Beautiful Creatures: Lena Duchannes [ISFP 4w5]

Function Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te

Lena is intensely emotional but also extremely private with her feelings. She goes away to be alone after traumatic events (once she explodes the windows in the classroom, Lena retreats to the garden to sort through her emotions). She has no problem shutting Ethan out while she comes to terms with her future fate, deciding for him that it would be best they aren’t together (she won’t permit him to die, so she must give him up). Lena finds it difficult to separate her actions from her emotions; her love for Ethan ultimately decides her choice. She is blunt and refuses to do anything she doesn’t want to do – when her uncle asks her to play the piano for Ethan, she says it’s the wrong century for that; when he asks her to get tea for them, she says that’s also the wrong century. Lena finds it hard not to be open about her true self; she hates hiding the fact that she is a Caster. She is objective and opportunistic. Lena has been in a dozen different schools and adapted to many new environments. She is interested in aesthetics, with a unique clothing style. She decorates her room with invisible poetry and loves to just be with Ethan, hanging out on the back of his car, going to movies, kissing, and discussing their futures (even though she doesn’t feel she has one). Lena doesn’t mind being physical with Ethan and is good at adapting to her environment and using it defensively (saving Ethan from the spell in the garden, fighting off another Dark Caster). She is quick to act (her casting of a spell over Ethan’s home saves his life). Her fixation on the future is negative, and based on the single outcome Lena feels is inevitable: fear that she will go dark and lose herself. No other possibilities enter her mind; Lena cannot see a way around the single truth that female Casters are not free to choose their own destinies. She is so focused on a future event (her 16th birthday) that Lena sometimes has trouble living in the present – but when the time comes, she finds inner strength to develop a new vision for the future not only of herself, but Casters in general. Creative thinking is not her forte; Lena believes what the books tell her, that there is no way out of this mess, so she tries to surrender to it. She acts defensively in tough situations. Her harsh logical judgments, opinions, and statements turn up under stress. Lena is rude to Ethan on their first several meetings, and dismissive of him in order to protect her emotions. Later, she makes a logical, tactical decision to protect him from harm by causing him to forget their romance.

Enneagram: 4w5 sp/so

Lena feels different from other people, and is envious of how easily Ethan connects. She says he doesn’t understand what it’s like to grow up unwanted and different, shuffled around to various schools, to have your future taken away from you, etc. She refuses to do anything unless she feels like doing it, and at one point gets upset and starts crying when Ethan accuses her of being moody and acting like a bitch (she’s mad at him, so she makes a little rain cloud over his head so it will drench him). She wallows in her feelings of being different and feels frustrated but also incapable of doing anything about her future; she assumes she can’t be fixed, that the situation is going to turn out badly, etc. Rather than connect to Ethan at first, she pulls away from him, rebuffing his advances and demanding he leave her alone. She reads to avoid the outer world, and is blunt, sometimes harsh, and thinks little of other people – seeing them as mundane and not worth knowing, thus creating further self-isolation. She comes into her power once she realizes she has control over her own life, and that she can make her own decisions – taking charge of her life rather than avoiding it.

Beautiful Creatures: Ethan Wate [ENTP 7w6]

Function Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si

Ethan is a free spirit, who doesn’t look at things the same way as other people in the small town. He absorbs new ideas eagerly, reading and gathering them from books and attempting to quote them to imrpess people, but frequently bungling his recitation (inferior Si poor memory). The more abstract the concept, the more he likes it (after reading one such statement, about how most people are meandering through life and will never find their purpose, he concludes the author “is a god!”). Unlike Lena, Ethan realizes quickly she has the power to choose her own destiny. Even when the odds tell him differently, Ethan insists she has nothing to fear from the future and that she can change it to reflect whatever she wants – family tradition be damned! When Macon asks him about his future, Ethan shrugs and says the only thing he knows is he wants to attend college—any collage, anywhere. He is a cynic, not easily insulted, and somewhat frank in his mocking assessment of the small town, its numerous churches, its relentless bigots, and its flaws. When people don’t like him, he just shrugs it off. Ethan takes insults with a grin, able to push them aside and stick to what seems logical to him. He thinks he can figure out a way out of any situation, which is why Lena’s obsession with a single potential (negative) outcome strikes him as so strange. Ethan just can’t help “being charming.” He is warm, outgoing, funny, and eager to make friends. He can placate people, compliment them, and get along well with anyone, refraining from judgment but also without his own pervasive sense of identity. Ethan is good at encouraging Lena, and upset when she shuts him out. He questions his own reactions (“Should I be insulted by that?”). He has no problem with emotional honesty. For the most part, Ethan cannot wait to get out of the Podunk town of his youth. He has zero sentimentality for it. But he enjoys bringing up quotes from movies, making pop culture references, and often falls back on his mother’s advice.

Enneagram: 7w6 so/sx

Ethan says the worst thing in the world is to feel like you are not moving forward and your life has stagnated; he finds the small town where people get ‘stuck’ because they’re too stupid to leave to be suffocating and cannot wait to escape out into the real world. When facing pressures at home (a parent who never leaves his room, and Lena worrying about her future), Ethan just wants to cut and run – get in the car and drive away and never look back. He is playful, always trying to connect through humor and charm, direct, won’t take no for an answer, and assertive. Less fearful than just refusing to accept that there’s nothing to be done and no way to change her life for the better. He looks for the positive – even when she insults him, at least she’s talking to him! This is progress! Ethan feels a sense of obligation to his father, even if he doesn’t enjoy taking care of him (or never seeing him), which is why he has stayed home as long as he has. He’s somewhat cautious of Macon, sensing that he is dangerous, and leaves the house when he senses himself unwanted. He can be a bit quarrelsome with people, pushing against them to see if they will push back.