In which two fans — or possibly two sides of my own brain — debate which of the new crop of movies is better: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
While I am a bit surprised that today, in late 2017, gender biases still exist in some circles, as I pointed out in the middle post of this series: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Still, it is heartening to learn female fans of Star Wars care not one whit about what anyone thinks. We like what we like, and we make no excuses for it. While the majority of friends I contacted to help me examine what it has been like to be a Star Wars fan and a female mentioned their favorite characters happen to be female, their choices are not based on gender but rather on the tenets of what makes a character one to which an individual will gravitate – self-confidence and strength. Strength of heart. Strength of mind. Strength of spirit.
Star Wars if rife with characters – especially female characters – that fit that bill.
“STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY” TELEVISION SPECIALS DEBUT
OCTOBER 1st AND OCTOBER 29th ON DISNEY CHANNEL
Moments both big and small shape our heroes destinies in two half-hour “Star Wars Forces of Destiny” television specials on Disney Channel in October.
Featuring a total of eight never-before-seen installments, these specials showcase compilations of the popular animated shorts featuring Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and Padmé Amidala, as well as new episodes including Han Solo, Hera Syndulla, Finn, Maz Kanata and many others.
It started with the Death Star, with the jolt that went through me the first time I saw it over the horizon of the then still unfamiliar Scarif. I couldn’t quite push the image from my mind. Immediately, I knew that things would shift in the Star Wars galaxy with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; I didn’t yet know that for me, the shift would be drastic.
Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs
Welcome back to another edition of Core Worlds Couture! This week, its a two-for-one-deal: a review and a jewelry tutorial!
A few weeks ago, I was searching for some simple porg merch – namely a badge-pin to add to my ever-growing collection – and I ran across a re-tweeted post in Twitter from @My Squadron Goals. So, I clicked on over to the Etsy store (named Squadron Goals) to purchase the pin, and was greeted by an adorable arrangement of Star Wars goodies: enamel pins, phone charms, stickers, and bumper stickers. The shop owner, Courtney Morelock, was kind enough to agree to send me a few phone charms and pins, in addition to the porg badge-style pin I had purchased. As it turns out, Courtney is also one half of “Who Talks First,” a podcast she co-hosts with her friend, Solo.
On a recent trip out to LA to visit my daughter, Erin, I was passing the time on the four-hour flight doing puzzles in the paper and crossword puzzle book I brought along. The flight attendant came by to bring us passengers a snack and beverage. I looked up from what I was doing to take my tea and goodies, and as she passed, I espied a special treat showing on a fellow passenger’s tablet screen. [He was sitting across the aisle and one row up from me.]
***This is a review of Star Wars Forces of Destiny episode ” The Stranger.” There are spoilers.***
This episode of Star Wars Forces of Destiny, “The Stranger,” features one of the newest members of the Star Wars galaxy — Rogue One‘s Jyn Erso. Jyn comes to the aid of young girl being harassed by stormtroopers. (Click here to watch this episode now on Disney’s YouTube channel.)
“One fighter with a sharp stick and nothing to lose can win the day!” is an absolute statement from Saw Gerrera passed down to his cadre of followers, including Jyn Erso. In the wake of other releases in recent weeks, the audiobook Rebel Rising by Beth Revis was released this week, somewhat under the radar. To be honest, I did not even know this book was going to be released, but when I discovered it had been published, I went right to reading/listening. One thing is for sure, we know a lot more about the growing up years of Jyn due to the telling of this story.
The audiobook is shorter than your typical run time probably due to the fact that this is meant for a younger audience. The content, however, is far from safe and youthful. This book is pretty dark and covers the time between when Jyn Erso was picked up by Saw Gerrera and the moment she was rescued from the prison by the rebellion. The narrator, Rebecca Soler, was a great choice for this novel because of the fact that she is able to perform a great Jyn style voice. She has also narrated many books in this particular genre.
This review of Star Wars: Rebel Rising contains minor spoilers.
There’s a sense of wonder, and dread, as you make your way through the opening chapters of Beth Revis‘ finely crafted and exquisitely paced story of Jyn Erso that plays out through the pages of Star Wars: Rebel Rising.
The wonder is the amazing facet of seeing how Jyn Erso became the woman that we, as Star Wars fans, experienced on the silver screen amid the kinetic action and brisk storytelling of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The dread is knowing that her fate is sealed and that her life, with so much potential and promise, was cut short. Yet, more importantly, its knowing that Erso as a character is finite. This makes Revis’ prequel-style account of Erso so engaging and, in fact, so dramatic.
In 1972, John Lennon wrote a song called “Woman is the N****r of the World”. In my opinion, no song title has ever been truer. In more recent times there has been a change in the mentality; one that has taken far too long to have been readily accepted by society, specifically in Star Wars fandom. That it’s okay to be female and like Star Wars! I say “readily accepted” because unfortunately there are still too many who think that there is no issue when it comes to women and fandom. Coincidentally enough, these are the same folks who have not had to deal with being subjected to gatekeeping.