Yep. The man himself. Han Solo. Whether the name is uttered in guttural Huttese or shouted across a castle by a small alien with large eyes, the name evokes so much emotion in long-time Star Wars fans. He's a dashing smuggler with well-tuned (but not that well-tuned) survival skills. You get the feeling he's a Hufflepuff … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Han
No. Not Christmas. Star Wars: The Last Jedi So, as we close in on a month to go, I've made my final predictions. Okay - maybe not my final predictions, but my almost final predictions. And I've made a bingo card as a crazy method of scorekeeping. Are you ready? Here it is: Yes, it's … Continue reading 34 days…not that I’m counting
A constant criticism I hear of The Force Awakens is that it is a "rehash" or a remake A New Hope. This is a tricky one for me. I can see where they are coming from. There are definitely some familiar beats. Desert planet, evil empire, unawakened Force user, dashing pilot, and a major super-weapon (that … Continue reading TFA a rehash of ANH? Or is it?
Seriously, what's permissible in fiction writing? I want to take up the NaNoWriMo challenge this year. Sounds good, right? Pick up the old laptop and start banging out a plot from which to write when November rolls around. But.... I'm frozen. What if what I come with something that is "wrong?" Am I being sexist, … Continue reading What’s permissible?
I’ve read that Kylo (Ben) is plagued by feelings of abandonment by his family. According to Bloodline, Ben did not know that his grandfather was Darth Vader, and he likely found out the truth from someone else. So, let’s take a closer look at his family. Leia says to Han that Snoke has been fighting … Continue reading Trust, Bonds, and Matters of the Heart
I have a The Force Awakens poster in my office. (I'm an academic - loosely speaking - so my office can reflect my fandoms, not my politics, but definitely my fandoms.) I'm sure you're familiar with it, but here it is as a refresher: I noticed a few things as I was staring at it, but … Continue reading What can it all mean?
You've already seen it; you likely thought to yourself as it was happening the first time: This is not going to go well. Kylo Ren faced his father on a narrow bridge, miles from the bottom of a pit with no handrails. You can admit it - the dread was gnawing at your stomach and … Continue reading Ren and Redemption
I need to preface this post by saying that I'm simply kvetching about a personal pet peeve of mine. Please take it as such. So...on to the post! Y'all. What is going on? Why are authors writing their novels in the present tense? I've seen it in self-published novels, in fanfiction, and in works published by … Continue reading Tense and Person.
So, in various corners of the interwebs there reside reams of derisive references to fanfiction. What the hell is wrong with fanfiction? Can you imagine learning how to compose your own music without first studying those who composed before you? Learning to paint without studying the masters? What's so wrong with taking already developed characters … Continue reading In Defense of FanFiction
"The story that we really care about, the focus of the story which is Rey and Ren." J.J. Abrams. *Record scratch. Say what now? The focus of the story is Rey and Ren? That's what the director of The Force Awakens said in his director's commentary. It's worth noting that he said the first bit … Continue reading “The focus of the story….”