So I'm watching X-Men with my son, and he says, "Daddy, who's this movie about?"
And I say, "Well, the first character you see is usually the main character. For this movie, who's the first character?"
"So that's it. Magneto's the main character."
"But I thought it was about Wolverine."
"Was Wolverine the first character?"
"Was Wolverine the guy at the end of the movie?"
"That's right. The first scene was Magneto. The last scene was Magneto. Everything about the plot was Magneto. Magneto was the Main Character. See how that works?"
"Yeah, I guess. I still like Wolverine better. He's way cooler than Magneto."
And my daughter, we're watching The Day the Earth Stood Still, and they're standing in front of the alien spacecraft and Jennifer Connelly is walking toward the alien, holding out her hand toward this unknown being who just a few seconds earlier about leveled NYC, and my daughter says, "It's always a smart person who walks up to the alien to shake hands. Then some stupid person with a gun shoots them."
Then somebody shot the alien.
"See!" she said.
So remember these lessons my write buddies and baddies: The Main Character is always the first person -- not the most interesting -- smart people stick their hands into the blender, and stupid people shoot things they don't understand.
Everything you ever needed to know about writing, courtesy of my childrenses.