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MG antagonists: always a person? can the antagonist be something else?

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I'm three chapters into my first MG story and am realizing that I don't have a person as the antagonist in the story.  The antagonist is something else:  rules/lies told by my MC's mom that prevent him from seeing his father in the hospital.

I don't want the mother to be the antagonist, but I guess in a sense that would be the case.  Although she's not "bad" -- she's just creating obstacles for my MC to get what he wants.

Thoughts on this?  Is this ok?  Do I need to rethink for any reason? 

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Kellie
#1 - July 15, 2010, 09:45 AM
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It doesn't have to be a person. In Hatchet, for instance, the antagonist was nature. It does sound like your mom is the antagonist, but antagonist doesn't mean villian. It's like you said: It's whatever keeps your protagonist from reaching the goal. Good luck. ;)
#2 - July 15, 2010, 11:27 AM

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Generally antagonists fall into one of three categories, man, nature, or self.

#3 - July 15, 2010, 11:29 AM
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Lill. . . I guess in some ways my story has all three:

Man (mom)
Nature (fire)
Self (bad obsessions)

thanks! 

I just feel bad that the mom is going to be the person throwing up the road blocks. 
#4 - July 15, 2010, 11:45 AM
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Yes, it can be a mixture of the three  ....

don't feel bad ... parents are normal road blocks to a lot of things  :)
#5 - July 15, 2010, 12:41 PM
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Read the header, thought HATCHET, and then saw that Traci Dee had beaten me to it!
#6 - July 15, 2010, 06:15 PM

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Generally antagonists fall into one of three categories, man, nature, or self.



Do aliens count as "man" or "nature?"
#7 - July 15, 2010, 11:32 PM

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Some major antagonists in HOLES are:
the government system that unjustly sent Stanley to juvenile detention camp,
societal racism that rejected interracial affairs,
a family curse,
and the harsh desert environment that made escape from camp seem impossible.
#8 - July 16, 2010, 07:01 AM
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The antaginists in my wip are; mom, dad, dark, storm and ghost. I may add another antaginist during revision.  :flower
#9 - July 16, 2010, 07:59 AM

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So many of you are saying that the protagonist can have more than one antagonist? How do they differ from a conflict (or whatever the word is)?

In my WIP, I've created two major antagonists for my MC, both other children. In addition, my MC has to contend with her mother's reluctance to let her study her passion and the MC's difficulty with math.

So are all those "antagonists"?

Just wondering...
#10 - July 17, 2010, 04:48 PM

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