I'm not a huge fan of confrontation in general, but fight scenes certainly have their place in books and life.
During my recent trip to Iowa, I was lucky enough to witness a beautiful altercation--I'm not usually emotional, but I got a little misty-eyed watching this particular conflict. It had all the elements of a real zinger:
-It was boy versus girl.
-There was pent-up agression.
-There were some serious glares.
-There was a treasured possession being fought over.
-Subtle threats, whining, bared teeth (check, check, check).
-Open threats were made as the fight progressed.
-It climaxed in a magnificent shoving scene!
Where, you ask, did this brawl take place?
The local library, of course. A brother/sister pair were fighting over the only copy of Catching Fire (2nd book in The Hunger Games trilogy). They were fighting over a book.
The mother declared the boy to be victor of the day, and ordered him to finish it in a week and NOT spill the plot to his sister or there would be punishment.
Now that's my kind of family conflict.
In other news, Cheerios is holding their annual Spoonful of Stories contest for unpublished writers. It's a picture book contest and it's free to enter! Deadline is July 15, 2011. The prize is having your book inside Cheerios boxes (the winner will also be considered for publication by Simon & Schuster)!
Click the picture to see the official rules and registration information.