You CAN, in fact, tell a good story that has…HAPPY RELATIONSHIPS.
Once upon a time, there were two fictional characters who were born under an unlucky star. For the fates known as The Executive Studio and their very own Creator had decreed that their lives would be intertwined in the most horrific of fates: To be locked into a romantic subplot.
After many a travail, first struggling to come to terms with it, then finally confessing it, then surviving the Extragalactic War and the resulting Time Disjunction, then crossing the boundaries of mind, body, and spirit, then splitting up over The Hoagie Incident, they found their way back to each other and lived happily ever after.
…WHAT?! HAPPILY EVER AFTER?!
NO! THIS CANNOT BE! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-
And if you’re a fictional character, well, love actually…sucks. If it’s not the love triangles, the deaths, or the fact that fictional characters are emotional wrecks, it’s the executive team deciding a breakup will boost viewership.
“One would think so, but as we know but the audience might not, dialogue, although it seems to be merely putting one word in front of another in an intelligible manner, is a major force in a story that gives personality and identity to characters with a lot of balancing factors for too much or too little-”