EDDIE’S FIRST DAY AT HIS NEW HIGH SCHOOL AND THIS GOOFY ASS BOY NAMED RICHIE IS INTRODUCING HIMSELF TO THE CUTE NEW BOY BUT EDDIE IS SO MESMERIZED HE FORGETS HOW TO LISTEN AND ENDS UP MISSING ALL OF THE ‘YOUR MOM’ JOKES
hi yes its me, i would like to just say that cHOSEN FUCKING JACOBS IS SO AMAZING AND FANTASTIC AND SUCH A TALENTED BBY I CAN NOT DESCRIBE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS DUDE… I WANT EVERYBODY TO JUST LISTEN TO HIS FRIKKIN SONG AND APPRECIATE HIM BCUZ THATS WHAT HE DESERVES
It’s sad that a post like this has to be created, alas here we are. Many people are quick to discredit Finn’s importance, erasing him completely out of the picture (antis, Lucasfilm, racists, ect), yet if you look at the film from a writer’s perspective, Finn is the true lead/hero of the film.
I’ve been reading up on creating three dimensional characters lately for my own novel, and I’ve come to realize that Finn fits the entire criteria. Not only that, his arc in The Force Awakens is a perfect example of the Hero’s Journey.
So strap in folks, cos this is gonna be a long ride…
First and foremost, let’s start with what makes a three dimensional character.
Your first dimension is personality traits, mannerisms, appearance. Your second dimension is backstory/inner demons, why they are the way they are. Your third is the choices the character makes. That dimension is what makes them a three dimensional character.
Finn manages to nail each of these. We obviously know his personality: he’s charming, suspicious, kind, incredibly witty, resourceful, loyal (to his friends), down-to-earth, ect. ect.
We also know his backstory. It’s spelled out clearly in TFA: as a child he was taken away from his family and brainwashed to fight for the First Order.
Now Finn’s choices. He chooses to leave the First Order because he realizes how evil they are. He chooses to rescue Poe because he needs a pilot. He chooses to try to save Rey, even though he’s exhausted and dehydrated (although he didn’t get a chance to cos she handled it herself). He makes the choice to leave, but he makes the choice to come back and fight. He makes the choice to fight the First Order, makes the choice to go back to Starkiller, and makes the choice to fight Kylo Ren.
Talk about a three dimensional character!
Continuing with the theme of choices, Finn’s characterization goes along with rule one basic storytelling: act, don’t react.
You want your protagonist to /act/. They actively decide to become involved in the plot. They actively decide to do a, b, c, and d.
Reacting is just having the character go along with the plot. They go to a, b, c, and d without making an active decision. They’re just blindly following the plot. Basically reacting would be like if the No Man’s Land scene in Wonder Woman was just Diana following one of the other characters into battle.
Finn never reacts. He acts. He constantly makes his own decisions, except for when Poe makes the decision to go back to Jakku (although they both lose the chance to choose when they’re shot down).
Now onto the Hero’s Journey. Everyone knows what the Hero’s Journey is. Every basic fantasy story tells it. But I’ll give you the cliff notes version if you haven’t heard of it previously.
Ordinary world, call to adventure, refusal of the call, meeting the mentor, crossing the threshold, tests & allies & enemies, approach to inmost cave, ordeal, reward (seizing the sword/treasure), the road back, resurrection, return home with the prize.
(As per movieoutline.com)
I once used Finn’s story arc to help myself better understand the Hero’s Journey. It fits perfectly (although I can’t quite place the acts toward the end of the journey. I keep coming up with different scenes).
So Finn is not only a three dimensional character, he also acts within the story, and fall perfectly into the Hero’s Journey. Not to mention, he has some of the best development of any other character in the movie.
Compare this list to any of the other “heroes” of TFA, without falling back on information gathered from comics or books. Falls a little flat, doesn’t it?
We the audience aren’t allowed to know Rey’s backstory, other than being dropped off on a planet. Rey also never makes the active decision to help the Resistance, she just tumbles along with the plot. The only time they give her the option to choose her destiny, it’s offscreen (an argument could be also made for the lightsaber scene).
The same goes for Poe, unfortunately. He’s missing for half the film and we’re not given his backstory/personal history.
Now before you grab your pitchforks, I’m not hating on Rey, and I’m certainly not hating on Poe (who is my bae). I’m simply pointing out the fact that the writers just… didn’t really do much with their characterization. And if they did, it was all off screen.
With Finn, it’s on screen. It’s always on screen. He’s the most important person in the movie, the one with the best development and characterization.
So please, tell me again how Finn is not the lead of this film?
no offence but i can’t figure out for the life of me why people would ship a heterosexual white couple (as if there aren’t enough of them already) when one of them is absolute trash, tortured/abused the other and literally killed the only father figure she’d ever had, over a pure, healthy m/m interacial ship with two moc, both of whom are wonderful characters and actually deserve each other. like. that doesn’t make sense to me but okay