In Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary, it’s where Bridget finds the wrong Mr. Right–her boss Daniel Cleaver–and gets off on the wrong foot with the right Mr. Right (Mark Darcy).
You get the idea.
Benchley, Tolkien, and Fielding were downright cruel to their fictional creations. The thing the hero/heroine wanted, in each case, was out of reach throughout Act 2-A. His/her efforts were thwarted at every turn.
But the Hero’s frustration made for gripping reading. It kept us turning pages. It created a great Story.
Good authors are not very kind to their heroes. Theymake sure–for the sake of Story–that their heroes struggle mightily against great odds. And that brings us to something called . . . the Midpoint Shift.
Check out the next post on writing for more about the Midpoint Shift.