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Star Wars Squee - Day 3

A post dedicated to the awesome ass kicking Princess

I’ve always loved a strong female character, a woman who wasn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty, who wanted to help others, and would stand up to evil. Sadly, most strong female characters tend to act strong, but then, as soon as something happens, they turn into a damsel in distress, or close.

I’ve chosen to say a little about one of my favourite female characters of all-time, the ass-kicking, smart mouth, Princess Leia. I know she’s had her weak moments where she needed saving (I blame Lucas for casting her as the “prize” in the first movie), but that’s okay because everyone has weak moments (unless you’re a Mary-Sue or Gary-Stu).

Once, a long time ago, someone asked me why liked her, because up until then I was sort of complaining about the princesses Disney showed, how I didn’t find them amazing characters. My friend believed then I simply disliked all princesses. Yes, she’s a princess, but that doesn’t mean that’s the reason to dislike her.

Let’s begin with something I enjoy, even if she (the actress) hated it, the cinnamon buns! Ok, in the beginning I thought they were funny-looking, and I’m sure I wished more than once they’d chosen a different style, but as time passed I came to love them, and to be honest, the buns are sort of her trademark.

Working girl
She is wonderful, goes from being a princess to a politician, joining the war and rebelling against the evil lords, then becoming a Jedi Knight. She has amazing skills, and I’m not talking only about the Force, but her skills to motivate, to push and to get things done.

Nerf herder
One thing I’m sure others love about her is her sassy personality. Unfortunately I read somewhere that back in the day some people thought her character was a bitch, something I completely disagree with. Sure, she was determined, and could hit you with a rude remark faster than you could say Wookiee, but that doesn’t make her a bitch. Carrie Fisher said some of her favourite moments was when she and Harrison Ford was arguing, and it was some of my favourite parts as well, my favourite being :

Stick it to the man
She refused to tell where the plans were, and being threatened, or tortured, did not loosen her tongue. It wasn’t before they threatened to destroy a planet that she decided to say something, and even then she lied. Sadly her attempt to save her planet wasn't a success as the bastard was just that, a bastard. And even after her home planet was destroyed she knew she couldn’t fall apart, not while there was still a war going on.

I know
I loved that Harrison Ford changed the text to fit his character, because it does fit him, but what I love even more is that Leia said it as well.

So, these are a few of my favourite things with Leia, I’m sure there are more, but I’m currently pleased with my 5 favourite things about Leia.

Before I forget, I'm really looking forward to see her in the new movies, hopefully she will be as awesome as when we last saw her. I saw recent photos of her and I think she looks amazing.


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May. 6th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
All of this post.

May. 8th, 2014 04:52 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
May. 7th, 2014 04:19 am (UTC)
Sadly, any female character who stands up for herself gets the B-word label. True then, true now. I never wanted to be a princess when I was a kid, I wanted to be a spy. Leia combined the best of both - I *so* wanted her gig! And to travel the galaxy with those particular sidekicks.... yeah. Sign me up.

I have high hopes for the new movie- so glad she gets to portray her again.
May. 8th, 2014 04:59 am (UTC)
I know!! I know some character can be bitches, but she isn't even close. Everyone keeps saying that girls need to be confident and stand up for themselves, well, she is a perfect example on that :D

As I grew up I mostly wanted to be a warrior, swords were great, guns just as much, and Leia was the first to make me wish I could be a princess.

Let's cross our fingers that director goes for plot instead of action (as Hollywood often does, not that I mind action).
May. 7th, 2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
She may have occasionally needed rescuing, but she always quickly took charge of the situation with sass and confidence! Her interactions with Harrison Ford absolutely sizzled, too.

Leia made Han want to be a better man, and he did the same for her, allowing her to loosen up sometimes. They were better with each other.

It will be fun to see them in the new movie, I think. I just hope the script writers take full advantage of what they have, and the new actors can take up the mantle properly.

I also hope the Millennium Falcon is in it; she was another one with a great deal of character and personality! I love a ship with an attitude! (The TARDIS is the other one that comes to mind; she almost never takes her pilot to where he wants, but they have such a relationship!)
May. 7th, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
YES! The ships never get enough love.

Moya (Farscape) is another one!

Now, I want to see the TARDIS, the Falcon, and Moya, converging on each other to gatch up on gossip. LOL
May. 7th, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
I don't know about that... a couple of the Doctor's companions noted that he's been spotted stroking the ship's bits! Then again, he's also been known to take a mallet to her... of course, he can't get the parts he needs for true repairs anymore, so sometimes he has to improvise (as your icon illustrates!).

Did you ever see the episode of Dr. Who where the TARDIS essence was sucked into a living person? That was one of the best episodes and truly showcased the sentience of the ship. The interaction between the Doctor and "Idris" was really beautiful to watch, and him trying to explain how the ship was a woman to Amy and Rory was quite amusing, especially when Idris introduced herself to them as "Sexy!"

It would be fun to see all of these lovely ships gossiping with one another! If they could get their communications to sync up properly......

Talk about strong female characters!

Edited at 2014-05-07 05:00 pm (UTC)
May. 7th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
I -LOVE- Idris. Hard. We need more of her. Well, just more of the TARDIS having a voice. <3
May. 7th, 2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
She is phenomenal, isn't she? My favorite was her response when the Doctor complained about her not going where he wanted: "No, but I always took you where you needed to go."

Her comments about his companions were funny, too, calling them strays and referring to Rory as the pretty one! After all, she IS a female!
May. 7th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
That would be a story I would love to read. :)
May. 7th, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
It's an actual episode, called (appropriately enough) "The Doctor's Wife." The parts with Idris and the Doctor were lovely, really showed their relationship. Neither would be anything without the other.
May. 7th, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
I saw bits of the that episode. I really enjoyed what I saw because I always felt that the TARDIS was more being than ship, if that makes sense.

I meant somebody should write a story where the three ships; TARDIS, Moya and the Falcon, get together to catch up on gossip. Throw in the ship from Hitchhiker's and it would be a really interesting story.
May. 7th, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
Oooh, sounds like it would be a fun ride! Just don't add HAL in! He'd make a mess of things... and probably wouldn't appreciate the girl talk.
May. 8th, 2014 12:40 am (UTC)
HAL was just misunderstood, the poor guy.
May. 8th, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
Poor baby... he must need some TLC! Maybe he should join the group and our lovely girls can provide it....

Boy, this thread has digressed, hasn't it!
May. 8th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
I'm sure the girls will provide all the TLC HAL needs..lol

Just a tad.

Leia rocks, which makes her the best of the Disney princess.
May. 8th, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
Oh, right... she is now a Disney princess, isn't she? And yes she does!
May. 8th, 2014 05:25 am (UTC)
MOYA! I loved the episodes where she was the star, it was different from the other shows, and it was the first time I actually feared a ship would die.
May. 8th, 2014 05:12 am (UTC)
Yes, she needed saving, but the others did as well, which is why I love those three movies, the characters were flawed, and didn't always win.

Han and Leia were perfect together. I especially loved the refusal to acknowledge they had feelings for each other, it was the most fun scenes.

I hope as well, they have some great ingredients, let's hope they manage to write a great story, and while I'm sure there will be action I hope they won't neglect characterization.

And I do hope for the falcon as well, it was one of my favourite ships of all time in Sci-Fi movies. The tales it could tell... unless Han had already told them :P
May. 8th, 2014 11:20 am (UTC)
Exactly, everyone got into a mucky situation, and everyone needed to be rescued at one point or another. It was far from "damsel in distress!"

They were perfect, everyone around them saw it before they did... and that's what made it so much fun.

The Falcon and the TARDIS are both cantankerous old girls, but they love their pilots!
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