Monday, March 19, 2018

Leo Finelli's 10 Best Fictional Characters

In a little over a year, I have created a world of characters, from New York to Los Angeles, the cliffs of New England to the sports of San Antonio. So here, I am finally counting down the top 10 best characters I have created in 8 scripts. Not all of my scripts are represented, though. Here's the list.

#10: Ari Bellum
"Fearless Girl" (2017)
Ari is a supporting character, not in the sense that he's not a lead role, but in the sense that his main job in the story is to support and mentor other characters. He helps not one, but two girls (one made of bronze) achieve their dreams and goes from the butt of everyone's jokes and an ordinary New York kid to a boy everyone wants to be friends with and truly proud to be a (male) feminist.

#9: Owen Saunders
"One Shining Moment" (2018)
Although I have no idea what the real Owen Saunders is like, in my story he's a persistent little boy who loves to milk his musical talents. He also looks out for his friends, engaging in risky pursuits to help people understand what he does, and he can see beyond the surface of his autistic friend Diane, looking into her heart and seeing that she's no different than he is.

#8: Brooklyn Silverman
"The Sun Shines in Heaven" (2017)
This little California girl is all about this quote: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." That's what she teaches to her friends, and as a bonus, she also has a great singing voice that she uses to remedy hearts rocked by tragedy. I'll bet she is now one of the leaders in the Students' March movement.

#7: Hannah
"The Wish Writer" (2016)
She may not have a last name, but this is an all-around good kid that knows what to do when she encounters a magical pencil that can grant any wish: do good deeds for others. She's also filled with wonder and seems poised to never let her childhood die. She's also not afraid to give up her pencil, which she does to her little brother, who learns kindness from her. She is the sibling role model I strive to be.

#6: The Fearless Girl Statue ("Shea")
"Fearless Girl" (2017)
What would you want if for nearly two months you'd been standing on Wall Street facing a colossal bull that looked like it was going to trample you (but you didn't care) and hearing opening and closing bells at the Stock Exchange? Probably to get up and walk, which is the dream our little statue seizes and throttles. Shea is resilient in the pursuit of her dream, and can tolerate getting help from very unexpected sources.

#5: Arianna Aspire
"Girl On Fire" (2018)
Arianna: the ULTIMATE best friend. She senses her best friend's pain when her friend's parents die, she tags along to help another person achieve their dream, she is supportive all around......and as a bonus, she winds up being quite the star pilot! Any child - or adult - should want a best friend like Arianna.

#4: Sheryl Strongheart
"Girl On Fire" (2018)
Here we have a little girl, only eight years old, who takes matters into her own hands and goes, knowing her life is in danger, to fight for a cause she believes in. She knows right from wrong, and longs for freedom in her world, and when she gets it, she modestly avoids giving herself the same amount of power she toppled...all with the help of good friends.

#3: Max
"Someone to Bring Me Home" (2017)
"I'm standing here...watching your light, hoping that things are all right." Max is me in the sense that his desires to make contact with whatever is out there - and he knows there is someone out there - are unbelievably strong, as well as his belief that he belongs both with his family and "out there", which he finds a way to balance.

#2: Patrick Chalmers
"The Sun Shines in Heaven" (2017)
He may think he is tolerant and accepting, but he is initially neither to those who are not as tolerant and accepting as he is. Patrick grows from a man who crudely insults Republicans/Christians as "monkeys" to a man who, if he were president, would put them in his cabinet. He also relates to me in that he's lonely and misunderstood, and grows to learn that he needs someone younger to see the best in him.

#1: Renegade "Rennie" Rochester
"One Shining Moment" (2018)
Rennie has everything in her head that I have in my head. She is a dreamer who dreams of meeting fascinating people, making famous friends (although that's not exactly me, my siblings beg to differ). She is a strong feminist. She also has that desire to make contact that is ever-present in all my characters, and a supportive family. And most of all...she is an expert tactician that can create a master plan to help display her message (well, her take on someone else's message).

The end. And if you don't understand anything I just wrote, why don't you mosey on over to the Scripts page? It's a few degrees warmer there.

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