Drama! Drama! Drama!
It’s what writers are here for. It’s what readers read for.
Of course, it can be hard to watch characters suffer….especially hard if we really like them. We want them happy, for pity’s sake. We want them to triumph. We don’t want to see their hearts get broken. We don’t want to see their houses burn or watch them get bitten by zombies or be falsely accused of killing the king. (Anyone a Game of Thrones fan? Oh, the agony!!!! At the end of some episodes, don’t you feel like you might need therapy?)
But let’s face it. If characters don’t suffer, it’s….boring.
So writers have to torture their characters. We have to steal away their dreams, throw boulders in their paths, and chase them into crocodile-infested swamps. Because that’s the stuff of which good stories are made.
We have to make our characters fight for every last scrap they get. If we do it right, the ultimate happy ending will be all the sweeter for being earned.
Which, by the way, is a lesson about life that we can all take to heart.