Why I love Star Wars (and why you should too)

Today I thought I’d take some time out to explain why I “love Star Wars way too much”.

The year is 2005.  I am eight years old, and Episode 3 has just come out in the cinemas.  At this time, I had no interest in seeing it because I was a dumb eight year old.  I hadn’t seen any trailers, and the ads I did see for it referenced characters I didn’t know or care about.  I mean sure, I knew who Darth Vader was but asides from knowing he was a scary guy in a weird suit with breathing problems, I didn’t know anything about Star Wars, and I couldn’t care less.

Jump forward a year.  Everything changed.

My dad brings home a pirated copy of Episode 1 from work for me to watch.  Now somewhat wiser than I was a year ago, I decided to give it a go.  After all, this was one had a “I” on it, so I figured it was a better place to start.

And say what you will about Episode 1, but it blew little Lisa Junior’s mind.  I immediately fell in love with the Star Wars universe- the Jedi!  The Sith!  The podracing and the space battles!  From the moment I started watching, I was fascinated with these characters and I wanted to see more.  I mean, sure, young me was all “ew yucky kissy romance” every time Anakain and Padme were smooching it up in Episode 2, but at least I could appreciate its part in the story.  And the introduction of even more Jedi and Anakin’s fall kept me interested.

When I got to Episode 3, my obsession with Star Wars was complete, and I hadn’t even seen the originals yet.  The movie that is still, to this day, my favourite movie of all time.  Anakin was easily my favourite character, something  due in part to the fact that pre-teen me had a massive crush on episode 3 Anakin (that hair!  And that sexy eye scar…ok I’ll stop now).  But to me, Episode 3 was what topped it all off.  The stories of characters I had loved since Episode 1 were coming to an end, or entering a new chapter.  Something about Episode 3’s finality and seriousness engrossed me.  The final half hour of Revenge of the Sith is still one of my favourite movie finales of all time.

And then it was on to the original trilogy!  And I first, I hated A New Hope.  Compared to the action-packed excitement of the prequels, I found a New Hope very dull.  Though thankfully now I understand A New Hope’s merit.  But Empire Strikes Back was where I really fell in love with the original trilogy- the confrontation between father and son, the implication of light and dark, the fight between good and evil.  And finally, Return of the Jedi’s final confrontation between Luke, Vader and the Emperor is still something that rouses emotion in me today, and I will admit, every time I watch the victory celebration on Endor, I cry a little.

But why is that?

Star Wars is a big series, and that’s just considering the movies and not the plethora of content in Clone Wars, Rebels and other media.  But it’s size is what I think makes it so obsessive.  The Star Wars galaxy is full of adventures waiting to happen, and the great thing is that when all Star Wars fans inevitably imagine themselves in that galaxy, it’s possible that we could exist.  The movies follow the story of the Skywalkers, but I think its the living, breathing universe of Star Wars itself that hooks us.  It’s a whole universe that is so much more exciting than our own, but it’s believable.  From the corrupt senate in the prequels, to the Nazi-like regime of the Empire, Star Wars takes inspiration from our own universe in many ways, which makes it easier for us to feel for and understand the Star Wars galaxy.  The idea of good and evil locked in a constant battle appeals to our deepest instincts, and seeing that battle tear apart the Skywalkers appeals to our deepest emotions.  We cry for the death of characters we love, and cheer when they prevail.  Because deep down, we can all relate to the characters in some way or another, and to be honest, I think every Star Wars fan has wanted to be a part of these characters’ story- a part of something bigger.  And even here on Earth, the films unite its fans in a way no other series has done.  Star Wars has made friendships, and even long lasting romantic relationships (in fact it was our mutual love of Star Wars that helped me and my current partner get together).

To some, the Star Wars saga is just a bunch of movies.  To others, it is like the Force itself.  It surrounds us, binds us, penetrates us.  It has taught us lessons and molded who we are.

From one Star Wars fan to another, may the Force be with you.

Lisa

Knights of the Cool Republic

Not that boring New Republic (or is the post Episode 6 Republic the New Republic?  Does that make the pre-Episode 3 Republic the Old New Republic or the New Old Republic…)

Nevermind, I’m getting off topic.  The Republic I am in fact talking about is the one from the Knights of the Old Republic video game series, aka the best Star Wars games ever and the games that have influenced my big Star Wars writing project.

So, a bit of background.  I received KOTOR 1 and 2 as a gift on Steam from my (now ex) boyfriend.  At the time, I had heard of the games but had never seen anything about them. So I started playing the first game, and made my awesome main character Tiannah Ren (Yes, Force Awakens had just come out and I was in the prime of my Kylo Ren obsession)

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And as you can probably tell from that picture, I made her hella evil.  Like, I mean really evil.  More evil than you could imagine, cause to be honest, playing evil Sith in Star Wars games is super fun.  UNLIMITED POWAAAH.

But when I hit that game-changing plot twist, I thought “wow, this whole Old Republic era is a trove of storytelling potential”

And so I played the second game, and was even more immersed in the Old Republic.  Then I got into the comic series, and that really drove home how fleshed out this era of Star Wars history was, but at the same time showed how much more potential it had.  And Revan, the most adored character from the Old Republic, fascinated me.  A fallen Jedi who came back to the light, but never fully trusting it.  Someone who had been both Jedi and Sith, who had served both light and dark.  Now THAT was a character I could get into.  So I read the “Revan” novel.

And it sucked.

Look, it was not a terrible book by all means, but what Lucasarts as a whole had done with the character really annoyed me, especially his introduction into the Old Republic MMO.  They took a character who was different in everyone’s mind, depending how they played KOTOR, and made him a white, male, brown haired, stubbled jaw bore-fest.  I understand they needed to make a canon (well, not anymore) Revan to neaten up the EU, but really? ANOTHER white, male, brown haired, stubbled jaw hero?  Was Kyle Katarn not enough for you!

That’s where I come in.

What do I want to do?  I want to take Revan, and remake the character.  I want to make Revan into a great, multifaceted female Sith.  I want to see her interact with the galaxy and its people in different ways, depending on her current allegiance (either Sith or Jedi).  And I’m going to at least try to do that via short stories.

My Revan stories are going to (or at least try to) take everything everyone knows and loves about the character and the Old Republic universe, and string it together with some new ideas.  I want to explore Revan during the Mandalorian Wars, and her slow decent to the dark side.  I want to view the galaxy from her point of view as a Lord of the Sith.  And of course, I want to see Revan’s identify be destroyed by the Jedi before being found again in the light.

I’m not an incredible writer by a long shot.  There’s still a lot I have to learn.  But somehow, I feel that taking this character I love so much and making her into something my own will help me.  And I hope you will all enjoy it too.

Lisa

 

 

Current projects (aka what I’m currently procrastinating on)

I did promise to talk about what I’m working on at the moment, didn’t I?  I suppose I should do that.

Unfortunately, I’m not one of those “have one project and stick to it” kind of people.  Instead I’m one of those “starting working on all your ideas at once and then wonder why nothing gets done” kind of people.  I used to be much worse, but at least now I’ve narrowed myself down to four projects.  I honestly have no idea which one will get completed first, since I don’t really allocate time to them evenly.  I literally just work on whatever I feel like working on at that moment.  On one hand, it means I always have something to do that suits my mood.  On the other hand, I don’t make a great deal of progress overall.  So what are these four projects?

Project 1: Kings of the Bloodstone
Genre: Gothic fantasy
Progress: still in planning
Description: I have always been a huge fan of Gothic literature like Dracula, Frankenstein and the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  I’m an even bigger fan of the classic depiction of vampires, especially Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula and the Coppola Dracula film from the 90s.  It was these films that inspired me to start my own gothic fantasy.  While mostly still in the planning stages, I want to combine the feel of classic vampire stories with a dark fantasy setting similar to Dark Souls or Bloodborne.  I feel like these two things would work ridiculously well together.  Kings of the Bloodstone is a story about brooding, aristocratic vampires living in a dark desolate world where they rule over the lesser class of mortals.

Project 2: Man and Machine
Genre: Sci-fi
Progress: early draft in progress
Description: Do you know what else I love? Cyborgs. The idea of people struggling to find their humanity when they are mostly machine fascinates me.  And that is what Man and Machine is all about. I’ve probably made the most progress on this one, and I’ve even begun working on an early draft.  It is heavily inspired by the Deus Ex videogame series, with some inspiration taken from Blade Runner and even the Terminator films.  The story follows a young ex-soldier named Kaiden who is gravely wounded on the field of battle. Against his will, he is resurrected through the power of cybernetic enhancement by a large bio-technology company.  In return for his life, Kaiden must pledge his services the company, whose intentions are not what they seem…(dun dun dun)

Project 3: untitled, dunno I’ll probably just call it something to do with sand. But not Dune cause that’s already taken
Genre: fantasy/adventure
Progress: literally a couple of characters and a rough plot
Description: fun fact- I got this idea from a dream I had.  In this dream I saw a young boy slowly dying from an unknown ailment.  But the twist was that he had been possessed by an demon, and if he died then that demon would be unleashed upon the world.  When I woke up I thought: “what a great idea for a story!”.  I’ve taken this idea and played with it a bit, making some characters and a loose plot.  At first I made the setting a sort of medieval Europe, but now I’ve changed it up a bit and set it in a fantasy Arabian-esque land.  After recently reading some of One Thousand and One Nights, I’ve definitely been intrigued by writing a kind of fairy-tale adventure with a middle eastern twist.

Project 4: holy shit Star Wars (note this is not the actual title, actual title is Rise of Revan)
Genre: Star Wars. Yes, Star Wars is a genre
Progress: 3/4 of the way through first draft
Description: Yes, I know that writing something in an already established universe with already established characters is cheating and will not earn me anything. But I am doing this because I enjoy it, and it satisfies that unrelenting hunger for new Star Wars content.  This project is a series of novellas about the expanded universe character Revan, from the Knights of the Old Republic games.  These stories are set before the games, with each one focuses on a different period such as during the Mandalorian War and Revan’s rise from your average Jedi Knight to Dark Lord of the Sith, her time as a Sith, and then her fall from grace leading into the KOTOR games.  And yes, I said her. I feel like a female Revan is much more interesting than a male, and it really fills in the void left by the fact there are pretty much no (good) real female Sith.  These stories will also feature KOTOR favourite Malak and the Exile from KOTOR 2.  This is probably my biggest project at the moment, and I am dedicating a lot of time to it.  I will likely make a separate post in the future going into further details.

Any ideas/suggestions are welcome, and I hope those of you that are interested will stay tuned in the future when I finally get off my ass (or on my ass since I guess you write while sitting down) and start writing more.

Lisa

 

The Adventures of a Teenage Fanfiction Writer

Perhaps not anymore, but that is exactly where I started- in the dark days of 2014 on the site known as Fanfiction.com

So as I mentioned i the last post, I said I wrote things.

I gotta come clean, I haven’t really written much.  In fact, almost nothing.  But hey it’s the thought that counts, right?  Really it’s more my ambition to write more than anything that drives me. I may not have done much yet, but I like to think I will in the future.

So is there anything I have written?

Well in fact there is! Perhaps you remember me mentioning my fanfiction? While it may have been the result of the interests of a 17 year old high school student Dragon Age fan, it is probably the only project I started AND completed.  Based on the video game Dragon Age 2, this 14 chapter, 20000 word story used the Dragon Age characters Hawke, Anders and Fenris but the plot was my own invention.  And you can clearly see 17 year old me’s obsession with gay angst fiction dripping from it.

If you are interested, you can check it out here:
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10515574/1/The-Pain-of-Lyrium

Here’s the cover if you’re the sort of person that needs a cover to grab your attention.

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I was going to make this post about what I’m working on at the moment, but perhaps I will leave you shivering in anticipation and talk about it on the next post. After all, perhaps its better to look at where you’ve been before you look at where you are going.

Lisa

 

Every journey starts with a step, and every blog starts with a post

I know what you’re thinking- “ANOTHER twenty something blogger and writer who thinks they are somewhat interesting and thinks that a blog about them will also be somewhat interesting?  No thanks.”

Understandable.

This blog is for me more than anyone else, but if you want to join in on the ride, then be my guest.  So what exactly is this blog about?  Well it’s about me, and what I do.

And I hear you exclaim “What is that, exactly?”

Well first of all, my name is Lisa and I am a twenty year old accounting student on the cusp of finishing uni.  When I’m not studying, I’m either writing, playing video games or thinking about Star Wars (sometimes all three).

At the moment, my writing hasn’t really gotten beyond fanfiction (no not that kind of fanfiction that you’re thinking of).  I really want to publish a book (someday) and I guess this blog will help motivate me.  Authors have blogs right?  They seem like an author-y thing to do.

What do I write about?  Well I’ll get to that in some early posts.

But behold there is more to me (and this blog) than writing!  While my funds currently consist of a couple of coins and crumpled five dollar notes, one day I hope to have enough to travel the world.  Maybe if this blog survives that long, I’ll blog about that.

And heck, I’ll probably just post about whatever pops into my mind.  Probably Star Wars.

So that’s an overview, if anything.  Follow this blog.  Or don’t.  I’m a mysterious person on the internet, not a cop.

Lisa