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The Universe Hates Us

Man vs. Nature

Today’s topic comes from QSFer John Allenson:

“The Universe hates us. Romance within Man vs Nature stories.”

There are, according to many English teachers, four major sources of conflict within a story:

Man vs. Man
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Society
Man vs. Self

In a Man vs. Nature story, the hero must overcome a force of nature (storm , earthquake, climate, animal, etc) to meet his goal.

So for today, my questions are – As a writer, do you use Man vs. Nature in your own works? As a reader, what are some of the stories you’ve read that have done this well? Poorly? What kind of challenges or opportunities does it present for telling LGBT romantic stories?

Come join the conversation!


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