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How Rogue One Will Challenge the Star Wars Model

When  Gareth Edwards made the intimations at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim that Star Wars Anthologies: Rogue One would be something of a grittier approach to the franchise detailing a military mission to extract the Death Star plans from right under the Imperial’s nose, swaths of fans everywhere were both rejoicing at the fact of another Star Wars movie but also worried about whether it would truly be a Star Wars movie or just a high budget sci-fi movie.  Some worry that a Full Metal Jacket style film will lose that mysticism and mythological tendencies that we have come to know and love in the other movies.  Personally, I feel that a grittier addition to the saga and a different type of story would both benefit and expand the beloved Star Wars story, rather than hinder it.

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As a grandson of a Vietnam marine veteran I grew up hearing both the tales of hell and horror and those of kindness and kin, and let me say that hearing the stories of pain and suffering made the ones that were of mercy all the more important.  The darker ones increased the impact the of positive sides of the story.  A Star Wars example of this is found in the transition between episodes 3 (Revenge of The Sith) and 4 (A New Hope).  In spite of what some consider dubious quality for the prequels it does make sense to admit that having more story that foils other aspects later in the timeline does actually increase the force behind the scene.  Now that we know everything evil that Vader did when he was converted to the Sith we have much more to rejoice about when he is redeemed by Luke Skywalker, showing Vader’s dark fall brightens his redemption.  I feel that Rogue One (if it’s half decent) will do the same to what is mentioned of the Death Star plans in A New Hope.  If Rogue One is done right we’ll hopefully get a little teary eyed at the famous “Many Bothans died to bring us this information”.  In short, its darker tone should hopefully deepen the power of the Star Wars narrative, something any fan would be okay with.

Its darker tone should hopefully deepen the power of the Star Wars narrative.

Another thing Rogue One will hopefully do is expand the Star Wars universe into almost a genre with internal genres (if you will).  This by no means suggests we abandon the Star Wars story telling we know and love, on the contrary, it will world build around those stories making them and the franchise more believable (From a certain point of view).  Finally, having varying stories and genres would give the Star Wars will give a sort of vitality that would allow the franchise to grow both as universe and as a unified story.

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Fangirls Around the Web: April 2015

Happy Star Wars Day! The latest Fangirls Around the Web continues to shine a spotlight on female fans and their contributions to the Star Wars community.

First, happy belated birthday to Star Wars fangirl Bethany Blanton! She celebrated her birthday during Star Wars Celebration, and by browsing through her Instagram, it looks like she had a fantastic time!

Every last Friday of the month, transmedia author and scholar Natacha Guyot discusses all things science fiction with various talented women in a monthly feature called #SciFi Women Interviews. She kicked off the series with (me!) Star Wars fangirl Johnamarie Macias, and in April, Natacha interviewed science fiction writer and poet Yolanda I. Washington.

Congratulations to journalist Megan Crouse! She joined the Suvudu and Del Rey family as the new writer of the Holonet Digest series. You can read her roundups of Star Wars news over at Suvudu.com.

Also, congratulations to Mariel Mohns for winning the #StyleYourUniverse contest using Her Universe Star Wars attire. Find a brief interview of her over at GeekFashionWeek.net.

Fans from around the world came together last month at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Here’s a rundown of fangirl highlights from the convention:

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(Photo: Erik Davis)

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Fangirls, add this to your future shopping lists! Hasbro revealed The Black Series Ahsoka Tano 6-inch action figure at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. The figure is expected to arrive in 2016.

Scott Murray wrote about the fangirl presence at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim over at Coffee With Kenobi in a piece called, “The Fangirl Impact on Star Wars Celebration“.

April was also a big month for FANgirl Blog’s Tricia Barr. She revamped her personal site over at TriciaBarr.com. At Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, Tricia moderated a panel with a variety of Star Wars fans, known as From a Certain Point of View: A Diversity of Opinions in Star Wars. Tricia is also the co-author of the latest reference book, Ultimate Star Wars, and she will be on a book tour around the country. Check out the DK tour schedule over at FANgirl Blog for additional details.

FANgirl Blog is also a fantastic source of the latest fangirl news in the Star Wars community. Check out April’s Daisy Ridley Roundup to learn more about The Force Awakens actress and her character as well as last month’s Fangirls Around the Web to read up on female fan spotlights.

Fangirls in Podcasts

Here’s a collection of podcasts featuring fangirl hosts, co-hosts, and guests:

Coffee With Kenobi with special fangirl guest Amy Ratcliffe
April episodes(s): Show # 35: Celebration Anaheim Pre-Show! (95)

Fangirls Going Rogue with fangirl hosts Teresa Delgado, Tricia Barr, and Sarah Woloski
April episode(s): Fangirls Going Rogue #18 (special guest Ashley Eckstein), Fangirls Going Rogue: Star Wars Celebration

Far Far Away Radio with fangirl hosts co-hosts Meg Humphrey and Mallory Conlon
April episodes(s): Episode 203 – The Star Wars PrequelsEpisode 204 – The Force Awakens Teaser #2

ForceCast with fangirl co-host Megan Crouse
April episode(s): Episode 347: Do You Have a Question?Episode 348: The Funfare AwakensEpisode 349: We’re Home!,

Force Cult with fangirl co-hosts Tracy Gardner and Saf Davidson
April episode(s): Episode 13Episode 14Episode 15

Hyperspace Theories with fangirl co-hosts Tricia Barr and Kay
April episodes(s): Episode 8: Star Wars RebelsPre-Celebration ShowStar Wars Celebration Anaheim Day One Coverage Read, Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 Recap

Mos Eisley Comic Port with fangirl host Catrina Dennis
April episode(s): Kanan #1 – Episode 002 (special guest Johnamarie Macias), Darth Vader #4 – Episode 003 (special guest Elaine Tveit), Star Wars #4 – Episode 004 (special guest Amanda Ward)

Radio Free Tatooine with co-host Amy and special fangirl guest Catrina Dennis
April episode(s): Episode 25

Skywalking Through Neverland with fangirl co-host Sarah Woloski
April episodes(s): Episode 73, Episode 74, Episode 75An Interactive Fandom Adventure LIVE at #SWCA

Star Wars: Legends and Lore with special fangirl guest Elaine Tveit
April episodes(s): Journey to the Long Titles #2

The Wolfpack Podcast with special fangirl guest Johnamarie Macias
April episodes(s): Flashback Episode: Pre-Celebration Predictions

The Wookiee Gunner’s Rebels Chat with fangirl hosts Johnamarie Macias and Maria
April episode(s): Season Two Trailer

Fangirls in Writing

Here’s a collection of links to articles written by fangirls in April:

Fangirls in Arts/Crafts

Read up on the latest fan comics:

A selection of art and crafts made by fangirls in/around April:

May the Fourth be with you!