Inception and the Problems with Blank Slate Characters

I have many issues with Inception. Ariadne is a blank slate character where everything is introduced to her through the film. Inception's rules are pounded into your head, even when they don't make sense or line up. The totems are broken, the kicks are broken, limbo is broken, and Ariadne is the worst. But the movie is a great film, if only for the first viewing.

I have a love-hate relationship with Inception. While it is a tight film that manages to hold down a lot of ideas, unfortunately it spends so much of its run time explaining those ideas that subsequent viewings do little to nothing to draw you deeper into the story.

Today, I take a look at that and why I hate Ariadne so much.

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.