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To the fanboys who say there are too many strong women in Star Wars

To the antis who say you can’t ship whatever you want

To the norms who say you should start adulting and give up your love of a galaxy far, far away

To everyone who isn’t us and doesn’t get it

When someone makes a ‘Ladies of Star Wars’ appreciation post

When they only mention Leia, Padme, and Rey

anonymous asked:

Who are your top 5 favorite EU ladies?

Oh man. You know, I think about this all the time, how I would rank EU ladies and I’m never sure because you do you pick just five?? But when it comes down to it these are probably my top five:

1) Gara Petothel/Lara Notsil/Kirney Slane

I fucking love Gara, okay. She has one of the best storylines in the entire EU. She grows up in the Empire, she’s a part of Imperial Intelligence from a very young age, so she’s indoctrinated into this point of view and it’s literally all she knows. And then she ends up infiltrating Wraith Squadron. It’s the first time she’s really actually interacted with rebels or even just someone outside of the Empire on a more personal level and it forces her to reconsider everything she thought she knew. And even when it’s revealed that she used to be with the Empire and was at one point spying on the Wraiths and is forced to flee, she still ends up doing everything she can to help the Wraiths from the inside of Zsinj’s operations. She comes up with the whole using mouse droids as spies thing. And even though all of this is profoundly difficult for her on a mental and emotional level, she’s eventually able to help bring down Zsinj and then get away from all of it, to make it to Corellia and to set up her own business where she can live happily and safely. She ends up married and with kids that get to live safe, simple lives and she is just happy. I literally flipped my shit when she showed up in Mercy Kill because seeing Kirney Slane 30 years later happy was just so amazing. I need more characters like her okay.

2) Jaina Solo

Jaina was one of the most formative characters for me as teenager. She was seemed so self-assured in the first books I read with her in it, so sure of her abilities and where she fit in the universe and that was exactly what 13-year-old me wanted to emulate. I’m honestly gonna be forever bitter that despite the whole Sword of the Jedi thing she was horribly sidelined in NJO, DNT, LotF, and FotJ. Jaina worked so hard and put so much of herself into the Jedi and into protecting the galaxy and she never got enough credit from the people around her for everything she did.

3) Mara Jade

Mara is such an amazing character and as I get older I’m realizing more and more why she’s so great. I wrote a couple of years ago about how the Thrawn trilogy is about Mara regaining her agency after being manipulated by Palpatine for years both before and after his death. Survivor’s Quest is one of my favorite SW books because it has Mara having to work with Imperial style troops once more and having to come to terms with the parts of her past as an Emperor’s Hand that she actually does miss. She’s just this incredibly complex character that I love to pieces. So, of course, again I was disappointed in how Mara got treated from NJO on, where her roles essentially was truncated to accommodate her apparently more important position as Ben’s mom.

4) Winter Celchu

Leia’s best friend/surrogate sister who sometimes acts as a decoy for her so they can get more shit done for the Rebellion and who has an eidetic memory that is both incredibly useful for her work and incredibly painful for her personal life because she can never ever forget the awful things she’s seen? Sign me the fuck up.

5) Tahl

Blind Jedi of color who absolutely kicks ass and loves research and history? Again, sign me the fuck up. I haven’t read all of the Jedi Apprentice books so I’ve actually read more fanfic than published fic with her in it, but she’s just such a great character that I love her anyway.

Honorable mentions:

Tionne Sulusar, Tenel Ka Djo, Tahiri Veila, Mirax Terrik, Bria Tharen, Danni Quee, Sabe, Mon Mothma

‘Chewie was able to deliver our Thernbee back to them.’

'He sounds like a delightful creature.’

He was too big and pesky to be delightful,’ Leia said. 'And it took him two days to digest the ysalamiri. Mara, Luke and I were stuck in the Falcon, playing holographic games while Han and Chewie argued about who would repair the damage.’

'They must have fixed it.’

Leia grinned. 'They did. After Mara threatened to shoot them both.’

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Leia Organa Solo and Mon Mothma in the New Rebellion by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Mara facing down an irate Han and Chewie is amusing. But also - despite Luke and Mara never sharing any page time in this book, they were apparently stuck on the Falcon playing holo chess with Leia for several days afterwards. There must be a fanfic opportunity in that somewhere…

Re-read: The New Rebellion by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Cover art by Drew Struzan

After Children of the Jedi and Darksaber I really needed a good book in the Legends EU to keep me going on this re-read. The New Rebellion wasn’t it. To be frank, I’m really just holding on in there for the Hand of Thrawn duology at this point.

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