Thoughts on the Star Wars Episode 9 Trailer (And on the Whole Sequel Saga)

It’s been literal minutes since I watched the first teaser trailer for the long-awaited ninth installment in the Star Wars saga. It’s been quite a ride. I mean, where do I start? How much the title (The Rise of Skywalker) sends chills down my spine? How every shot featuring Rey, Leia, Lando, Finn, Poe, or …

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the Need to Confront Change

“This is not going to go the way you think!” Never before has a line of dialogue so perfectly captured the spirit of a movie. And it came from the mouth of Luke Skywalker no less. A worn-down, bitter, cynical Luke Skywalker. Not the fresh-faced hero from yet another desert planet, but not exactly the …

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Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn: Genius Wrapped in a New Uniform

If you know anything about my deep, abiding love for Star Wars, then you know that I’m more than just a fan of lightsabers and starfighter battles. I also adore some of the clever things that the saga has produced, such as sympathetic Imperial characters like the infamous Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thankfully, he’s canon once more, and …

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4 Things That Make the Star Wars Saga Stand Out

Ever since 1977, the Star Wars films have captured the public’s imagination in a way that other studios and moviemakers have tried to recreate time and time again. As someone who studies fiction for a living, I can’t say I claim to have the answers myself, but I do notice a few consistent traits that almost each Star Wars movie …

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Character Studies: How Did Writing Star Wars Fanfic Get Me Here?

Confession is good for the soul, or so I hear. It’s amazing what a little introspection can do, especially when you’re wracking your brains for new story ideas, waging that never-ending war against writer’s block. Of course, I’ve spent almost half my life now writing, and it’s good every now and then to stop and …

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