As a Hindu (a religion star wars has been inspired by) one of the common themes I’ve noticed is how enlightenment works. One of the main ideas is that anyone in any situation can be salvaged in the end (ie. redemption. Like how Anakin rises to the light in ROTJ). Some people, are dedicated believers their entire lives (see: Chirrut in the Force, Cassian in the Rebellion). Some lose faith but regain it in the end (see: Baze in the Force, Jyn in the Rebellion). … More Enlightenment and Salvation in Rogue One
Kylo Ren has no soul. I don’t say this because I hate his character, or because I think he’s a monster, I say this because he’s so clearly tried to destroy one key part of his soul – his name. … More Star Wars, Kylo Ren and the Ancient Egyptian Soul
I think we can all agree that when a fandom starts up on Tumblr, we tend to turn characters we love and adore into caricatures of the original. I don’t mean this as an insult. You see this all the time, and it isn’t a bad thing. We tend to turn the fandom represented form of those characters into exaggerated romanticised versions, and forget what the originals are really like until we experience the piece of media again. You may think I’m talking about comics, fan art, and fan fiction, and partly I am, but I’m also talking about the fandom wide consensus of a character’s personality. … More How our romanticisation of Rey and Kylo has changed Reylo, Why I Love Kylo Ren, (It’s not what you’re thinking.) And Character Archetypes.
When most people think of fairytales they will immediately conjure up the image of one of a hundred famous Disney films. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, take your pick. Perhaps you are among the camp who views these ancient stories as cautionary tales from the long-distant past. Disney came along, plucked them from old storybooks and chapbooks and plastered family-friendly versions all over the big-screen.
I’ll tell you right now that neither of these interpretations is entirely correct. Yes, fairytales — and indeed, all children’s literature — originated in cautionary tales, but they have evolved over the centuries as much as any form of technology. Fairytales of old are no longer comparable to their 20th century counterparts. Today’s society is dominated by a love of entertainment in its many forms, and no genre is adored by more by both children and adults alike than the modern fairytale. … More The Hero, The Villain and the Modern Fairytale
There have been several posts written about Star Wars and The Force Awakens as a fairytale, but I have yet to see one about Rey’s origins within a fairytale context. Before we get to that however, you might be asking yourself, “why in the world would this chick even be comparing Star Wars to fairytales in the first place?” Well, I’ve got a simple answer for you. Star Wars is a fairytale in pretty much every sense of the word, just a modern one. Below are several quotes from various people involved with the Star Wars franchise illustrating the comparability of Star Wars and fairytales. … More Ascend or Return; Rey’s Parentage and Future in the Context of Fairytales
My pet theory on the First Order is that it’s made up of relatively independent, ehr, not really cells (too independent, though who knows), but branches, made up of the diverse remnants left after RotJ/Jakku. Historically speaking, it would make sense for the diverse Imperial remnants to have spent time apart, then rejoined. … More What are your guesses/opinions about what the FO’s society/commanding structure is like?
It’s no question that fairy tales and folktales are memetic. We keep retelling them over and over again because we project our identities and understanding of the world upon them, re-purposing them with each new generation. But lets also consider that these stories are wildly subversive when viewed in the context of women’s understanding of the world. … More Bride of the Monstrous: Meeting the Other in The Force Awakens
In order to understand how and why this is wrong, we need to get down to the distinct differences between the Hero and Heroine’s Journeys. Like the Hero’s Journey, the Heroine’s Journey is as old as time–or at least as old as human civilization. It is however a fickle and not very well understood thing … most likely because for the majority of that time, there wasn’t a whole lot of emphasis placed on it. … More the Descent: the Heroine’s journey as depicted in The Force Awakens
I think there’s always been a pretty serious disconnect in Star Wars between how the Jedi (and even Palpatine, actually) talk about the Dark Side and what we actually see of people who succumb to it.
… More What is the Dark Side really?
Throughout their respective trilogies, Anakin and Luke are both trained to become Jedi. The Jedi Order preaches an ideal of dispassionate compassion, an avoidance of attachment, and the prioritization of the will of the Force over personal concerns.
The two of them end up in very different places at the end of their training, despite both having Obi-Wan and Yoda as teachers. … More Anakin, Luke, and Bad Teachers