#WheresRey: The Saga Continues

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Lucasfilm

Good evening readers!! While I initially had a Marvel vs. DC Comics post planned for this evening, that got shelved after I read an article on Hypable earlier this afternoon that raised more questions about the whole #WheresRey controversy. Sent to me by my best guy friend S, the article links to a report on the blog Sweatpants and Coffee that quotes an industry insider as saying that Star Wars toymakers were “specially directed” to exclude Rey from their products. Though these claims aren’t all that surprising given what we’ve seen so far in terms of a dearth of merchandise for female characters, it still made my heart hurt and my blood boil. Then, I got angrier as I read some other news stories about the whole thing and I decided tonight was a good time for a bit of a rant here on Geeky MusingsRead More

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe

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Jason Gabbert/Basic Books

A long time ago, on a couch in our living room, I read the Washington Post’s review of Chris Taylor’s book, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise. I had grown up with the original trilogy, had experienced the disruption that the prequels had caused, and was starting to explore my latent geek-like tendencies, so I was extremely intrigued by his accounting of George Lucas’s space fantasy saga from its beginning to the present day.

If I remember correctly, I looked for and found the book at our local Barnes&Noble, but passed due to the hardcover price (sorry Chris!). Read More

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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LucasFilm

Growing up, I watched my parents’ VHS (taped from television) copy of the original Star Wars – what is now known as Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – just about every weekend. Part of that was because we didn’t have cable and there was usually nothing good on. But another part of that was because I was just drawn to the story – the adventure, the galaxy-wide perspective, the fight between good versus evil, the humor, the subtle romance… all of it. I, like so many other people, simply loved the essence of Star Wars.

Because of that love, it’s still a bit odd to realize that that is primarily where my experience with George Lucas’s epic space fantasy ended. Read More