When did you first discover Star Wars?
Even before I watched the movies, I was a big fan of Star Wars. One Halloween I dressed up as Padmé Amidala, but I had no clue who she was or when she wore that outfit. (She wore it on Geonosis). I had always thought they were going to be too violent or too scary. My dad really encouraged me to watch them, so when they were on sale at Costco my dad bought all six. I watched the movies over a course of several weekends and really, really loved them! Now I encourage all my friends to watch them because it’s not really a “boys” movie at all. I’m super excited about the new movies, and secretly hope to be in one of them!
What parts of Star Wars stories have you experienced? (such as books, comics, games, movies, television show)
To start, I watched The Clone Wars. I love Ahsoka, and cried a ton at the end, though I’m glad she didn’t die like all the first-graders at my school had predicted. I also play Star Wars: The Old Republic (SW:TOR). It is so much fun! I really recommend it if you are a big Star Wars fan. The graphics are amazing and I never feel bored, or feel that it’s just another MMO. One time my mom’s character, Sky’ln, was standing on top of a Tatooine sand dune, and against the surrounding cliffs was her shadow. It’s little things like that make you want to play forever. Besides the movies, the books are my favorite part of Star Wars. My top two are Choices of One and Scoundrels. I love Scoundrels’ twist ending!
How do you share your passion for Star Wars? (such as message boards, conventions, fan fiction, fan art, cosplay)
I’ve been to GeekGirlCon once in Seattle. I had a great time! As my cousin and I were posing for a picture, a woman came up to me and said, “I love your shirt! Can I take a picture with you? It looks so cute on you!” For a second I was like, who is this? Then it clicked: it was Ashley Eckstein! When I met up with my mom, I ran up to her screaming, “I met Ahsoka! I met Ahsoka!” I got to have dinner with her and Tricia, which was really fun.
List the first five words that come to mind when you hear “Star Wars.”
1. Jedi. Of course, I always think of Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan first. Then, other Jedi I think of are Satele Shan and Milenn’ia (my SW:TOR character).
2. Millennium Falcon. Probably my favorite starship. After watching one of the movies, it takes me a second to remember that no, I can’t just leave Earth and visit Coruscant with Han and Chewie…
3. Death Star. The Death Star reminds me of how evil the Emperor was, but how happy the Rebels must’ve been when they blew it up.
4. Ahsoka. My favorite character of all Star Wars. (More on Ahsoka later.)
5. Ewoks. They’re just so adorable! I mean, who doesn’t want a life-size, very dangerous, fluffy, AT-ST slayer teddy bear as your BFF?
List your six favorite stories in Star Wars in any medium or format, and tell why they made your list.
1. The Clone Wars: Ambush: This is the first episode that was released, and I think it was the best. It had a great motto, it’s not too violent, and it had a satisfying ending. Yoda really shines in his teachings, and he reminds you that clones are not just clones; they are an individual and have feelings too. I think it was an epic starter to all the awesome seasons to come.
2. Scoundrels: I don’t need to say too much about this one. The adventures are really cliff-hanging and the underlying plots of each level of the story really make it fresh. I especially love the ending, which is up to you to find out what it is!
3. Choices of One: Mara Jade is so amazing in this book. I love how it ties with Allegiance, which is also great. All the parts of the book are good, but the ones featuring Mara entice me the most. When I grow up I want her job and bodysuit.
4. Allegiance: This book is super cool, and the Hand of Judgment is adventurous yet caring, which I like. I’ve probably read this book a thousand times, yet each time I can never put it down.
5. Star Wars: Episode I: I went to the grand reopening of The Phantom Menace in 3D party. I loved it because I felt as if I was driving the podracer. I also met cool characters and played the all-new podracer/Jedi/ dancing game, which was filmed by Lucasarts for a small movie clip.
6. Star Wars: Episode VI: I mean, who doesn’t love it when the Ewoks bring down an AT-ST? Or when Luke brings back his father to the light side? Or when the Rebels win? Also, the afterward celebration is really funny, especially on Naboo when Jar-Jar yells, ‘Wesa free!”
List your six favorite characters, and tell why they made your list.
1. Ahsoka Tano: I can really relate to her in so many ways. She is sassy, brave, and smart, and is a really epic role model. I love how she overcomes her faults and becomes a great Padawan.
2. Padmé Amidala: When most think of a queen, they think of some high, snooty character dressed up in lots of frills and ribbons while secretly plotting to kill their stepdaughter with poison apples. Not me. Padmé is really cool, because although she’s a high noble queen, she prefers to act like a lowly servant and goes off on adventures to save Naboo and Anakin.
3. Princess Leia: Like Padmé, she really breaks the barriers of the word “princess.” She’s the girl aboard the Death Star talking back to Grand Moffs and blasting her way out of a garbage chute. I think she deserves to be in the Cool Girl Club.
4. Mara Jade: I like Mara because she acts like some pretty little face, when in reality she’s probably more dangerous than a Sith Lord coming to hunt you down.
5. Theron Shan: He is so epic! Not only is he son of Satele Shan and Jace Malcom, he works undercover with Republic SIS. I wish I had him as a big brother because he is caring and tough and shows you how to do things right.
6. Ewoks: They are super adorable and are the best allies one could have. My favorite part: when they honor C-3PO before Luke shows them 3PO’s “powers.”
Name five items you have that show your Star Wars pride. (such as collectibles, shirts, art)
1. My custom-made lightsaber. I made it at Disneyland, which is really epic because you get to pick all the parts you want and build it yourself. Now if only they offered free trips to Ilum….
2. My certification of being a Padawan. I also got this at the Jedi Training Academy in Disneyland. I was really lucky. I got there half an hour before, and jumped and screamed to get picked. When I did, I got a robe and lightsaber to practice with. We learned several moves, then bam! Darth Vader and Darth Maul appeared. We got to fight them, which was awesome.
3. My Ahsoka t-shirt. I got this from Her Universe, Ashley’s clothing line. It is super cute with a picture of an anime Ahsoka on it. My cousin and I wore the matching shirts to GeekGirlCon in Seattle.
4. R2-D2 lunchbox. This isn’t your normal lunchbox, folks. This one lights up, beeps, and is super epic! My teacher even filmed it. It is really cool and all my friends try to steal it.
5. Millennium Falcon sandwich cutter. Goes perfectly with my R2-D2 lunchbox.
List the five best moments from your experience of being a Star Wars fan. (such as a scene read or watched, meeting with a VIP, a panel at a convention)
1. Meeting Ashley Eckstein at GeekGirl Con. Ashley is super nice. I was super pumped when I met her. Even my cousin, who knows very little about Ahsoka or Ashley (except that I’m obsessed with her), was impressed. I hope I meet her again soon!
2. Going to GeekGirlCon. Just going to your first con is exciting. Add the fact that your mom was on a panel with Ashley and Tricia, your cousin was coming with you, and that BigFish Games offered sweet sunglasses = epicness!
3. Reading my first post on FANgirl. I was nervous that no one would like it, but I actually got a couple (okay, 8) likes! I couldn’t believe that a (then) 10-year-old’s post would be epic enough to be liked! 4.
Seeing The Phantom Menace in 3D. This was already a great movie, but seeing it in 3D was awesome. I felt like I was actually driving the podracer and the after-party was fun.
5. Visiting the Yoda statue. It was a cold, rainy day but we headed up to San Francisco to see it. I think the Yoda statue is really cool and hope to visit it again soon.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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