Violence means "uncontrolable force" or, simply, "something forced". Magic and weird and super advanced powers and inventions so oftenly go out of the character's control or creates envy or ambition. Violence is something natural and very common in the human world, is everywhere. Stories without violence are non-believable.
I'm thinking about it...a dn I'm thinking maybe I voted wrong lol. Yes, conflict is the central theme of any good story but the story could just be a daily life story in just a sci fi or fantasy oriented universe... kinda like magic realism. However, I do love my stories with a nice jucy conflict... ^.^
a story of any genre is nearly always about clashes of some sort be it mental or physical ie frodo vs the ring, eragon vs galbatorix, montegue and capulet it could go on forever, but my point is that those clashes make the story.
Like I said, there's always a conflict, but it might not involve any kind of violence, damage or danger of any kind. Often even elusive conflicts, like.... ideal or mental ones are times more interesting than battles.
Well...you could have a sci-fi story about 2 aliens in love, w/ the only conflict being the normal stuff in a normal relationship...but then I wouldn't really call it sci-fi so much as a romance/drama w/ sci-fi elements. The same goes w/ fantasy. I guess it could be done in other ways, but for me, what really makes a story sci-fi or fantasy are the more major conflicts, where the fictional elements of both genres get more of a chance to shine. A sub-atomic particle beam gun can indicate sci-fi, unless it's just sitting on a mantle somewhere while the characters chat about life, where it might as well just be a model.
Not all conflict needs to be violent, but it seems a direct correlation to the situations and environment. Violence is part of our lives now, and we all expect graphic visuals, be it in a story being told, game being played or film being watched, we all have expectations. If done right however, violence isn't needed.
No pain no game. Conflict keeps readers going and staying hooked on your story. If there was no conflict and all you did was have your characters prance about happily then that wouldn't be a very good story at all Also, violence is very intriguing to write and can get your readers to choose sides and sympathize with your chars. Like I said before, no pain no game
They may not need it, but it makes it better, at least to me. More interesting, I could say. I wrote a lot of things in my life in various genres, but conflict (and usually, war) was almost always a constant. It fascinates me too much, I can't help. That's why I like to read about it.