Fiction’s Fearless Females: Princess Leia

I have been honored to join a wonderful bunch of bloggers in our Fiction’s Fearless Females series of blog posts. Mine is posting on Sunday and it’s about…I’m sure you can guess. 🙂

But here’s Jeff’s – honoring the OG Princess Leia. ENJOY!

The Imperial Talker

There is a line in Star Wars: A New Hope which often gets lost in the greater scope of the film, a quote which points to the toughness of the movie’s lone female protagonist, Princess Leia. It comes when Darth Vader, the movie’s villain, speaks to Grand Moff Tarkin, the secondary villain in the film. Pacing back and forth as if annoyed, Vader admits that, “Her [Leia’s] resistance to the mind probe is considerable. It will be some time before we can extract any information from her.” Prior to this admission, we saw Vader enter Princess Leia’s prison cell with an interrogation droid floating behind him, a needle protruding from the droid and Leia’s face giving off subtle apprehension. Now, Vader states that it was for not, that the Princess has resisted this “mind probe” and that breaking her will take more time.

I have always loved this line; it…

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My Daughter & Star Wars

"How are you going to introduce Star Wars to your kid?" As soon as I announced my pregnancy, that was one of the most common questions people asked me. And it baffled me. Is this really a concern? Before I was even thinking about babies, I wrote a post about it, and in my naive … Continue reading My Daughter & Star Wars

What Scares Us: Kiri’s First Fright

I recently wrote a post for Just Dreadfull on my first fear. Not really Star Wars related, but hey, feel free to check it out. 🙂

Photo Credit – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

It seems only appropriate that my first fear is attributed not to a George Lucas film, but instead a film from his friend and early rival, Steven Spielberg.

Oh, I
know what you’re thinking – Jaws. After all, I
live in Massachusetts where Jaws was filmed and we have great white sharks
often roaming our nearby beaches in the summer.

No, my friends, you are wrong. Instead, my first fear that I can remember is E.T.



Photo Credit – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

My
parents took me to a friend’s house for – who knows – a bbq/potluck/party/whatever-it-was
and the family did the standard babysitting, i.e., put on a movie for the kids
to watch and keep them out of the way. I remember being younger than most of
the children there, but I can’t remember how old I was. I want to say that I
was probably…

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Raw Format Posts

I disappeared for a while. And I’m not sure I’m back. My life got really, really shitty for a few months and I couldn’t think of one more thing, even blogging about Star Wars was too much effort. I didn’t abandon Star Wars – in fact, during this time I think I listened to more … Continue reading Raw Format Posts

Nature vs. Nurture

Let’s discuss something that has never been discussed before in the history of humankind or Star Wars: Nature vs. Nurture. (yes, that was sarcasm) My husband said to me the other day, “I wish I could have known your grandfather. I feel like he is to blame for a lot of your controlling tendencies.” That … Continue reading Nature vs. Nurture