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Your Premise Is About Your Story

Nov 17th, 2020

Remember that the Premise found in Subtext reduces a Dramatica storyform down to its fundamental message. It blends subjective and objective points-of-view into a general understanding of the story's narrative dynamic and structural appreciations.

That blending makes it easier to understand the argument of the Storyform. Still, it also leads to subjectivity and bias errors--the kind of inaccuracies found in all other paradigms of Story (Hero's Journey, Save the Cat, Eat A Walnut Method, etc.).

So yes, the MC's abandonment of a problematic Element may lead to the Objective Story Goal, but it doesn't have to. Stories where the Objective Story Goal's accomplishment leads to a Main Character with a Changed Resolve are just as valid (E.T. The Extra Terrestrial is an example of this).

It's the relationship between the two perspectives that matters. They don't share a cause and effect relationship.

Dramatica precisely separates the Narrator from the Main Character Throughline. A Narrator is a Storytelling Device, Main Character is a perspective. Western culture tends to make both none and the same (as with the combination of Main Character and Protagonist, but they don't have to be.

Always remember that the Premise in Subtext is an understanding of the mind of the story, not of the Main Character. It is reflective of what you, the Author, want to say with your story. It is not a message to the Main Character.