Quote Originally Posted by Celestia View Post
The problem is active versus passive protagonists. An active protagonist does things. A passive protagonist has things done to them. Without exception, the former always makes for a more engaging, entertaining story. Snout is the epitome of the latter.
Even in cases of passive protagonists, there is usually some sort of an active element (usually a side character) doing the actual job.
"Inspector Gadget" and "Big Trouble in Little China" are the first two examples that pop in my head.

Here, the passive nature that should lead nowhere is "fixed" by random elements, and I can't currently consider the wild zone randomness as an active element if non of the characters (as well as our knowledge of that place) make it seem like something unnatural that should be investigated.
Nope, everything that happens can be shrugged off as natural while the real mystery is what's written on a random sheet of paper.