6. No Longer Fits Her World

November 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm 4 comments

At some point, as the Virgin learns who she wants to be in the world, it gets harder and harder to go back to the Dependent World and be compliant.  Previously her unconscious was in alignment with the way she behaved in the world but now she has a disconnect.  When this happens she is prone to make “mistakes” as she tries to comply with her Dependent World.

There are 4 common ways this happens;

1) she may become reckless as Delores does in Sister Act and John does in Wedding Crashers.  Even though they have been told what they need to do to be safe, they break the rules, take an extra risk;

2)she becomes confused as in New Waterford Girl where just when her plan to escape is starting to work she starts to notice all she would be giving up if she broke free from her position in her family;

3)the Virgin attracts attention even though she wasn’t trying to.  When she inspires others by her journey to be authentic they go out into the world and all indicators point back to her.  While You Were Sleeping and Ever After have this beat, or

4) she may declare the work too hard as in Miss Congeniality and Legally Blond.  She becomes disheartened by the enormity of what she is hoping to be and gives up and decides to live with her Dependent World.

In this beat, the Virgin still has her two worlds but she has become very aware of what is at stake and is having some self-doubt.

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  • 1. Lorne A  |  November 2, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Kim: Thanks for another insightful blog. It seems to me that this beat is all about cognitive dissonance, i.e., the virgin is struggling with being temporarily situated between her “old” and her “new” ways of thinking about herself and her place in the world. Is that a realistic interpretation?
    Also, while I’m doing this, I wanted to ask whether or not the sequence of the beats is critical (I think not) and whether or every beat in the VP is essential (less sure about this one!).
    Thanks as always.

    • 2. thevirginspromise  |  November 4, 2010 at 11:42 am

      Hi Lorne, good to her your comments as always. Great interpretation. You are right, the beats can be in any order and some writers re-arrange the order with a powerful effect. I would say all the beats except the last three need to be there at least by implication. Missing the last beats creates a tragedy. See Virgin Suicides

  • 3. Whitney Johnson  |  November 11, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I am VERY happy to discover you; appreciative of Matt Langdon at The Hero Construction Company for introducing me to you!

    • 4. thevirginspromise  |  November 30, 2010 at 11:12 am

      Send Matt Langdon a big thank you from me! I’m delighted you are enjoying my book. I’m doing a guest blog on writerunboxed.com on Fairytales you may find interesting – Dec 11 I believe. I’m really enjoying expanding this aspect.



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