So, okay, I don't think I knew all that re: Leia's torture. I mean, I knew there was torture, but now I just want to hold her and tuck her in bed and bring her a warm glass of milk and stand outside her door protecting her all night. Yikes. Knowing that, it's also a wonder that she found it in her heart to not only forgive her father, but also name one of her children after him. I mean. What a badass.
Honestly, I just kinda wanna wrap Leia in five blankets and protect her from everything ever. Most especially from her own father. Like…okay, I just have so much respect for Leia, considering she ever came to find as much forgiveness for Vader/Anakin as she did. Because if that had happened to me? I doubt I would have ever been able to do it…
And I know that there are people out there (such as my own roommate) who get upset because it takes Leia so long to even begin to forgive Anakin. Angry that she never really has a great relationship with him. Because “But there was good in him, and he was Vader when he did those terrible things.” (And yet, while yes it was Vader, Vader was Anakin—and though I feel like Anakin/Vader, at least, tried to disassociate the two, they truly were inextricably bound together.) So yeah, being perfectly frank, I’m entirely with you on the whole “it’s a wonder that she ever even forgave him at all” front. (And honestly, that is one of the reasons why Leia Organa is such a hero and role model for me…)
Someday I also want to explore Anakin’s response to the whole issue as well. Because after he “returned” to being Anakin (and by that I mean he defeated the darkness, and returned to the Light), I get the feeling that what he did to Leia would probably have been some of his greatest regrets.
(Also, veering slightly down a rabbit trail of meta, can we just talk for half a sec about the scene in RotJ when Anakin dies? How his last words were “Tell your sister…you were right.”? I will firmly maintain, until the day I die, that what Anakin actually wanted to say there was, “Tell your sister I’m sorry.” But he knew he couldn’t say that. He knew she’d never accept that—that him saying that would only make her hate him more. And so he did the only thing he could think of—he wanted her to know that Luke was right, and that though he’d done those terrible things, there was good in him that had ultimately won out. And so he hoped that she would understand that that was him saying that he regretted everything that he’d done. That what he’d done was horrible, and cruel, and unforgivable—and that he wasn’t going to ask for forgiveness (though I think he probably sort of does, once, later. But only once, and it’s more of an “I’m sorry, Leia” than even a “Please forgive me, Leia”). But like…his last thoughts were of his children, and of his remorse of the things he’d done to them. To Leia. Ugh, just leave me in a puddle of tears on the floor, why don’t ya?)
I think this whole thing also really adds in a horrible, terrible layer into the friction between Luke and Leia, and their differing viewpoints of Anakin. Because on the one hand there’s Luke, who was hunted and maimed by their father, who their father tried to warp and turn to the Dark Side. And then there’s Leia, who their father captured, tortured, for all intents and purposes killed (more than once), and then of course, as we all know, held her down and made her watch as her planet was blown up, and then as her lover was potentially murdered. Like, of the two of them, Leia definitely saw the worst side of their father.
And honestly, it kind of annoys me how Luke is always so “Leia, you have to forgive him, because he was actually good. There was good in him, Leia, and you have to recognize that!” Because she never saw that. Everything that Vader personally did to her was nothing but the worst kinds of pain, and causing the worst kinds of damage. (I mean, I guess I can’t necessarily say that, as we don’t know anything about her childhood, or her time in the Senate. For all we know, they could have had perfectly civil conversations—but that veers into a whole other line of headcanoning/meta that I’d rather not travel down at the moment.) I honestly kinda feel like Luke, even after everything that happens in ESB, is kind of naive and blind to the evil that was Darth Vader. (Which was good, don’t get me wrong. If he hadn’t been, I’m not sure that he ever would have been able to redeem him.) But he just…he doesn’t understand what Vader’s done. Oh, he knows that Vader tortured Leia. That he made her watch as her planet was destroyed. He knows that Vader used Leia and Han as bait, torturing Han in the process, before freezing him in carbonite. He knows all of those things. But he just…he doesn’t really understand the full magnitude of it. (Which tbh is probably because I doubt Leia ever sat Luke down and was like “For the record, I know what burning to death feels like” (etc.).)
ANYWAY. This turned into a really long-winded word-vomit. All of that to say, though, Leia really is a badass, and is honestly one of the strongest characters I have ever seen ever. And is such a great role model. And is just…a wonderful character that I honestly wish I could protect for eternity.
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honestly the most frustrating thing about people who hate the SW prequels is that they seem so set in their desire to keep disliking these films
I’ve gotten into fights with friends because I’ll go to bat for the PT, I’ll point out instances of bad dialogue in the OT and I’ll tear apart the Red Letter Media reviews and I’ll argue that the story the films tell is great even if the way said story was told isn’t always fantastic, but no matter my arguments, no matter the perspective I bring, I get shut down.
“I know but - ”
“They didn’t do it X way and that way would have been so much cooler!”
“You’re cheapening Darth Vader by having him fall for love!”
“Kamino is boring because I can’t imagine myself doing things there!” (yes, this is an actual response I’ve gotten)
The impression I get is that a lot of PT haters just actively don’t want to evolve their view of Star Wars. They want to stay in the mindset they had when they were young and watching the OT for the first time. I wrote a five paragraph rant on Yoda’s character arc and how the Yoda we see in ESB/RotJ is only wise as a direct result of the actions of PT!Yoda but my arguments were still dismissed because PT!Yoda “just feels wrong”. It’s a classic case of They Changed It Now It Sucks, except on a massive scale. Of course the prequels have a different tone, of course the stories aren’t the same, of course characters twenty years in their past aren’t going to be identical to later incarnations. I’m unsure why this is so hard to accept.
(I’d try to actually address the general wrongness of the continued efforts in PR to cater to the Stereotypical Male Star Wars Fan when it comes to ignoring the prequels, but most male Star Wars fans legitimately terrify me and make me feel unsafe. I don’t know why the misogyny in the Star Wars fandom is worse than the misogyny anywhere else in nerddom - except maybe sometimes comic books - but I’d like it to stop.)
SEREN!! Since you mentioned writing headcanons can I pleeeease request some Leia/Breha interactions? That would make my millenium.
YES YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN REQUEST THAT. (Sorry for the length in response time, by the way. Finals and all of that fun stuff invaded my life. But if you’re following me you’ll have seen all about that stuff already. heh.)
For the record, some of these are inspired by discussions with 1000-alshain, though by this point everything’s blurred together so badly I can’t remember which are mine and which are hers. So, that being said, just know that lasos probably deserves at least half the credit here.
1.Breha spent at least half an hour with Leia every morning, brushing and braiding her hair. When Leia was really little, Breha would sing or tell her stories as she worked, but as Leia got older, some days they would just talk.
2. The first days of motherhood were especially hard for Breha. Because on the one hand she had a newborn baby who she suddenly was mother to, with no warning and no preparation. And on the other hand she had a husband who did what he could (and what he could was shocking, all things considered, both in its breadth and depth)…but the truth was that he was broken after the events surrounding the rise of the Empire. To make matters even worse, he was dragged back to Coruscant after less than a week.
Serious question -- do they even say Leia's last name in the movies at all? I think in the credits she's just "Princess Leia" and I mean, I'm sure that Bail's last name is said at some point, but in the OT, I really can't remember if she's anything other than Princess Leia. When I was little, I didn't know her last name.
….Actually I don’t know? Hold on, lemme check…
APPARENTLY NOT. NO. THEY DO NOT IN FACT STATE HER NAME IN DIALOGUE. EVER. ONCE. NOT EVEN IN REGARDS TO HER FATHER. (Her father isn’t even named in the Original Trilogy. The name “Organa” is in the stage directions and stuff, as well as a scene that looks like it got cut from the final product? But it doesn’t look like it’s ever in the actual dialogue…)
Wow okay that is actually surprisingly irritating? Like. Wow really? Is “Princess” her first name or something? No no, it’s just not important that our lead female have one of the DEFINING TRAITS THAT ALL CHARACTERS SHOULD HAVE—LAST NAME. She’s a princess, that’s all that matters.
I’M SOMEONE AND I’M ASKING YOU ABOUT THE CHEWIE THING
Ugh fine. But you’ve brought this upon yourselves.
So it started out with a discussion with absynthe–minded as I watched RotJ one of the…many other times earlier this semester. Apparently she was talking about something in Jabba’s palace/the nightmarish night Han spends down in Jabba’s dungeon, but the place I was at in the movie was when Chewie goes charging off (on Endor) because he smells the meat. Which then led to…well, this:
What if the reason Chewie went charging off like that, and didn’t tell anyone why, was because he smelled that fresh meat, and he thought it was Leia? Because at that point they don’t know what happened to her. Only that she’s gone, and the speeders are destroyed, and her helmet is inexplicably abandoned. Meaning she probably made it off the speeder before it crashed, but…well, that doesn’t mean she’s alive.
So Chewie smells blood. And fresh meat. And he…well, I don’t want to use the word freaks but…well, he freaks.
(It was far enough away that he might not have been able to distinguish the meat/blood specifically, plus they were in a thick forest with a lot of vegetation and other wildlife, as well as the fact that I’m sure the air still smelled of smoke and other dead things. Thus why he might not have been able to tell right away that it was animal, not human.)
(Also, it’s always kinda irked me that Chewie, in that one particular scene, comes across as so very…idk, bestial. As if hunting and the scent of blood just drives all other thought and sentience from his mind. Whether or not that was what was meant, that’s how I always interpreted it as a kid, and honestly I kind of resent that. I feel like this also helps to negate that issue though.)
BUT YEAH. Anyway. There you have it. The “Chewie and the meat” thing.
JK I have a drabble ask, too - Leia and Carlist have a conversation, post-Bespin.
So apparently I can’t really write Rieekan anymore (idk why, I just have this huge block when it comes to him right now?–I mean, there’s a block in general, but it’s worst when I’m trying to write him for some reason) so idk how this is going to turn out. But I can try!
(also, to those of you on mobile, I’m putting a Read More in because it’s too long to go without one, but that may mean that it cuts the story off. mobile’s been doing that quite a bit recently. anyway, that to say, the story is far more than 4 paragraphs, so if that’s all you’re seeing, you’ll have to read it online.)
When the knock comes at his door two hours past midnight, Carlist finds that he is hardly surprised. When the door opens to reveal the slight, pale-faced form of his princess, he finds he was, in fact, expecting it.
“Come in, Leia,” he says, placing his datareader on the mattress beside him, and rising from his bed.
She takes a step into his room, then hesitates again as the door slides shut behind her. “I’m sorry,” she begins, hands fidgeting where they are clasped in front of her. “I didn’t mean to bother you, or…” She trails off, not quite meeting his eyes, her knuckles white and her eyes dark and her face far, far too gaunt.
“You aren’t interrupting anything,” Carlist says, and crosses the cabin with slow, careful steps. (She has not yet spoken in detail about what transpired on Bespin–only that Vader was waiting, that Captain Solo was frozen in carbonite and given to a bounty hunter, that Lando Calrissian betrayed Vader to help her and Chewie escape, and that they found Luke, sans hand, just in time to save him. Carlist suspects that there is more that she has not said–much, much more–and judging by the way she holds herself, by the dark shadows lurking in her eyes and the tension in her shoulders, neck, jaw, he knows that it is pain that she is trying to hide from everyone, including herself.) “Come in,” he says again, halting a good half dozen steps away from her, not wishing to startle or frighten her, or accidentally trigger her to flight. “I can make you tea,” he offers, “or a cup of caf if you would prefer.”
So I was tagged by @koalamuffins to roast my current WIP I believe DX or a previous one DX Max I shall now refer to you as darkness so if I ever say to you hello darkness my old friend you have been warned XD I was laso tagged by @therealjimkaragkounis I take it you are Max’s general in his army of darkness xD
1) Really the first kiss is because of a dare, not cliche at all, nobody would ever do that, ugh what an idiot, dumbass even, actually let’s go dipshit dipshit
2) Really do straight characters not exist other than Leaf, sooooo realistic, that’s definitely real life dipshit
3) Ok this is supposed to be present tense so may I ask why the fuck you’re writing it in past tense half the time, do I even need to clap, dipshit
4) Ohhh look another grammatical error guess we should correct that, how many is that now, oh you lost count well done
5) HE WAS HIT WITH A FUCKING CHAIN AND IS BLEEDING TONS YET EVERYONE IS MAKING JOKES dumbass do I even need to say it
6) Hi chapter 2 yeah how’s your day going, I hope it’s shit because I’m definitely rewriting you as soon as possible, I’m not talking small changes, you will be completely rewritten because you are literally the worst chapter
7) Cliche much. Oh no not a specific scene, the whole fucking thing is cliche as fuck nice one, you’re really going places with this
8) How many times is Logan gonna blush, oh there he is again fucking blushing, at least once a writing session, twice even well done ugh
Okeee that’s enough, I could go on, make a mega list in fact however I shall stop here because I’m starting to hate myself just a little bit more, I won’t tag anyone because I am not evil but if you would like to do it feel free :D
Will you do a three sentence Bail-Breha where they go to Tatooine?
probably not quite what you had in mind but uh…yeah
The desert wind howls, whipping the sand into a raging demon’s dance, and the two brazen suns stare down balefully upon the parched and bleeding land with cruel, burning eyes–and the ghosts, as they scream into the wind, as they cavort within the storm, weep, for this was not as it should have been.
A man and a woman stumble blindly across the barren waste, heads and faces covered by sand-encrusted cloth–and in his arms, the man carries a small bundle, carefully shielded from the wrath of the desert (and silently, painfully, as the man cradles the sleeping girl close, he whispers soundlessly between cracked and bleeding lips, I am sorry, this was not as it should have been…)
And yet, whether it was as it should have been, or whether all was right, would never be known–for though another world (a paradise, of snow-capped mountains and clear, deep lakes) now festers and rots beneath iron shackles and the cruel reign of a steel-haired tyrant named Tarkin, on a far-distant world of desert and ghosts, a boy and a girl race through the sands hand in hand, laughing as they play.