It has been a long time since I have given my blog any love. Today with the passing of a Star Wars Icon, I feel moved to share a few thoughts.
I’d like to say my main characters are bad ass women that get the job done, but I’m not sure they fit that. They definitely hate being helpless. One I don’t talk much about is Kaja. She is young, and has a mental disability. Her life is a puzzle and as fast as she pieces it together pieces get lost again.
My family went to see Rogue One Friday. I had been trying to figure out how I broke the romance in Kaja’s story. With out spoiling too much of the movie, I realized I had taken every bit of hope from her and left her with only survival. She had nothing to live for and tossing a man at her was insulting. Romance doesn’t fix everything.
For two days I thought about how I could give her hope. Last night I figured out how and sat down to begin this rewrite.
I have been having trouble getting back to work this morning. Princess Leia was one of the first female characters I ever wanted to be. She was played by someone who was not super model gorgeous. Carrie Fisher was pretty awesome.
If you watch Rogue One, the very last minute of the movie is what inspired me.
Thank you, Carrie Fisher. May the Force be with you.
❤ I love this and those last few moments inspired me as well. We had some pretty strong women in the urban “blaxploitation” films but Princess Leia was the first time I can ever remember ALL girls being able to see a female, manless heroine on screen. She and Han never had to get together at all and it wouldn’t have changed the story progression a single bit until the Force Awakens.
And they didn’t have to be together to love each other.