Bipolar Thoughts

It is amazing how many stories out there, books, movies, plays, whatever, where the protagonist/antagonist has at least one major obstacle to overcome. The vast majority of these obstacles are seen as internal, like a disease, a disability, a character flaw, etc. Oscar winning movies almost always have an internally flawed character overcome an obstacle put up them. It’s pure gold.

Likewise, there are (I’m gonna go out on a limb here) zero movies about kids born into extraordinary wealth who easily sail into Yale and begin a multi-billion dollar company by the time they are 27 and cruise to an easy retirement at age 45. Hell, you could throw in early parent’s death, divorce, and no one will feel compassion for that character. Not unless he comes down with cancer while some crooked uncle steals all his money and he has to make the winning touchdown in the big game.

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