star wars has always drawn heavily on classic/ mythological structures, so i really like that one of the main purely non-borrowed-from-ep-4-or5 concepts/ dynamics in ep7 is the rey/ kylo thing. whether they’re meant to be read as related or romantic or whatever*, their structure is very Death and the Maiden/ Girl in the Underworld which are tropes that’re Classic As Fuck.

some bullshit uncited mythology/ star wors talk below, like honestly this is NOT coherent or even necessarily totally correct

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what makes people go “this news is so important! i know, i’ll inform tumblr by posting a screencap of some random person’s tweet paraphrasing what was presumably a headline from some uncited article or post of questionable legitimacy! this will be much better than googling it and posting an actual link to actual information”

and then what makes tens of thousands of people reblog that

why are we the way we are

Well, huh.  I was curious about various attitudes on suffrage restrictions in the early US–looking for race and income specifics–and kept running into an uncited but repeated statement that, while he was in the New York state legislature, Aaron Burr submitted a bill to allow women to vote.

So I asked my ~~personal connection~~ at the New York State Archives to look this up, and he found nothing of the kind going through the 1784-1785 records of the Assembly, which is when Burr was in the NY state legislature. 

So, welp, don’t believe everything you read on Wikipedia, etc.