While I'm a firm believer in the school of conflict and drama is needed in most stories, where do we draw the line and what is the line? Conflict and drama can come from many things, from situations, ideas, and people, but how much emotional drama and conflict do we need in a story and how much is too much? I often find myself feeling that I don't have characters who are flawed enough in the emotional department, that they are too in control and too aware of their emotions to have substantially charged reactions. While the characters are not unable to express emotion, as they do still express them, they aren't fueled by childish immaturity, or lack of emotional self-awareness. They are righteous reactions to valid situations. My wondering is is that enough to keep the average reader involved? Or is that too removed from the way the majority of people are who are the average reader? Do we really need to have the emotionally immature, self-absorbed, self-conscious types of characters to keep the reader's interest? Take Twilight for example...Granted that is YA and it tends to be geared more for the emotionally immature, but plenty of adult books are like that as well, even the non-vampire based ones. By not writing severely flaws characters, am I cutting back my reading audience to just a handful of people? Or is there enough of a market out there to support books with generally emotionally mature characters without all the emotional drama?