luke novel

Guys, remember how in the Kenobi novel, the INSTANT Obi-Wan gets to Tatooine he brings day-old Luke into a bar and immediately gets into a bar fight? And even people on Tatooine are like “what kind of a maniac brings a baby to a bar fight?”

If they ever revisit this part of the timeline I want this made fully canon. The idea that Obi-Wan Kenobi has come pretty much straight from the end of Revenge of the Sith – “you were the Chosen One!” and everything – to a bar in the middle of the desert, with Anakin’s newborn son, and then instantly gets into a bar fight is amazing. 

This would mean that as far as we know, the only two times Obi-Wan and Luke have been in a bar together, Obi-Wan kicked someone’s ass and was part of a ruckus. THIS IS HILARIOUS AND I WANT IT TO BE REAL. 

Cas is twenty-six and has never been kissed. It’s never been a problem, but now his advisor is saying that his dissertation, a romance novel, is lacking a personal touch and won’t be liked by the board. With one day until it is due Cas is at wits end, but maybe his roommate, Dean, can give him a few pointers. 2.9k [AO3 Link]

“You love me?” Jo asked with wide, open eyes.

Anna nodded back timidly and tried to walk away, but Jo caught her arm before she could make her escape.

“How long? How long, Anna?” she demanded. “How long have you loved me?”

Anna may have been an angel, bright and powerful and able to smite Jo in an instant, but in that moment, the angel looked completely and utterly human. Her eyes were downcast and her lip was perched between her teeth. She looked terrified, which was beyond Jo. How could an angel of the Lord be terrified of a simple human like her?

“Ever since I pulled you from Hell,” she whispered. “When I touched your soul, it was the purest thing I’ve ever felt in my life. From that first caress of your being, I knew that I’d Fall for you, Jo. I just knew.”

“Anna…” Jo trailed off, because what the hell. How could an angel love her, a hunter? It didn’t make any sense, because angels hated hunters. The only reason Jo was topside was because she was a pawn in their games, and even though she thought Anna wasn’t like the others, she still had doubts at times. She thought that Anna was just putting up with her, that Jo’s love for the angel was unrequited.

“I should go,” Anna said as she turned on her heel. Her large, obsidian wings flew out, ready for flight.

Jo felt herself panic as Anna crouched down. She couldn’t let her angel leave, not after a confession like that one.

“No you don’t,” Jo said, reaching forward and turning Anna around. With a fire within her, Jo leaned in and

“Their lips…no. They touch one another with their mouths…no. They…uh…mack on one another for a long time…the end.” Cas pushed his laptop away and ran fingers through his hair, groaning. “This is impossible,” he muttered to himself, and brought his elbows up onto the table.

He’d rewritten the ending scene with Anna and Jo’s kiss a thousand times, but it never worked out. Professor Mills cited a lack of personal touch, and told him to base the kiss on his own experiences. “Add a little raunchiness, will ya?” she said to him with an upturned grin. He nodded and laughed along at the time, but now he was truly panicking. He was never going to finish his dissertation before tomorrow’s board presentation, and it would all be because he’s the only twenty-six year old on the planet who has never been kissed.

It wasn’t like he hadn’t tried before. Back in college, Cas was almost kissed a few times, the closest being when he was playing a drunken game of spin the bottle with his floormates. It landed on a girl named Meg, a feisty business major who was known for her escapades in the bedroom, but when she leaned in and tried to kiss him, he couldn’t do it. When Cas imagined his first kiss, it always was with someone he really cared about, not some girl from Edlund Hall that he barely knew.

“Yeah, wait until you find the perfect person to kiss. That’ll do you a lot of good,” Cas angrily muttered to himself as he pulled his computer back towards him. The cursor blinked back at him mockingly, and Cas carefully began typing.

“With a fire within her, Jo leaned in and grabbed Anna’s face-”

“No, no, no!” Cas cried out as he pounded on the keys. Even if he had no experience, why couldn’t he write this damn scene? Kissing was not rocket science, and he’s read enough romance novels in his life. Why can’t he just write a few lines and get it over with?

“Cas?”

He cringed when Dean’s voice hit his ears. The last thing he needed was his roommate seeing him all up in arms over this, especially since he was the one Cas had been trying to get the courage to kiss for years now. He quickly thought that if he wasn’t such a coward, then maybe he’d be able to not fail out of his dissertation.

“In my bedroom!” Cas called out, and began fruitlessly typing nonsense as Dean’s footsteps ricocheted off the hardwood floors, stopping when he reached Cas’s door.

“You okay?” Dean asked, and Cas turned around to see his friend leaning against the doorframe, lips turned up into a smirk as he toed the ground with his boot.

Perhaps it’s heightened by Cas’s troubles, but Dean looked even more handsome than usual. His jeans were rolled up at the bottom, revealing his ankles, and his white t-shirt was dirtied from his work shift at the garage. Combined with his playful gaze and his hands in his pockets, Cas felt himself blanching.

“Earth to Cas? You there, buddy?” Dean said as nodded in his direction.

Cas blinked owlishly a few times before going back to his laptop. “Yes, I’m sorry. I’m just trying to finish my dissertation.”

Dean walked over to his computer and peered over Cas’s shoulder. He could feel Dean’s breath on his neck, and it took everything in him to not turn his head and close the distance between them. It would be the perfect moment to get experience-

“Wow, this sucks,” Dean snorted, and alas, the moment was broken.

Cas glared up at Dean and pushed away from his desk. “You think it’s crappy? I’m presenting this to the board tomorrow,” Cas reminded him with emphasis. “And you decide to tell me now that it’s crappy?”

Dean held up his hands and backed away into the bed. He plopped down and replied, “Crappy isn’t the right word. It’s just…lacking. Jo grabbed Anna’s face and kissed her until they broke apart tells me nothing,” he said, quoting the last thing Cas wrote down. “I want to read about what the kiss felt like for Jo, you know?”

Cas took a deep breath and took a seat next to Dean. He folded his hands in his lap and glanced out the window, then asked the question that had been on his mind all day. “What does it feel like to be kissed, Dean?”

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So I reached the first Bail interlude in the "Ahsoka" novel...

…and I can’t stop weeping. Over little Leia, happily babbling at her aquarium. Over Bail hoping she turns out more like Padmé than Anakin and cradling her at night when he has nightmares. Over that it’s not Padmé or Anakin getting to hold her or watch her play with the fishies. Over the brief indirect mention of baby Luke. I just… CAN’T.

Star Wars novels I’ve read (updated)
  • The Phantom Menace junior novelization
  • Attack of the Clones
  • Revenge of the Sith both adult and junior novelization
  • A New Hope novelization
  • The Empire Strikes Back novelization
  • Return of the Jedi novelization
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Jedi Trial
  • Secrets of the Jedi
  • Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • The Last One Standing
  • Tatooine Ghost
  • Truce at Bakura
  • The Clone Wars novelization
  • Wild Space
  • Lords of the Sith
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • Rise and Fall of Darth Vader
  • Kenobi
  • Darth Plagues
  • In His Image
  • Shadows of the Empire
  • Rogue Planet
  • Ahsoka
  • Tarkin
  • The Secret History of Star Wars
  • The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

This is the quote at the beginning of the official novelization of The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster. I immediately thought of Kylo’s redemption theory, and honestly it couldn’t be more blatantly obvious. However, let’s go line by line and analyze it anyway, shall we?

“First comes the day.” This could be referring to Kylo’s upbringing and training by Luke. Pretty self-explanatory.

“Then comes the night.” Refers to Kylo’s turn to the dark side.

“After the darkness/Shines through the light.” The first line means that the darkness has ENDED, and is followed by light. Could refer to Rey’s discovery of the force, but could also refer to her future aid in turning Kylo back to the light.

“The difference, they say,” This could be alluding to a reason why this trilogy will end in a TRUE balance of the force.

“Is only made right/By the resolving of gray/Through refined Jedi sight” Could the mention of gray be related to the gray Jedi theory? I think so. I think that Kylo’s darkness and eventual redemption combined with Rey’s natural heroism and light will end in the two becoming gray Jedis and ushering in a new era of balance. The term “refined” makes me believe Luke will be supporting this, and he will guide them, since he has been linked to gray Jedi morals.

I can’t believe I haven’t seen any other analysis of this quote, but my god it got me excited.

Hikaru and the Guys (Relationship Counseling) Pt. 1
  • Hikaru: "You're stupid!"
  • MC: "You're dumb!"
  • Hikaru: "You're stupid and you're dumb!"
  • MC: "Tell me something I don't know!" *angrily stomps out of the penthouse*
  • Hikaru: "Where are you going!?"
  • MC: "To work! Goodbye!"
  • Hikaru: *face beat red from yelling* "I love you dammnit! Have a great day!"
  • MC: "I will!" *slams the door shut as she leaves*
  • (the auction managers sit there awkwardly and stare at each other with various expressions)
  • Eisuke: "So, is this the extent of your relationship?"
  • Hikaru: "Hey, it was her fault!"
  • Ota: "Not really. She just walked into the room and you called her stupid."
  • Mamoru: "I understand why. She's always got that dumb grin on her face like some sorta kid."
  • Hikaru: "It's her fault because if she didn't have such bad luck, I wouldn't have fallen in love with her."
  • Hishikura: "That's his way of saying, 'She's so adorable, it frustrates me.'"
  • Baba: "This is all beside the point! You know what this means, Hikki?"
  • Hikaru: *glares at Baba*
  • Baba: "When she gets home, you two can makeup! Which as we all know, can get pretty steamy, and--"
  • Hikaru: "Soryu, can I borrow your gun?"
  • Soryu: "Certainly." *hands Hikaru his gun*
  • Baba: "Boys! Boys, let's not be hasty! Right, Mamo? They could be arrested."
  • Mamoru: "By who?"
  • Baba: *face palm*
  • Ota: *laughs hysterically*

As the current head of the New York Institute,” Maryse said, with an attempt at firmness, “if there is illegal Downworlder activity happening, it should be reported to me.”

“I do not talk to Nephilim about Downworlder business,” Lily said severely.

The Lightwood parents stared at her, and then swung their heads in sync to stare at their son.

Lily waved a dismissive hand in their direction. “Except for Alec, he’s a special case. The rest of you Shadowhunters just come in, lay down your precious Law, and chop off people’s heads. We Downworlders can handle our business ourselves. You Nephilim can stick to chopping off demons’ heads and I will consult with you as soon as the next great evil occurs, instead of the next great annoyance, which will occur probably on Tuesday, and which I, Maia, and Alec will deal with. Thank you. Please stop interrupting me. Alec, can these people even be trusted?”

“They’re my parents,” said Alec.

—  Cassandra Clare. “Born to Endless Night.”
ok ok so i’m gonna do an installment three of the skysolo college au that no one asked for
  • (first part here, second part here)
  • surprise it’s set in the future after luke’s graduated
  • so luke graduates early and leaves and doesn’t tell anyone (read: forgets to tell everyone) where he intends to go and what he intends to do
  • like he doesn’t even tell leia and he and leia are splitting a rent check and she’s doing a five years master’s program at her school
  • leia, understandably, is super pissed, because she could have been in nice housing on her own campus, she doesn’t have to be living in this shithole, luke, you fucker
  • so she gets this freshman to help her try and find him
  • poe dameron is a computer science major who lives in total awe/fear of leia organa, and he’s like !!!!!! holy shit she’s speaking to me
  • so he traces down some of luke’s paperwork except there’s like a fuckton of info missing and he had no idea how to get it
  • so he goes to talk to hux in admin but hux is an asshole and a bully who doesn’t do much work except for admiring phasma who is the real ruler of the place
  • finn is pretty smart but he likes to play games in his spare time so phasma usually takes his mouse
  • but finn likes the look of poe and goes hunting down the information he needs and gets it and puts it on a flashdrive but never gets to give it to poe
  • anyway poe accidentally leaves his jacket so finn tries to run after him to return it but loses his job since he’s not allowed to leave the building
  • and poe’s gone anyway, he’s headed home for the long weekend
  • so finn is wandering around and bumps into rey who is like, a scary good pole vaulter and she’s got poe’s dog! she’s petsitting bb-8 (spelled on her collar as “beebeeate”) since she has no family to go home to
  • so finn and rey bond and go exploring campus together (bb freshmen!) and they bump into han who has a Reputation on campus but also hasn’t been seen since luke graduated
  • and when finn says “he left his jacket and he also was asking about luke skywalker” han just kind of freezes
  • “why does poe fucking dameron– LEIA”
  • and they all tromp over to senior apartments together
  • and there’s poe! and he goes “hey that’s my jacket!” and finn goes !!!!! “sorry it was cold out”
  • “nah keep it it fits you better anyway”
  • finn blushes and leia says “han didn’t you once say that to–” “WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THAT”
  • so they’ve found out where luke is– part time at grad school and working at tesla to pay off his debt– and leia calls him and when she gets on the phone she immediately starts chewing him out
  • meanwhile han cooks dinner and chewie comes over and immediately takes a shine to rey but she’s listening to poe and finn swap horror stories of hux and phasma with great interest and beebee keeps yapping around their legs
  • and no one realizes that leia’s moved into another room and put the phone on speaker so she can pace holes into the carpet in frustration at her twin until suddenly, during a lull in the conversation, they hear
  • “you wanna know why i didn’t tell you why i’d left? because i didn’t want han to know. i’m trying to get over him, okay, and i didn’t want him to come after me and ask me to come back or whatever. i couldn’t face it. okay? are you happy now?”
  • and luke hangs up
  • and han drops a pot
  • and no one says anything for a really long time

~ I’ve had the material for this post on the back burner for awhile now, but @luciemiddleford‘s ask encouraged me to finally put it into words. For those unfamiliar with my various meta on all things Ben Solo, it can be found here if you’re interested~

This particular examination delves deeper into the disgustingly toxic psychological underpinnings of Snoke’s relationship with Ben, and how Snoke continues to infiltrate and poison almost every facet of Ben’s being. More specifically, it takes a closer look at how Snoke’s involvement in Ben’s development at such a vulnerable age has affected Bens issues of validation, abandonment, dependency, and emotional control.

For starters, what Snoke did to Ben as a kid falls under the category of child abuse (child grooming, exploitation, emotional/mental abuse, etc). Plain and simple. What one wants to take from that and interpret/mold to his current character progression is up to the individual, but as a child he was an innocent pawn to the heinous and evil whims of a monster. Snoke was manipulating and corrupting and grooming from the beginning. That is canon, as stated by Leia herself. Not fanon.

Even if one wants to complain or point out that we don’t yet have specific examples of the ways in which Ben suffered under Snoke’s presence during childhood, the evidence can be clearly seen in the adult he became. Emotional abuse of a child (which is most often a pattern of behavior causing damage over a period of time) can sometimes be indicated by the following behaviors in the victim:

Severe lack of social and emotional development? Present and accounted for. Behavioral inhibitions and severe anxiety? Check. Overly defensive? Check. Extreme emotions or aggression? Double Check. Destructive or anti-social behavior such as outbursts of violence? Triple Check. And finally, suicidal thoughts and actions (which might possibly be gleaned from Ben’s seemingly careless regard for his own safety during his fight with Finn)? Mmm-hmm. In addition to all these things, he displays an inability to handle or process unexpected or sudden obstacles/setbacks in a level-headed or mature way.

It seems obvious to me that Ben and Snoke’s interpersonal relationship heavily involves a punishment-and-reward dynamic. Snoke has fashioned himself into the only “reliable” (see: available) person in Ben’s life; therefore, Ben is entirely dependent on him for emotional validation and he is susceptible to the Supreme Leader’s assessments of him as his only measure of self-worth. Snoke’s judgments and subsequent treatments of his ‘protégé’ are taken very personally, where Ben either responds by a) acting/feeling like a thoroughly kicked and anxious puppy or b) perking up like the Supreme Asshole has just ruffled his hair and applauded him. Snoke has absolute control over Ben by making the kid very wary of punishment (aka disappointing him) and subsequently desiring to make the Supreme Leader “proud”.

Lets take a look at some of the instances where this dynamic can be seen:

[After Rey’s interrogation]

“In the vast, darkened assembly chamber of Starkiller Base were only two figures: one tall and uncertain, the other looming and imperious…there was as much curiosity in Supreme Leader Snoke’s voice as their was disappointment. “This scavenger—this girl—resisted you?”

…“I perceive the problem,” Snoke intoned. “It isn’t her strength that is making you fail, it is your weakness

[After Snoke gives the Official Okie-Dokie™ to use the Starkiller Weapon]

“Daring to disagree, Ren took a step forward. “No—Supreme Leader, I can get the map from the girl, and that will be the end of it. I just need your guidance.”

And you promised me when it came to destroying the Resistance you wouldn’t fail me.” The threatening figure of Snoke leaned toward Ren….

“Kylo Ren. It appears a reminder is in order.”

 Later, when Ben is angry at himself for having protested]

He had reacted poorly to what had happened earlier, and that had been reflected in the Supreme Leader’s judgment…he gritted his teeth, angry at himself.

[And finally, this exchange represents their relationship in a nutshell, where Snoke appeals to Ben through a bond of dependency and apparent “care”]

“When next Snoke spoke there was an intimacy in his voice, a familiarity that stood in sharp contrast to the commanding tone he had used with Hux.”

Here’s something else I found to be of interest—it’s not a scene between mentor and pupil, but I find it to be enlightening towards their dynamic nonetheless. This scene happens right after Rey’s interrogation, when he is shaken, confused, and then approached by a Stromtrooper:

“…the trooper halted. His evident discomfort at having to speak to Ren bolstered his superior’s shaken persona”

This boost that Ben gets from the troopers unease can be taken as him relishing what little control he has in his current environment. He is constantly under Snoke’s scrutiny and supremacy, making him feel weak, like a child, so the only time he ever feels in control is if he is in a position of power or control over someone else (by instilling fear in them, same as Snoke does to him).

Now lets talk about another way in which Snoke ensures Ben remains loyal to him: by constantly telling the boy that he’s “special” and filling his head with delusions of ‘purpose’ and ‘destiny’. This method of manipulation is too often a tool used by manipulators and cult leaders to secure curiosity and eventual allegiance. The Supreme Leader would have gotten Ben into a position, very early on, of believing that those around him neglected, abandoned, and devalued him by weaving elaborate lies mixed with partial-truths.

With Leia, she had the New Republic + the First Order to juggle. Han didn’t understand his Force-wielding/brainwashed son. Luke had the New Generation of Jedi to take priority. But with Snoke, Ben is told he finally comes first. He is special, and more importantly, needed. He is the favorite in this scenario. Snoke’s intent from the beginning was to purposefully isolate Ben from others, to let his feelings of loneliness and abandonment and worthlessness eat him alive, only to come swooping in at the most crucial moment to Save the Day. And from then on, whenever the need arises, to drop reminders of how “special” Ben is, how “unique”, how “important”.

This particular exchange in the novel highlights Snoke using this method:

“I have never had a student with such promise—before you.”

Ren straightened. “It is your teachings that make me strong, Supreme Leader”

Snoke demurred. “It is far more than that. It is where you are from. What you are made of. The dark side—and the light. The finest sculptor cannot fashion a masterpiece from poor materials. He must have something pure, something strong, something unbreakable, with which to work. I have—you.”

Gross, gross, gross, gross. Makes my skin crawl. It’s also self-explanatory. I mean see this post or even this post for possible reasons on why this method would be so successful for Snoke’s goals (in regards to Ben). Make the kid think he’s special and the only one capable of finishing Grandpa’s good works and he’ll feel driven by his once-in-a-thousand-years-uniqueness to do something “great” and “meaningful”.

***These are the exact same things Palps did to Anakin (albeit Ani was an adult with agency at the time it started whereas Ben was a defenseless child). Ol’ Palps isolated Ani from his support system by feeding him lies about how those around him (Jedi Council, Obi-Wan) neither understood, trusted, or appreciated him and his abilities, all while steering The Chosen One towards himself because he understands, he appreciates, he cares.***

Also to be mentioned are some of the instances in which Ben seems to display some aspects of Stockholm Syndrome (the condition where a captive and/or abuse victim ends up empathizing or defending said captor/abuser as a mode of survival). This is most evident when Han comes to save his son: Han attempts to reason with Ben by saying that Snoke is using him and doesn’t actually care about Ben—Ben responds by defending Snoke and calling him “wise”, even though deep down he feels that Han’s words ring true. He seems, more than anything, to be trying to convince himself that Snoke is in the right and that Han doesn’t know what he’s talking about (lest he deal with the frightening reality that everything Snoke filled his head with were lies).

I know this is already long, but I really wanted to end this piece with the following excerpt from the novelization, which takes place after Snoke has just told Ben that BB-8 is on the Falcon and he questions his students loyalty:

“My allegiance is with you. No one will stand in our way.”

Snoke nodded. “We shall see. We shall see.”

…When he was gone, a grotesque smile twisted across Snoke’s countenance.

We already knew that Snoke was cunning, evil, and a master strategist. We knew that he was willing to go through any means necessary to achieve his desires. But that last line solidifies that Snoke is having fun. He hasn’t just been building a human weapon for the sake of it, he has been enjoying taking this kid apart and watching him fall prey to all the insecurities and lies that have filled his head for three decades. Snoke has made a game out of this kids life.

Luke First Meeting the MC
  • Luke: *sitting quietly reading medical records*
  • MC: *walks into the room*
  • Luke: *looks up* "...Our babies will be smart and beautiful."
  • MC: "..."
  • Luke: *continues staring*
  • MC: "Eisuke!"

someone reblogged that gifset of luke saying “i’ll never turn to the dark side” and are like “it’s funny cause in the camon of star wars he does eventually join the dark side” and i’m like???? like….where? there is legit one (1) luke novel in the new canon as of right now and that is heir to the jedi and he’s a smol bean fresh off destroying the death star, lads

The Force Awakens novelisation Chapter 15
  • It is explicitly stated that Snoke can sense changes in Kylo’s composure where nobody else could. That just shows how easy it is for him to get into Kylo’s head, it’s creepy..
  • Hux’s voice is described as smooth and unctuous
  • Idk maybe I’m reading too much into this, but I think Snoke might be legitimately afraid of Luke. In the film I always had the impression that it was important for Snoke that Luke dies because he is the last of the Jedi and Snoke just wants the Jedi gone (and obviously Luke would still have some influence over Kylo/Ben) - but in the book his main concern seems to be that the Resistance might find Luke and convince him to join them. He says to Hux that he’d rather have him destroy another entire star system than wait a couple of hours to determine the exact planet the Resistance is based on: “We cannot wait. Not even for hours. […] The more time we give them, the more likely the chance, however slight, that they will find Skywalker and convince him to return to challenge our power.” 
  • Remember how Snoke told Kylo to bring Rey to him because she is force sensitive? And how that sounded like he considered turning Rey to the dark side? Yeah.. so.. in the book that sounds slightly different: “It appears that a reminder is in order. So I will show you the dark side. Bring the girl to me.” Doesn’t that sound like he was planning to kill her, or maybe even have Kylo kill her???
  • Han describes Leia’s voice as “the voice […] that had always been able to bring him to stop whatever he happened to be doing” - he also makes her laugh: “For the first time in quite a while, she laughed freely. It was infectious, happy, and, these days, all too rare.” Oh my heart, oh my heart, oh my heart ;_;
  • According to Kylo, a lot of his training was “devoted to learning how to live and move forward in the absence of emotion” Just.. the Organa-Solo family is killing me in this chapter, you guys ;_; 
  • Last but definitely not least, for all our collective Kylux needs, this is what Kylo thinks about Hux interrupting his audience with Snoke: 
    “To add to the discomfort, that slimy sycophant Hux always seemed to appear at the most awkward possible moment. He gritted his teeth, angry at himself. It was a measure of his curent weakness that something like jealousy toward an insignificant simpleton like Hux could even enter his mind. It was nothing but a waste of physical energy and mental concentration. Hux - Hux was not worthy of such attention” THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE PREMISE OF A ROMCOM I AM CRYING :’D

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