In Star Wars, a boy can grow up to be a knight or a wizard, but if you’re a girl, you have one good role model- one good, sexy role model- but you better be born a princess or good at space hooking, cuz those are your options [x]
To be fair, the second trilogy used those roles and opened them slightly to “henchman/bodyguard, but you will die in the first act” and “Jedi, but you will get no lines/also die.”
And then I guess there was that one Kaminoan lady.
The other interesting rumor is that “Abrams and Lucasfilm are now searching for a 20-something female actress who is either of mixed race or black.The rumor is that Obi-Wan Kenobi had a daughter or granddaughter.” That is definitely an exciting rumor on many levels ranging from wanting to see Obi-Wan’s kid to seeing more diversity in the Star Wars movies.Here’s hoping for a lack of tokenism and for a galaxy far, far away that’s full of fully-fleshed out characters of all types.
picture meme → top 6 favorite bamf ladies from the Star Wars EU
There are so many reasons why I’ve loved Star Wars since the time I could first understand a plot. Mandalorians and their culture is a huge one - so is the sheer amount of artistic inspiration that went into the entire EU, the various nuances of the games and books and oh, we could be here all night.
But another crucially important part is the sheer variety in fantastically crafted morally-ambiguous ladies that populate the EU cast.
That meant a hell of a lot to me as a child.
I appreciated Leia, don’t get me wrong; but I’ve always been seriously attracted to the uncompromising bastards like Fett and Tarkin and Dengar; and usually that type of character is soley in the area of the boys. At most, we’ll get a token ‘vamp stripper seductress’ in fandoms, which is kinda insulting to us ladies to put it mildly. It’s almost saying we have no choice to be either a goody-two-shoes type of girl, or be a cardboard caricature of a bad guy with no in between, you know? Some depth would be nice, even if it’s jerkass-depth.
Enter these fabulous gals.
I had the Aurra Sing doll when I was oh, seven. Mum was a bit freaked out about the antenna she has in her head, but I was absolutely enthralled with her story. Here was a bounty hunter who had a seriously in-depth backstory, was amazing with her rifle, and who racked up a ton of Jedi kills, all by herself oh yes. Managed to make her name in the galaxy (for good or bad), and despite horrible circumstances to boot.
It’s that independence that I value in all of them. Most of them have done admittedly nasty things, but then again, aren’t we all human? Good is a point of view, as they say.
So - here’s a round of thanks to all of the writers and creative minds who made these characters. Let’s hope that more art directors and creators get the hint that this is exactly the way to go to create genuinely kickass ladies with an eye for the credits.
It’s May the 1st, and you know what that means. Yes, that Free Comic Book Day is in three days. But that’s not what I – Okay, yes, that Iron Man 3 comes out at midnight tomorrow, but that’s not what I’m – YES. Yes, that Saturday is May the Fourth, as in May the Force be with you! It’s Star Wars Day! And it’s also the day that Jeffrey Brown‘s Vader’s Little Princess, a 100% Leia themed sequel to his first book of Star Wars cartoons Vader and Son becomes available in book stores. But if you have a shipping address in the U.S. and a Twitter account, you’ve got a chance to get a copy of your very own courtesy The Mary Sue and Chronicle Books, starting right now through all of May the Fourth, Star Wars Day itself.