Star Wars Reads Day has kept me busy writing this week, and it isn’t even here yet. Today at Suvudu, I discussed how point of view can be used to great effect and in varying ways to explore the Galaxy Far Far Away. I even worked in some Hunger Games references; Episode VII screenwriter Michael Arndt worked on the Catching Fire screenplay. Much of what I know about point of view and storytelling came from reading Star Wars novels like I, Jedi and the Revenge of the Sith novelization, and everything in between. The authors have shared their insights on the topic in interviews and conventions too, and I paid attention. It made learning fun.
Per Publisher’s Weekly, this Saturday’s Star Wars Reads Day will be celebrated in “more than 2,000 events worldwide – up 67% from last year.” Carol Roeder, director of publishing at Lucasfilm, says, “We always like to celebrate our fans, and to give back.”
The following publishers are participating: Abrams, Chronicle, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.
In addition to the premiere events featuring Star Wars VIPs, stores will have activities that include “recipes, crafts, and games excerpted from participating publishers’ Star Wars titles.” There will be swag and cosplayers from the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, and R2 Builders Club. For more information on locations near you, check StarWars.com/reads.
I have a couple of event-related posts that I’ll share here when they pop up.
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 and Gemini. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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