so i'm working on the prompt thing and it's like half done, but i'm having a little (a lot) of trouble with the characterization, especially with Padme (I haven't had the occasion to watch any of the movies in a long time and she seems very much like a cardboard cutout to me when i try to write her), is there any way you would help out a fellow writer by sharing some headcanons? just like, basic padme headcanons, bc i have like...zero to work off of right now and it would be v helpful
Oh my gosh, I’m so excited that you’re writing the thing! I can’t even tell you. (No pressure, though. Lord knows I’ve been talking about my unfinished fic for like two years, so take as long as you want/need.)
Concerning Padme, @flaminganakin just put up a really great analysis of her character here, so I recommend checking that out.
And here’s a few random headcanons of mine:
Padme is quite close with her sister Sola, but her relationship with her parents is more distant and frequently strained. They love each other, but they don’t really understand each other. (This post has a lot more detail on that headcanon.)
She really loves Naboo tradition, and is a bit of a geek about it - she studies old customs and reads classical texts and is actually fluent in the traditional language of flowers (something which is about as well-known among modern Naboo as Victorian flower language is for us today).
She’s both an idealist and a cynic, both practical and fanciful. (And this is part of why she’s so consistently underestimated by her opponents, who tend to see only one side of her and then get blindsided by the other. “Queen Amidala is young and naive. You will find controlling her will not be difficult.” Yeah, that one worked out.)
Padme actually has quite a lot in common with Anakin. They’re both very passionate, idealistic people with a tendency to prioritize other people - sometimes over ideals, and certainly over themselves. They’re both nerdy romantics. They both have a complex relationship with authority (something that will probably play into a graffiti AU). Anakin’s authority issues are pretty obvious, but I think a lot of people overlook Padme’s because most of what she says is insistence on democracy and the rule of law. But Padme in action has a very definite tendency to follow the old adage: if you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself. In TPM when she sees the galactic authority of the Senate won’t help her, she decides to go back and retake Naboo herself - a tactic which, it’s worth noting, was at best unsanctioned by the Republic, and arguably illegal (certainly illegal if she’d lost and the Trade Federation had been able to call the shots). In AOTC Padme is the one who decides to go rescue Obi-Wan, again outside the auspices of any official Republic sanction - and that rescue attempt does ultimately precipitate a diplomatic incident. So yes, Padme has a certain anti-authority streak, and it’s sometimes in conflict with her political goals in some really interesting ways.
She also has a definite reckless streak, frequently related to her complicated relationship with the concept of authority.
She loves fashion and the arts, and has a pretty broad appreciation for different types of art. (Something which may also play into a graffiti AU.)
She’s extremely protective of the people and things she loves, and pretty resistant to believing anything negative about them.
Part of why I’m so psyched for this AU is that, while the initial idea of Padme and Anakin meeting again while tagging the same building was mostly crack, there’s enough in their characters that I can actually imagine it happening.
not continue generation kids but about the Jedi Academy
How old were Luke’s students and did Kylo kill them directly or did he just lead to the fall of the academy? Did any of them escape? If so did they turn their backs completely on the Force (could some of them be the Knights of Ren)
Going back to Kylo, it’s pretty shocking that after he’s killed his own father and potentially murdered a bunch of peers/children he still hasn’t gone yellow-eyed Sith (not that I want him to). Just goes to show how strong his pull to the Light is (I guess?)
And then that also brings up the issue of Force Ghosts. Are they going to incorporate all these slain force sensitives- make them accessible through the Force?
I’m just imagining a scene with Rey coming face to face with this Academy of Force Ghosts and they’re warning her to stay away from Kylo, that he’s a lost cause. One or two of these padawans might even be resentful.
“How come you get to live, but my life was cut short by a beast?!”And just getting angry at her for potentially showing Kylo compassion and even considering he is redeemable.
How would Rey deal with that guilt, this is assuming she begins to feel for Kylo but is also learning about his past in detail. Not to mention how does Kylo deal with it. Is he not exposed to these Force Ghosts bc they’re part of the Light Side or does he get visited by them? How does he react to them? Maybe they’re just peripheral figures that haunt him. I wonder?
One of the neatest things about the Prequel Trilogy is that the character traits which, in any other circumstances, would be virtues end up being the cause of the character’s downfall. Obi-Wan’s dedication to the rules is why he fails as Anakin’s mentor. Padme’s faith in ‘human’ decency and her drive to help others, makes her unable to see the problems of both her husband and the Republic until it’s too late. Anakin’s sense of personal loyalty, need to help, and, most critically, deference to authority, lead him to become Vader. The fact that it’s everyone’s virtues, rather than their flaws, which destroy them make their stories that much more tragic.