I had a pretty nice day today. Some of that was the glorious weather, and some of it was the fact that the All Might theme music from My Hero Academia kept playing in my head at inopportune times and cracking me up.
I decided to end the day by making dinner and a smoothie. (See guys, I’m remembering to eat today!)
…the smoothie started out okay. It was cherries, cherry-grape juice, ice, and a splash of orange juice.
And then I added an entire red pepper.
Why? Why did I do this? I don’t know, it was either an attempt to get more vegetables in my diet or else just really really poor impulse control.
The weirdest part is that it doesn’t taste bad at all.
Is it just me or did Fiore talking about their ""friendship"" as the straights are getting married in the next scene really add insult to injury lmao
ABSOLUTELY NOT JUST YOU literally the entire juxtaposition of “let’s get married!!! look how straightly in love we are and how much screen time we get to express affection towards each other!” with “were they queer? weren’t they? were they just friends or did fiore mean ‘slept together’ literally? who knows! :^) also we’re going to put in the dialogue text that fiore wants to die because he’s tired of earth instead of explicitly saying ‘he doesn’t want to live without deblanc’, but he’s gonna kill himself looking at a picture of deblanc WHO MIGHT’VE JUST BEEN HIS BIFFLE but maybe nottt ;^)” was
Tbh the only thing Timothy Zahn said that had me like ?? was when he was signing my book and I mentioned that I appreciated his thoughts in the panel. He said something about Leia being a character who’s already gone through her hero’s journey by the time ANH begins, and consequently she doesn’t have much of a journey throughout the movies (not disparaging her — I think in the context he was trying to affirm that she was a strong character). I tried not to gape, because boy do I think differently. I pointed out that she does learn how to let herself love and be loved and heal, but I avoided going much deeper.
The Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind book I’ve been reading has an excellent chapter on this by Mara Wood called “A Distressing Damsel: Leia’s Heroic Journey.” It points out that Leia’s character arc fits the heroine’s journey, as defined by psychologist Maureen Murdock in the early nineties:
“While the hero’s journey involves going outward into the vast world, Murdock describes the heroine’s as one of introspection and the exploration of one’s soul. The hero supposedly concentrates on doing, whereas the woman must learn how to be. Like Campbell, Murdock found heroic descriptions in mythology and literature from different cultures over centuries and throughout the world.
Even before Luke embarks on his hero’s journey, Leia starts on her own heroine’s journey. Her role in the Star Wars saga closely follows Murdock’s outline of the heroine’s journey and serves as an explicit example of the journey many women undertake, much as Luke’s journey follows Campbell’s description of the hero’s journey…. As Leia moves through each stage of the journey, she battles her own personal demons while simultaneously growing into the leader the New Republic needs.”
This chapter is a fascinating read — one of my favorites in the book — and I highly recommend it.
Anyway, I dislike the assumption that a strong female character has to have it all together; that she doesn’t need to go on her own journey, that she is at some pinnacle while everyone else is straining to achieve their own. A lot of people see Leia this way, but I think that’s ignoring so much of what happens to her in the movies, as well as her own words and actions.
Say it with me: a strong female character can and should struggle, and grow, and be complex. She doesn’t have to have it all together to be strong. And if you really look at Leia, look at her closely, she doesn’t, even though she tries to put on that front. She’s an emotional, traumatized mess underneath all the fire and ice on the outside, and that’s okay! Over the course of the movies we see her learning how to melt that ice and be vulnerable, how to hope, how to open up the doors of her heart again and love. She goes on her own journey, too, and it is just as valid.
when your best bud has a crush on some edgy guy and starts a rivalry with him to hide the fact that he’s big time pining, but it’s not hidden at all because everyone already knows about it and is angry that he won’t drop the act oh my god lance just drop the act already. everyone knows. we all know. i know. shay knows. coran knows. the mice know. maybe even prince motor vehicle knows.