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I’m sure you can picture the scene: Our two heroes, one male and one female, suddenly realize they are under attack. What happens next? Male hero grabs female hero’s hand and shouts something blatantly obvious like “Run!” This is a movie trope that has irked me for quite a while; I can’t imagine that holding someone’s hand while running for my life would be at all conducive to the task. And though it may seem like an insignificant quibble, I see it as indicative of the larger Hollywood trend of prioritizing the male storyline while, well, dragging the woman’s along behind.

And this is why a scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in which Rey repeatedly tells off Finn for grabbing her hand as they run away from the invading First Order, is so refreshing and vindicating.

Just as this trope reflects the problematic portrayal of women in blockbusters, Rey’s character reflects the changing nature of these portrayals – she’s fierce but vulnerable, physically capable but at times emotionally naive. In sum, she’s a real human, not just some sexy lamp. In many ways, Rey represents a break from traditionally portrayed female characters, even in – or especially in – an action-adventure movie like Star Wars. And I hope her character will make another, very specific crack in the glass ceiling and triumphantly complete her journey without any semblance of a romance plot – and without any man deigning to “take her hand.”

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Star Wars The Last Jedi

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars: Galactic Nights welcomes fan-favorite hosts
  • Rian Johnson reacts to Lucasfilm’s grand unveiling of a new trilogy
  • Daisy Ridley is her own worst critic
  • A Padme Amidala novel is (hopefully) in the works
  • And much more!

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV Spot

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Characters from Star Wars Rebels and Return of the Jedi collide in Forces of Destiny
  • Seth Green voices a Trandoshan on Star Wars Rebels
  • A cool new The Last Jedi creature is explained
  • Luke joins the dark side…in a new poster
  • And much more!

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from a certain point of view

There’s a lot of Star Wars content making the rounds these days, and if rumors of a live-action television series are true, we certainly won’t be thirsting for stories set in that galaxy far, far away anytime soon. But one of the recent additions to the Star Wars universe has earned a special place in my heart: Del Rey’s From a Certain Point of View, an anthology of 40 stories from 40 different authors, featuring an amalgam of secondary (and tertiary, and quaternary…) characters in A New Hope.

The anthology spotlights everyone from Grand Moff Tarkin to the patrons of the Mos Eisley cantina to the mouse droid scurrying the hallways of the Death Star, offering vastly different perspectives on key events in the original Star Wars film. Though a 459-page book that covers an already intimately familiar subject matter may seem like a recursive snoozefest, From a Certain Point of View manages to delight in the details that make the Star Wars universe so beloved, delivering fresh insight into iconic characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda while also highlighting the diversity that has for so long remained at the fringes of official Star Wars lore – and even humanizing stormtroopers in the process.

In addition, this enchanting collection of tales revels in a post-ironic, playful brand of humor that is so critical in these casually absurd times. Even as those who breathe life into Star Wars treat the universe with the utmost respect, the franchise has also learned to laugh at itself, which leads to, say, a chapter about the monster in the trash compactor now becoming a part of the official Star Wars canon. (Her name is Omi, by the way, and lest you doubt her inner fire, she has a warrior spirit.) It’s these small but important nuggets that remind me why I fell in love with Star Wars in the first place.

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Saw Gerrera Star Wars Rebels

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Dave Filoni dishes on the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels and #AhsokaLives
  • Fans take to photoshop to poke fun at the Han Solo movie
  • Kathleen Kennedy speaks out on Hollywood sexism
  • BB-8 changes his relationship status on Facebook
  • Porgs swarm the sidewalk at a Lucasfilm arts festival
  • And more!

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