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.

Quilt: I have deduced that your old girlfriend escaped death because she was pregnant with your love-child and this Oracle Hunter is none other than your long-lost daughter!
Donovan Deegan: And how, praytell, did you deduce all that?
Quilt: Because it is very dramatic.

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