Conflict and the End of Fiction

One mannequin is posed to appear to strangle another mannequin.
Photo by Charl Folscher on Unsplash

“…[I]f you don’t have a strong element of conflict inherent in your novel, you don’t have a novel worth reading…” (Lakin, 54)

trong words! The typical view of conflict in fiction is that it’s the core of all storytelling, the thing that makes us care about a story to begin with.

This is a view shared by such people as Larry Brooks:

“…[T]he hero begins a…