In general, I avoid conflict and confrontation. I don't like to stir things up. I'm a why-can't-we-all-just-get-along type of person.
In stories, this is a very bad quality to have. It literally sucks away all tension from the story. And without tension/conflict/suspense...what do you have? BORING.
I like my characters. I want them to be happy. But, unfortunately, I'm going to have throw some rocks at them, as much as it pains me to do so.
I love the show LOST. And last night's episode got me thinking about how cruel I am to my characters. Compared to the writers of LOST, I am a softie. Big time. I don't throw enough at my characters. LOST has such great tension/conflict/heartbreaking moments because of the major, mind blowing obstacles thrown in each character's path. I found myself yelling at the TV: I HOPE THEY MAKE IT OUT OF THERE ALREADY!
I think the success of this show has more to do with the characters rather than Smoke Monsters and the unexplained mystery stuff. It's all about the characters. That's the backbone of the series. It wouldn't work without them so deeply sketched.
So, dear present and future MCs of mine, I love you, I do, but this is going to hurt a little. Maybe a lot. I'm sorry!