It’s all because of That One Character Who Didn’t Get Enough Backstory.
And now here we are with a beloved character and an ignorance of what drives them.
For me, That One Character is Emmett Cullen from the Twilight Saga. It’s very easy to forget that Emmett is a complete and total bro.
Emmett greets Bella like a friend. His competitive and protective sides make him the most vocal when James, Victoria, and Laurent threaten Bella’s life. He doesn’t hesitate to defend any one member of his family, whether they be vampire, human, or dhampir. One of my favorite scenes in the movies is when he joins Bella to present Nessie to Aro.
Emmett Cullen does not suck as a person. And we know practically nothing about his former life.
Apparently the fact that Emmett got mauled by a bear and almost lived speaks for itself. Except, it doesn’t.
I’m not asking for new novels, new movies, new TV series. That would be a bit much. But still, looking back on what is and what could have been, I have to ask myself—what don’t we know about that character? What about their beginning made this the most compelling ending?
I wish I knew.