Why Leia Is Awesome

June 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Movies, Opinion, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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The Star Wars Blog usually has some pretty good articles, but every now and then they have one that really gets your attention. Today Jennifer Heddle, senior editor for Lucas Books, did a write up called “Why Leia Is Awesome”. It’s an article so good that I’m labeling it a must read. Here’s a taste…

Her strength is apparent in A New Hope, when she is tortured by a Sith Lord to find out the location of the secret Rebel base — and tells him nothing. Vader even acknowledges the surprising depth of her resistance. Then, when she’s brought before Grand Moff Tarkin and threatened with the destruction of her entire planet if she doesn’t give up the location of the secret base once and for all, she stands there, with this merciless man before her and the man who tortured her gripping her shoulder behind her, and lies. She lies. It’s an incredible moment of steel will on her part. Did I mention that she’s only 19 at the time? Take a moment to think about what you accomplished at age 19. For me it was mostly drinking my weight in coffee at college.

Her empathy is on display after our heroes have escaped the Death Star, when Leia takes the time to console Luke — who she just met a few hours ago, remember — about the death of Obi-Wan. That’s right, she takes the time to console a guy she’s just met on the death of a man who that guy just met, when her entire planet has just been disintegrated (and she was recently tortured and about to be put to death. I’m just saying.). She may have a sassy mouth on her, but she also has a big heart.

Her loyalty is shown in The Empire Strikes Back, during the battle of Hoth, when even though Echo Base is falling down around them and Imperial forces are knocking at the door, Leia is still at the command center, coordinating combat efforts while she ducks falling chunks of ice. She’s on the front lines just like everybody else. And even when Han finally manages to drag her off (and I love that he knows that’s where she’ll be), she stops to tell the person working with her to get to the transport, too. She’ll never ask anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself.

Click here to read the full article. It’s worth it.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Newsarama Interview with Jeffrey Brown

June 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Books, Chronicle Books, Interview, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Newsarama posted an interview today with author Jeffrey Brown who talks a little about his upcoming Star Wars book Jedi Academy.

You’re still having huge success with Vader’s Little Princess, and Jedi Academy’s next. How will that be different from your previous Star Wars books?

Jeffrey Brown: It’s much more narrative, and based on all new characters, with the exception of Yoda. The book is also made up of a wide variety of page formats – comics, prose journal entries, letters, pages from the school newspaper, and class notes.

It’s a much different way of telling a story than anything I’ve done previously.

Click here to read the full interview.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Paul S. Kemp “Ask Me Anything” Recap

June 28, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Angry Robot, Books, Fantasy, Interview, scifi/fantasy, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 2 Comments

Author Paul S. Kemp did an “Ask Me Anything” chat on reddit which covered a wide array of topics and questions. You can check it out here or our edited recap below.

Paul S. Kemp: I shall now answer the questions in your head but that you’re afraid to ask.

  1. Twice. But I was drunk the second time.
  2. Milla Jovavich.
  3. Of course not. Jesus, man. Get some help.
  4. Seven inches.
  5. Sure, but only if you wore the right kind of boots.

Question to answer 1: have you ever tried to pet an ewok?

PSK: Nice. Continue Reading Paul S. Kemp “Ask Me Anything” Recap…

Around the Web

June 28, 2013 at 11:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Conventions, Interview, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | 1 Comment
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And here is this week’s Around the Web…

Art News

Fans of Star Wars artist Chris Trevas can now visit his new Facebook store which has plenty of items to choose from including original pieces.

Star Wars artist Jerry Vanderstelt has a piece featuring R2-D2 up for sale.

If you don’t feel like spending money, you can head over to WDW Tiki Room who is holding a contest for a free piece of Star Wars artwork by Brian Rood.

Book News

There’s been some talk about Joe Schreiber’s Maul: Lockdown on twitter this week. Continue Reading Around the Web…

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