This story shape won’t leave you Frozen
Frozen by Disney
I haven’t had a lot of time to see any recent movies and I have a bad memory with details of them sometimes. However, I did just see Frozen and really loved it. So let me tell you about Frozen using Vonnegut’s shape.
Still need a little more help? Let’s tell the story using a Story Spine to help get the main plot points across in a simple format. I will try to avoid a “Travolta” and miss up any names!
Once upon a time there were two sisters that were princesses named Elsa and Anna. Elsa was oldest possess the power to create and shape ice/snow. Anna was the youngest and had no powers.
Every day they would play and have the most amazing adventures together with her powers.
But, one day Elsa accidently injures her sister Anna with her powers while playing.
Because of that Elsa is never to show her powers in public again and must stay locked away in the castle. She never plays with Anna again and they grow apart. Until she is supposed become Queen and her powers are exposed fighting with Anna in public.
Because of that Elsa runs away but not before unleashing a deep freeze across all of the town of Arendelle. Elsa takes after her and meets Kristoff who ends up helping her reluctantly.
Until finally the story climaxes with an epic battle between Hans and Elsa but Anna is going to die unless an act of true love thaws her heart. That act was her sacrificing herself to save Elsa.
And, ever since then Hans is out of the picture, Kristoff and Anna end up together. Their sidekick snowman Olaf continues to live and everything is amazing and happy.
After thinking about this story I really thought it related a lot to rule # 16 because you really root for the characters and there are a lot of odds stacked against them!
#16: What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.