Ahsoka Tano’s Heroic Journey in Star Wars Insider 160

Insider 160StarWars.com shares highlights from Star Wars Insider #160 out now on newsstands. Included is a piece I pitched on the Insider Panel at Celebration for my ongoing series on heroes’ journeys, and sometimes falls, in Star Wars. After pitching Ahsoka Tano, I admitted on the latest Hyperspace Theories that I struggled with the piece. My brain kept trying to write about the character’s champions, Dave Filoni and Ashley Eckstein, who are indelibly now part of the character’s lore. From the article:

Over the entire run of The Clone Wars, Ahsoka’s champions Dave Filoni and Ashley Eckstein took a novel approach to their relationship with fandom. After the prequel era, which saw Lucasfilm play corporate cat to the fandom mouse over the content in movies, books, and comics, Filoni and Eckstein embraced The Clone Wars’ fandom, with Filoni remaining the Plo-Kool cat showrunner and Eckstein wooing over fans one at time through upbeat interviews and numerous personal appearances, not just at big events but also at smaller conventions. From the charismatic original trilogy cast to the Star Wars Rebels voice cast, it has become apparent that Star Wars characters shine their brightest when the actor or actress already embodies the qualities of that character. For an era such as the Clone Wars steeped in pessimism and defeat, there needed to be a helpful portion of hope to come out the other side. Considering Ahsoka’s future past Order 66 was not always guaranteed, it certainly suggests that the power of hopeful fans can also play a role in heroic journeys, much in the way it has for other notable female characters of the past few years, such as Korra from The Legend of Korra and Captain Marvel of Marvel Comics.

Ahsoka Insider Page 1Issue 159 featured Asajj Ventress. More exciting pieces are on the way. You can subscribe here or pick up this month’s issue at your local bookstore.



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 the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. 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.