It seems like a long, long time ago that Star Wars Insider editor Jonathan Wilkins tasked me with an assignment: write two pieces about the leading ladies of the movies. Regular FANgirl readers know I have a lot of thoughts on both characters. Deciding how to focus articles that express the many ways both Padmé and Leia have shaped the franchise, and even storytelling on a broader level, resulted in a lot of hand-wringing and hair-pulling. Padmé’s piece, which was featured in Issue #142, proved the easier to write. On the topic of Leia, though, I found there was so much to say that I struggled to find an angle that would do her justice. In part, Star Wars became an epic super-franchise because of Leia’s bold characterization, and from that success Leia became an integral part of the evolution for the princess trope. My article in the new Star Wars Insider #144, “Leia: Princess of the People,” explores the many ways the perception of princesses have changed over the years.
The issue is packed with great content, including:
- Bryan Young explores how Role Playing Games shaped the Expanded Universe
- Dan Wallace talks to J.W. Rinzler, Randy Stradley, and Mike Mayhew about the new Dark Horse series The Star Wars
- In advance of The Making of The Return of the Jedi, Rinzler shares more behind-the-scenes photos, including Mark Hamill going Shakespeare on set
- Michael Kodge explores the ten years of highly regarded Knights of the Old Republic game
- Insider presents a classic interview with special effects visionary Dennis Muren
- Jeffrey Brown takes us inside his new book Jedi Academy
- Jason Fry weaves some fun fiction about space pirate Hondo Ohnaka, with art from Chris Scalf
- Del Rey’s Kenobi and Razor’s Edge, a Leia-centric book, are previewed
- Mary Franklin’s Bantha Tracks features Star Wars weddings
Star Wars Insider #144 is on newsstands and at comic books stores now, or you can get a subscription or single issues online.
Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She also writes about Star Wars for Random House’s science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu.com and Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl.
Tricia is putting the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde – a military science fiction with a fantastical twist that features heroines Vespa Wynde and Gemini Reed. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.