Quotes: Rule of Drama

Gene Siskel was fond of a movie cliche he called "The Climbing Killer Syndrome." This described the mysterious compulsion that forces killers to flee upwards instead of sideways.

Jay: If I were that lady, I'd be like, 'Those two are fighting each other. Imma get outta here now. I got out of the temple, I'm off.'
Rich: Well, to be fair, she knows that that thing has to die, or the aliens might be trapped in Antarctica where they can't hurt the rest of humanity.

"And once again, Probability proves itself willing to sneak into a back alley and service Drama as would a copper piece harlot."

But there'd be no story without all this dissension
So Inflict this conflict with the utmost of intentions''
Relient K - Devastation and Reform

...It forced him to look at his life and choices, which was an unpleasant experience he does not wish to repeat. (Narrative causality says he will.)
— Production notes for the Homestuck fic Ancestor Summoning