July 14 - Part The Second

Today's slap up the head from Bob McKee's book Story:
    But for those protagonists we tend to admire the most, the Inciting Incident arouses not only a conscious desire, but an unconscious one as well. These complex characters suffer intense inner battles because these two desires are in direct conflict with each other. No matter what the character consciously thinks he wants, the audience senses or realizes that deep inside he unconciously wants the very opposite.
Hellooooo, Patricia! A control freak who wants to lose control without really losing it. Whee!

I will be noodling on this point, further, of course.

Gods, I love this book.