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.
Have you ever found yourself in a particular place or situation, going about your business, and suddenly pulled yourself up short, coming to the conclusion that you have experienced that exact place or situation before – knowing as sure as you’re standing there that you never have been in that place or situation? I have found myself in such situations – more often than I care to admit – and, at the very least, I find them unsettling. An eerie feeling comes over me, and while I do my best to shake off such unwelcome sensations, I can’t help but consider George Lucas was on to something when he worked Force dreams into the Jedi’s abilities. Dreams – they’re pretty powerful stuff!
Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs
This week features a special edition of Core Worlds Couture – full coverage of Star Wars and the Power of Costume Exhibition at Discovery Times Square, New York City. Read on to learn about the exhibit and experience my adventures!
Whether interested in the fashion/cosplay aspect or not, costumes tell a tale and set a stage like nothing else in a story. “Craftsmanship and artistry in costume design are valued creative components in the Star Wars saga,” said George Lucas. “The detailed precision of a design can be as bold a measure of storytelling as words on a page, leading to the truths at the core of a character, situation or shared history.”
“Luke, run away, far away. If he can feel your presence, then leave this place. I wish I could go with you.” – Princess Leia
“No, you don’t.” Luke said, “You’ve always been strong.”
This conversation, between the newly united (in a manner of speaking) brother and sister duo, speaks volumes to me, so much more now since the recent events of Claudia Gray’s newest novel Star Wars: Bloodline. As I wrote in my ‘Book Review’ for The Cantina Cast: Luke was definitely right about that! When have we ever known Leia to run away from danger? On the contrary, it seems as though she has always ran toward it.
August sees Marvel brings its best-selling — and critically lauded — Star Wars: Darth Vader to its natural conclusion, with not one but two issues released, including a revealing look inside Anakin Skywalker’s head as he wrestles with the life he lost, the life that could have been and the life Darth Vader now has (and yes, that is Padme Amidala on the cover.)
Sometimes it can be … a bit challenging … to come up with information about a lesser-known Star Wars character to share with you in my march through The ABCs of Star Wars. That leaves the door wide open for me to speculate, of course. You see me doing a lot of that this time around [denoted by descriptions in italics]. My musings let my imagination take flight – and I’m all for that! 🙂 [I think George Lucas is, too. Look what his imagination created! 🙂 ]
Call me silly [you wouldn’t be alone in doing so 😉 ], but I’ve always been … entranced … by Alfred Hitchcock’s decision to make a cameo appearance in his films. They always are unobtrusive roles — an every-day man riding the bus [that’s “Hitch” sitting next to Cary Grant on the bus in “To Catch A Thief”], a customer leaving a pet shop [in “The Birds”], a passenger lugging a double bass trying to board the train [in “Strangers On A Train”]. In some instances, the director had to be rather creative to “appear” in one of his films. In “Lifeboat”, Hitchcock’s image appears in a newspaper ad one of the survivors is reading. It is just as much fun to locate his recognizable visage in the crowd as it is to watch one of his masterful cinematic efforts.
Throughout most of the Star Wars saga, we see a lineage of Skywalker descent make choices based on compromise, morals, and their life experiences — in turn, forging a personal perspective or point of view. One’s choices or decisions in life don’t make them right or wrong, per se, rather a sense of righteousness or justification for their own actions. Again, at the time, it may seem like the right thing to do, but onlookers or outsiders may not see it as such. In fact, such perception of oneself would never be considered as a bad person, but perhaps, making a bad decision. In other words, no one ever thinks of themselves as evil.
Loss. Grief. They come in all shapes and sizes. All kinds. We might lose a pet, a job, a home, a friend, a loved one. Each loss brings with it a certain amount of sadness and grief – and if one chooses to be a part of the human race, there is absolutely no escape from either. A loss does not necessarily have to mean that someone is lost forever, of course. It’s a loss all the same, and the grief can cut just as deeply.
Femininity Behind The Moon
It’s no secret that the Star Wars saga is intricately laced with symbolism and mythology throughout its entirety. In fact, the amount of its ambiguity is so immense that the conversations continue to grow and flourish up until this very day, some thirty-eight years after it all began.
One of the ongoing topics for discussion is the lack of women that are represented or portrayed within the storyline, that, and the lack of a storyline within the Prequels. Perhaps, those that feel so strongly about both accusations are going about it all wrong …
“Your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them. Stretch out with your feelings.” – Ben