So of course I watch every movie, read every book looking at elements of story, what works, what doesn't, how what I've learned about writing is reflected in successful or unsuccessful movies and books. And the word, conflict, has been drilled into me. So imagine my surprise when I'm watching, "Back to the Secret Garden" and I see mild conflict immediately resolved again and again. There are no evil kids or adults, no abusive person/evil stepmother/mean caregiver running the home the kids are living in. When kids mess up they are treated fairly and even handedly. When kids are unfriendly or jealous, it's temporary, quickly resolved in an 'everybody wins' solution. WTF? And yet I find it an interesting, captivating, pleasant to watch movie. It's refreshing there is no sadistic care giver, no evil kids, nothing mean, the kids all care about each other. Goes to show you, rules for writing are never fixed in stone.