Throughout my years as a Star Wars fan I had only watched the movies and had never delved into the fictional book realm of the franchise…until recently. In the past year I have read several incredible Star Wars novels, all of which belong to the new canon created after Disney bought the franchise, and while some were slightly boring others were downright fantastic and helped expand my mind to the overall story of these films. So, I’m here to tell you which books I thought were just okay and which novels excelled my wildest expectations. Enjoy!
The Force Awakens
While I absolutely love The Force Awakens the novel is surprisingly disappointing. The story is kind of boring and there isn’t anything exactly different from the novel that wasn’t in the movie. Of course it’s Star Wars and it’s always fun to read anything that’s involved with Star Wars but this definitely isn’t a book to own.
The Aftermath Trilogy is a compelling series of books that tell the story of, well, the aftermath following the Battle of Endor. We get new characters to follow, some original faces here and there (one of them being Wedge which was really awesome) and some fantastic storylines. But as cool as the story sounds the trilogy’s first installment is a bit of a bore compared to its next two installments and that’s why I have it ranked next to last on this list. It is, however, a good book to read.
A New Dawn
This book follows the story of two Star Wars: Rebels characters, Kanan Jarrus, a rascally type who was once a padawan before Order 66, and Hera Syndulla, a secret rebellion operative trying to stop the Empire’s reign. They cross paths on a planet overrun by the Empire and together they try to free the planet from the tyrannical organization’s reign. This is a fantastic novel full of enticing action, great character interplay, and a perfect introduction to these prominent characters in the Star Wars universe. If you’re a fan of Star Wars: Rebels this book is a must-have.
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Throughout the Star Wars trilogies there has always been the destined Jedi Knight. In the original trilogy there was Luke Skywalker, in the prequels there was Anakin Skywalker, and now, in this current trilogy, there is Rey. All of these characters have experienced the middle chapter of their various journeys and today I’m going to share with you who I felt had the greatest training to becoming the Jedi (or dark lord, in Anakin’s case) that they were destined to be. Enjoy!
Anakin’s middle chapter was fraught with personal conflict as he had to face the biggest challenge in his life; choosing between his love for Padme or his duty to the Jedi Order. When we first meet the older Anakin in Attack of the Clones he is still very much a padawan. His decisions and thinking are rash, he’s disrespectful to his master, Obi-Wan (mainly to impress Padme,) and he’s just a whiny (yes, whiny) mess. Anakin is trying to prove that he’s grown beyond the meager title of padawan and is now a Jedi but he is constantly faced with so many flaws.
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When Disney announced that they were making new animated shorts featuring some of Star Wars‘ most prominent characters I was totally on board. Since then there have been over two dozen of these fascinating shorts and now, with a Season 2, Forces of Destiny is bringing new incredible characters and providing them tantalizing backstory that is undoubtedly a blast to watch. So, here are the latest batch of new episodes that happen to be my favorite. Enjoy!
Porgs are really cute and so it’s no surprise to see that this was one of my favorite episodes so far in Forces of Destiny. We get to see Rey learning how to use the Force, which is always awesome, and then her interaction with the Porgs is downright one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen from the delightful little furballs. I love Porgs! 🙂
I liked this episode because not only do we get an exciting interaction between Princess Leia and Maz Kanata but we also get to see how Leia obtained the bounty hunter disguise that she used to save Han from the vile clutches of Jabba the Hutt. Leia is in full awesome mode in this animated short and I loved it.
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I. Love. ‘Star Wars’! I’ve loved it before I even knew I was watching it. The music, the concept of the Force, the lightsabers, the Jedi, the Sith, the story, everything about Star Wars was special to me…and those were the prequels! When I discovered the original trilogy I became even more of a Star Wars fan and now with these new movies I’m practically bursting at the seams with excitement. So today on this glorious May the 4th I’m going to share with you all of the wonderful things that make me LOVE Star Wars so much. Enjoy!
The Opening Crawl
There is nothing in cinema history that makes me more excited for the beginning of a movie than the opening crawl for Star Wars. There’s just something truly magical about seeing those words, “In a galaxy far, far away” in that iconic blue color and then hearing John Williams’ fantastic classic Star Wars theme burst into your ears as you watch the opening crawl make its way up the screen with the backdrop of the galaxy’s millions of stars. Even if a Star Wars movie ends up being a little lamer than some of its other Star Wars predecessors the opening crawl never disappoints and it’s one of the main reasons why I love Star Wars so much.
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The story of Star Wars really harks back to the tale of destiny that has been told for centuries through fairy tales and epic plays. In the original trilogy the story revolved around Luke and his journey as he turned from being just a hopeful farm boy wanting to go an adventure to a powerful Jedi who would then bring peace and order back to the galaxy. His journey was complex and difficult but it all led to a rather satisfying end. For Anakin his journey was reminiscent to Luke’s and the exact opposite at the same time. He was a young slave boy who wanted to travel the galaxy and explore the stars but instead of him becoming a hero like Luke did he became a galactic monster as he transformed into Darth Vader and brought a terrible darkness to the galaxy. Both of these men were central figures in their trilogies and while their humble beginnings were very similar their outcomes were much different. And that’s where I come to Rey.
Rey, like Luke and Anakin, has a nearly identical humble beginning to her incredible journey. She was a scavenger surviving day by day by providing Unkar Plutt mechanical scraps in return for food. She too, like them, wanted to journey beyond the stars and make a better life for herself. She was basically a slave, like Anakin was, and she also came from a sand planet. If you really think about it, it’s kind of odd how much alike Luke, Anakin, and Rey’s stories are.
So yeah, Rey is very much like these two past central characters but, judging from her story in the two movies of her journey so far, what does it look like the end of her journey will entail for her? Well, let’s take a quick look at that journey she’s partaken on.
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One of the fun things about being a Star Wars fan is enjoying a fascinating Star Wars marathon. The movies, by themselves, are enjoyable but when you watch the films back to back to back it gives an entirely different perspective on the movies’ stories and character developments and that’s what happened for me yesterday. The marathon started with A New Hope (I barely watch the prequels anymore) and I watched all of the following episodes through The Last Jedi and I have to say, it was a remarkable experience. Seeing the stories of Luke and Leia, Han and Chewbacca, and the other iconic characters of the original trilogy transcend decades and continue on in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi was just simply incredible. But after watching The Force Awakens which I highly enjoyed and then The Last Jedi immediately afterwards it was a jarring realization in how different the two movies really are.
The Empire Strikes Back was, of course, much different than A New Hope. It was a darker film, the situations were more complex, and all in all it was just a much more serious film than its predecessor but The Last Jedi is different than any Star Wars film ever made. The Force Awakens truly feels like a Star Wars movie. It feels like it belongs in the universe, whereas The Last Jedi is not what I’ve come to expect in a Star Wars film in the slightest. Yes, there are space battles and lightsabers, the Force and blasters, but the overall feeling of The Last Jedi is wildly unique compared to its predecessors, which isn’t exactly a bad thing. It’s just something I’m still getting used to. And so after watching Episode VII and Episode VIII back to back I just knew I had to write a post comparing the two films and which movie I feel is better and I hope you enjoy. 🙂
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While Star Wars has a lot of fantastic, memorable and enjoyable moments the films have also provided some of the most surprising and saddest experiences I’ve ever had as a movie viewer. From the tears I shed when Padme died back in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith to the waterfall that poured from my eyes after the heartbreaking development of Rogue One there have definitely been some sad moments throughout the Star Wars franchise and I am here to share them with you. Enjoy!
Ahsoka Tano Leaves the Jedi Order
I’ve just recently watched the entire series of The Clone Wars on Netflix and I was utterly blown away. I missed it when it was on Cartoon Network but in a way I’m glad because I was able to binge watch all six seasons which was a ridiculously fun experience for me. The most heartbreaking episode was definitely when Ahsoka Tano left the Jedi Order…for good. Ahsoka was an amazing character and after six seasons watching her growth from a young padawan to a talented Jedi knight she had really begun to grow on me. When she got framed for bombing the Jedi temple she went on a self-inspired investigation to prove her innocence. She was still captured by the Jedi and nearly sentenced to exile from the Jedi Order but the true culprit was caught and she was freed of all charges. But by the time her name was cleared her faith in the Jedi had been shattered and she decided to willingly walk away from the Order. It’s actually one of the saddest moments I’ve seen in Star Wars and it made me cry.
Ahsoka was one of my favorite characters in the cartoon and the end to her five season story was tragic. I know she returns in Star Wars: Rebels and even though I haven’t watched that cartoon yet either (it seems there will be more binge-watching in the future :)) I’m sure her continued story will be just as awesome.
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