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I love everyone in this bar.

Woo, moral ambiguity of war! I like this tone. Absolutely not a kids movie, but I think it fits within Star Wars. This is the kind of story I love, honestly - behind the scenes, in between the scenes in the larger narrative. This feels like the kind of Star Wars I would write, tbh.

Bohdi is a goddamn delight and probaby my favorite. That or Chirrut. Hard to pick.

Chirrut and Baze are totally married.

I've been on the "the death star is an analogy for nuclear weapons" train since TFA, but it was nice to see the explicit imagey used.

Note on Bohdi - his value is not in his violence. His value is not in his bloodline. His value is in knowing something, and making sure that it's able to get to the right place. His skills and his contribution is in /knowing how things work/ and being able to transfer that knowledge. He is not a warrior, and he is not violent, and that /matters/.

Same for Galen. Galen matters because he was an engineer, because he was useful and valuable and knew that, and built a weapon with a weakness in it. He helped save the galaxy - not by building a better weapon, but by breaking one.

A note on both of those characters, by the way - they were only able to do what they did because they /played along/. Same with Chirrut. if they - any of them, Galen especially - had fought back, gone down in flames in some big Symbolic Gesture, confronted the Empire Directly - they would have been killed, and the empire wouldn't have noticed.

But instead they lied, and survived, and stayed alive because staying alive mattered. Bohdi didn't drive his ship into a star rather than support the empire. Galen didn't swallow a blaster barrel or space himself, or try to shoot Kennic.

And if they had, even more people would have died.

They fought with schematics and skills and /information/, and that allowed them to win and save lives.

(here is a lesson: we can't fight the government with guns. The government will always have bigger and better guns. We fight with /knowledge/.

Be willing to die for your cause, but be willing to live for it too, and only die when it /matters/.)

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rough draft of a fic for a prompt on tumblr

Nothing grows on Jakku. Nothing is produced here, there’s no industry, hardly any native species. Everything here is something that was thrown away.


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He is Finn, and now he has to decide what that means.

Finn, adjusting to life at the Resistance and choosing what he wants to do next.

This would not be the fic that it is without the advice, feedback, and insight of [personal profile] nenya85[personal profile] nenya85 

Beta work provided by the indispensable

[personal profile] veleda_k .


(warnings: mild ptsd, the aftermath of abuse, conflicted emotions about abusive situations, people trying to help without quite knowing how. Also, war is complex. There’s no abuse on screen, but the recovery from it is central.)
Small Victory )
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Okay, this is gonna be one of those posts where I rant about things on tumblr but don't post about it there because I don't feel like opening up that can of snakes. (For those of you who are on both: as always, if I have the opportunity, this is something I would address personally. I do not vaugeblog. This is about social trends, not individuals.)

This is about a very specific trend in SW: TFA discourse, one that annoys the hell out of me.

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Leia, the night after everyone returns from the Starkiller base. (Almost everyone.) 

Canonical character death, slight hand waving of force abilities, brief Obi-Wan. Han/Leia.



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I've spent a lot of time since watching TFA thinking about Kylo Ren. (I've spent most of my time going !!! and squeeing, and looking mournfully at all the merch I cannot afford, but, regardless.) And I know, the world hardly needs more villain fangirls, and there are so many fabulous characters in TFA that will probably not get enough attention. Surely, as an ethical and aware fandom participant, I should spend my time talking about Rey or Finn or Leia, instead of adding to the inevitable pile of discussion about Yet Another Grimdark White Boy.

And yet, and yet. My attention goes where it will, and there's a lot more going on than that. There's something /compelling/ about this boy to me, and I want to poke around in his brain. One of the main questions currently, considering his backstory, his behavior, and the patterns of Star Wars- will he get a redemption arc? And on the meta level - /should/ he?

should or shouldn't he? )
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I mean. Don’t get me wrong. I feel for Ren.

full of rage and confusion and furious pride, trying to be dark because he thinks that makes him powerful, that makes him /important/.  I have been friends with literally a /dozen/ teenage boys just like him. I think most girls/femme reading people in nerd circles have.

(Girls that take his path are rarer. I flirted with it, tried being powerful and dangereous, but it never worked out as well for me. It’s not a path open to us, our anger even more a joke than theirs. The boys will take each other seriously, but they won’t take /us/ seriously.

our anger is much more likely to be directed at ourselves rather than the world. )

You know the ones.  These are the Tyler Durden fanboys, the ones who idolize the Joker.  If you haven’t meet one, you’ve seen one from the distance.  They talk about how powerful they are and how much they’d slaughter you if you fought them. (I once refused to be intimidated, and played his game back at him only better. He wasn’t sure what to do with my refusal to believe that I’d lose.) A lot of them are teenagers, but a lot of them aren’t.

There are a lot of those guys in the star wars fandom, I think. The ones who dragged Bobba Fett out of the sarlaac and back into the continuum, because he was cool - the ones who idolized over how /awesome/ Darth Vader was, and never acknowledged that he was mostly powerless  in that form. The ones who complained that Anakin wasn’t badass enough in the prequels, that he was too whiny, when he was  - the same age as Kylo Ren, really.

And this raises a very important point. This movie is not for their world view, I think - it is not for what they think the dark side is. Kylo Ren is a /dork/ trying to be cool, and the universe treats him with absolutely none of the dignity those boys think the darkness should afford them. He is a /child/ and he is acting like a /child/ and /that is what draws him to the dark/.

(let’s get rid  of the idea that the light is the realm of children, that innocence means goodness. innocence just means you don’t know any better. let’s make growing up mean a walk into the light.)

(in fact, that’s likely precisely what kylo ren’s plotline is going to be.)

And everyone in the world acknowledges it. That poor general! He’s probably struggled for /years/ to get that position, and he’s put on equal ranking with a whiny child who keeps breaking things when he gets mad.

And that makes Kylo Ren /much more sympathetic/ than he would have  been otherwise. Maybe it’s a factor of my own age - now that I’m not a teenager myself, and out of the age of needing to be intimidating to be secure. So I’m parental to him, mourning the fact that he’s fallen into bad influence - that he’s fallen into the hands of someone saying “yes, your anger is legitimate, your rage is fair, everything is exactly as serious as you feel it is, there is no need to analyze.” and then using that rage to control him. he has no self-control. his master acts like he doesn’t need any. (let me control you instead.)

Poor dear. I don’t take him as seriously as he’d like, but I do want him to learn and grow and come home.

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okay. this one /will/ have spoilers under the cut. So. The Force Awakens spoilers below the cut.


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