and didn’t need to be ironed.) And, yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed myself! But, true to my writer-self, I couldn’t help but analyze the storyline. (Sick, I know.)
You see, for me, the most important word in storytelling is CONFLICT. Without it, there isn’t much of a story. Who wants to read about the perfect hero and heroine living the perfect life? B O R I N G!!
The importance of conflict was brought home as I sat through nearly three hours of this musical. How could two people from two completely different worlds ever be able to see past their differences to the essence of who the other is? She’s a schoolteacher from England, a single mom, and totally believes in equality of the sexes. He’s an arrogant, self-centered, alpha-male with a bunch of wives and sixty-seven children (at the beginning of the story) who also knows that with one word he could make anything happen. Oh, yeah, and he’s King of Siam, too. Pfft. Talk about conflict!
Throughout the show it made me really think about the elements that make this story a classic. And, yeah, I thought about what’s needed to fill in the gaps in my current manuscript. (I love when that happens! I think. . ..)
So. Thanks to The King and I, I’m back in my writing cave, wondering if the conflict between my hero and heroine is strong enough. Hmmm. . ..