- A picture/meme relating to that fandom in some way.
2. Star Wars Original Trilogy
3. Favourite “good” character.
Luke Skywalker. I’m not going to do a “Here’s Why” for these every time, but I loved Luke from the beginning. My first encounter with the Star Wars Saga was Episode 6: Return of the Jedi, and I loved it. Later as I grew — I first watched ROTJ around 4-5 yrs old — my favourite became Empire Strikes Back, but I always loved Luke. Leia was amazing, but I never connected with her in my younger years the same way I did with Luke. I’m not sure why. Luke however was always a favourite. I loved him and his tenacity, his belief in good and goodness, the way he never gave up. How his looked at his father and still saw someone to be saved. Luke believed in finding the good in everyone and being kind and loving. He was such a character to aspire too.
4. Favourite “bad” character.
Darth Vader. He’s the biggest one that spans the original trilogy, with Tarkin dying in ANH, and the Emperor coming into play in ESB, but also his journey throws you for a loop. The biggest bad guy in the galaxy has a tragic backstory himself and is intrinsically woven into our heroes story. From the beginning, from the moment we meet Vader, he’s connected to Leia, as he’s hunting her, and then later Obi-Wan creates an emotional connection between Luke and Vader telling him that Vader kill his father. And so here we have our bad guy, he’s the worst, we have no sympathy for him because our heroes don’t, and then Empire Strike Backs flips that all on you. What ESB does is add layers to a onenote bad guy and give him a history that you want to know about. Our sympathy for him grows as the movies go on because Luke’s does. Vader story is so simple in the original trilogy but rich with the possibilities of knowing his past. The fact his greatest victory is actually loss is also great because his redemption was never for him, but for the idea of him to Luke but the overall idea hope is never gone.
5. Favorite book/movie/episode.
Empire Strikes Back! I love it so much. The way it expands the story and adds layers and dimensions to the character is great. The filming is one of the best of the original trilogy. It expands the mythos of the series with introducing Yoda and Luke’s exploration and training in the Force. It puts our characters in dangers and shows them both succeeding and failing in their endeavours. The lesson that you can lose a battle is okay as long as you remain true to yourself is prevalent in the movie, as is the importance to taking care of those you love even when the odds are against you. It’s the movie that creates the saga in a way and shapes it. Before with A New Hope it could have been standalone and a great one, but Empire is what drives the rest of the saga forward as well as backwards with the reveal of who Vader is. Genuinely not only my favourite Star Wars movie, but one of my favourite movies in general.
6. On a scale of ZZZ to Haven’t Slept In Weeks ‘Cause Tumblr & FanFiction & Everything, how obsessed are you with this fandom?
I LOVE IT! It’s a familiar enough and old enough fandom that the tumblr rise of it was more due to the new trilogy, but it only adds layers to this trilogy. I do fandom pretty chill anyway, so I’ll reblog incessentaly but I don’t read too much from it. It’s hard out there in the fic tags, ya know. I’ve also been obsessed with it for years so I think that speaks more to my commitment of it.
7. Favorite Quote. (Optional. Only for the extra-professional fan-person.)
“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. ” – Yoda.
It calls back to my favourite Sagan quote: “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” It speaks to connection to the greater universe that we don’t always necessarily see or accept. It’s a beautiful quote and sentiment and an amazing scene about belief. Also, lol, from Empire Strikes Back! Another reason it’s my favourite.