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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1412 - Rey and the Sad Devolution of the Female Character


A Sense of Doubt blog post #1412 - Rey and the Sad Devolution of the Female Character

Low power mode on my vacation.

If I have time to vet this video and comment before this one goes live then this note will no longer be here.

If not, then not. See above. VACATION.





Sarah Conor had a mental breakdown because a killer robot from the future tried to kill her and she responded by training and preparing. The bride from kill bill was a trained assassin and was betrayed, so she used her skills to get revenge. Trinity from the Matrix woke up in a world where robots and AI had taken over the world. Her skills were downloaded (like everyone else) and she used those skills and joined the army of humans rebelling against the matrix. All of these women are loved by fans and they all got beat up and struggled and suffered and felt like real humans. We saw all of them train and grow as they fought for what they believed in. Rey training? Nope. Stuggle? Nope. What does she beleive in? 🤔 what is she fighting for?🤔
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A good character, male or female stands on their own merits. If the main selling point of a character is something superficial like their race and gender, they are guaranteed to fail.




The utter Tragedy of Rey's character (for me at least) is just how much potential she had. Her introduction on Jakku was so perfect, and if great scenes like that were part of Rey's story she could have indeed been such a beloved character within the Fandom and the Star Wars universe. It just saddens me that because her character was so mishandled and badly written that she will probably forever be a prime example of how not to write female characters for aspiring Writers like me. It's such a darn shame to me. :(


If you look at movies where they have a "strong male lead character", they usually are based on the male hero archetype. I don't think most people understand what the female hero archetype looks like. Aliens was one of the few to get it right. She's the mother willing to take on anything to save her baby. She's a manifestation of the Mother archetype or the "Mother Bear." That's one of the main reasons her character works so well. The reason that all of the other previous Star Wars characters worked so well is because they're all archetypes and archetypes are very, very effective. Newer movies don't understand archetypes -- or they flat out despise them -- and the result is female protagonists that start perfect, end perfect, and there is nothing interesting about them. They become nothing more than quotas to fill.
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