|Just what is it about Boba Fett that makes people|
love him so much?
"I'm getting this one," my husband said, holding up the pea-green Boba Fett t-shirt and displaying it as if he'd found a rare hidden treasure even though there were thirty more t-shirts on the shelf.
"Why?" I for one had never cared for Boba Fett, let alone the whole Star Wars franchise.
"Because it's cool!"
I poked a finger at the shirt. "You do realize that he's nothing more than a dispensable character, who speaks no more than three lines during his whole time on screen, which amounts to about three minutes when you add all that screen time together?"
"Yeah, but he's cool!"
I stared at him like he was a deranged monkey. "He's not cool."
"Yeah, he is." He got that preachy tone to his voice, as if he was ready to embark on a long-winded spiel as to why Boba Fett was cool and how could I not possibly see that. I cracked my neck and settled in for his lecture.
"And what makes him so cool?" Yeah, I know, I shouldn't have baited him. I was just asking for it.
And so it began.
Boba Fett was a bounty hunter, had one of the coolest outfits in the whole of the six movies combined, and he had a mission.
"But it was stupid how they killed him off," my husband grumbled.
This always comes at the end of the Boba Fett lecture.I walked away from that conversation somewhat enlightened, even though I didn't figure it out until later. Boba Fett is one of those characters who has an insane following of loyal fans. Even when MTV asked George Lucas back in 1997 what made Boba Fett popular, all he said was, "I don't know why. I'm mystified by it."
|Does misery create audience|
But isn't that the way it goes with characters? We end up falling in love with the ones who die untimely deaths or rarely spend any time in the book or on the screen. I had to put my mind to the test and think about a character or two I may have fallen in love with, but in retrospect, only added a dash of something to the story. There are two recent ones that come to mind. (Bear with me, these two characters are nothing like Boba Fett or Queen Elizabeth.)
Ed from Tigers in Red Weather: Ed's narrative doesn't come until the very end of the book, but he is the most compelling character in this entire story. For the most part, the story is fairly lackluster and the plot suffers tremendously, but it's Ed's strange mind that pulls forth the most intriguing thread. If he'd been dealt with as a more important character, then I believe the story would've been stronger for it. And he's not the type of character who's likable. But he has so much potential. Like Boba Fett, you find yourself rooting for his evil and uncouth ways, but, alas, the writer fails to make good use of him. Perhaps that's why so many people flock to Boba Fett. They feel he had so much potential, but instead he died a stupid death before realizing what great things he could have done.
Jamie from The Kitchen House: Jamie is Belle's son and he's half white, half black in the slave system. He doesn't play a large part in the story, but again, it's that potential there that drew me to him. He would be the one to make it in a white world and just think of the choices he could make? Would they be positive ones or ones that would end up destroying him? Would he hide the truth about his bloodline? All I know, is that when I finished this novel, I wanted to follow Jamie into his future. But, from the feel of the novel, he's not important enough of a character to continue following.
And sometimes the explanation isn't how much potential a dispensable character can have. According to this MTV post, it could be something else, particularly when it comes to someone like Boba Fett:
❝It's more than just the armor . . . It's about the actions that he takes, why he takes them, and how that distinguishes him from more archetypal characters.❞And it really is just that simple. He kicks ass, doesn't take names, and just wants to get paid for the job at the end of the day. Boba Fett is cool in his own way.
Yeah, he did die a stupid death.
If you want to read fans' opinions on the matter, here are some links for you to look at:
Do you have a Boba Fett character in your life? Who is it and why, to this day, can you not forget what makes he/she so great in the storyline?