Lit Leia's Novel

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Danz Borin, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. The_Phantom_Calamari Force Ghost

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    The Threepio/Han scenes were one of the few things I unequivocally enjoyed about that novel. I mean, Han's had to hang around with the guy and go on dangerous adventures with him for years. I'm sure he feels at least some measure of camaraderie with Threepio way down deep below the surface, it just takes the love of his life spurning him and a whole lotta alcohol to get him to admit it.
  2. Todd the Jedi Mod and Inquisitor of SWTV

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    What a man! Solo.

    He's every Princess's dream!
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  3. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    I just don't see it that way. Leia's wedded to duty. She's human, of course, and has feelings -- and I like to think that her initial coldness towards Solo was mostly her not wanting to confront her emotional turmoil.

    As far as the ideals of the New Republic -- remember that just about a year or two before the events of this novel, the "New Republic" released hardened murderers onto the galactic capital in order to make their invasion easier. I don't think that they would really bat an eye at a matriarchal society.
  4. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    I Could. Not. Stand. COPL.

    The matriarchal society didn't bother me at all, but the whole concept of Mon Mothma trying to arrange a marriage between Leia and Fabio Isolder, and Leia playing along even for .2 nanoseconds after she had already established a relationship with Han in ROTJ, was absurd.

    The "courtship of Princess Leia" took place in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Period, end of sentence.

    I really liked Tatooine Ghost. I wouldn't call it a commercial for TPM but it does bridge the two trilogies pretty well, with Leia meeting Kitster and finding an entire videolog of Shmi as well as sensing the Tusken slaughter through the Force--there was great dialogue between Leia and Han on that subject. And that book had good romance.

    I'd love to see a well-written Leia novel, with "well-written" being the operative word. If it focuses on Hoth and the surrounding time frame, that sounds like a good set-up. I want to see the feisty smart-ass Princess we met in ANH, the one who was not afraid to tell her rescuers in a diplomatic way to go **** themselves if they were acting like idiots, even if they were rescuing her at the time. I'd like to see her dealing with Alderaan in her own way, and when we're talking about Leia, that probably won't involve a lot of emoting, more introspection that would translate much better to the page than the screen. I'd like to see her as a strategist as far as protecting the Rebel fleet on Hoth and making their next move.

    And for ****'s sake, nothing about her trying to choose between her brother and Han.
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  5. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    I know everyone likes to see Leia as an individualist who isn't afraid to stand up for herself and make her own decisions. Those attributes are a big part of what makes her such a strong character, and what made her refreshing in the era when the movies came out. But we also can't forget how committed she was to the cause. I have no doubt in my mind that she'd suck it up for the sake of her movement. I mean, she already gave up her entire life for the Rebellion and already risked everything else. Do you think after giving up all that, she'd be unwilling to give up another aspect of her personal happiness?

    As for what you'd like to see in the Leia novel, I largely agree with everything you've just said, a_g -- with the caveat that I find Luke/Leia stuff pre:ROTJ to be intrinsically hilarious. I'm sorry! I just do. :p
  6. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    She was a career politician and they all suck up, it goes with the territory. Didn't make COPL any more palatable though.

    On the career politician aspect--she went into politics, as I understand it, because it was tradition on Alderaan for the heir to the throne to serve at least one term in the Senate. That's another angle that could be addressed in the novel. Did she really enjoy politics, or did she enter into it for Bail and Breha and then come to accept it as her duty?
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  7. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Good point -- Children of the Jedi has her remembering a bunch of aunts fussing over her and trying to teach her how to behave properly for the Imperial Court, and she seemed have not been very cooperative. There's also all that stuff about people often mistaking the more graceful Winter for the princess. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean she didn't enjoy the politics, just that she was a little too rough and tumble for the more ceremonial stuff. She ends up getting used to it, but does that mean she came to terms with it or came to like it? Hard to say.
  8. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    The best thing about COPL is the Wraith trilogy ;)

    The conversation between Han and Leia regarding the Tusken slaughter is the absolute highlight of the book for me. TG is the only Denning work I've read, and I enjoyed it overall. I know many hate Han and Leia in later books, but judging from TG alone, it seems like Denning has a good grasp on both their characters. Maybe that changes.
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  9. Havac Former Moderator

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    Does it ever.
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  10. krtmd Force Ghost

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    Hey, we're all entitled to our opinions, right? If they had just sold the marriage to Isolder in COPL as one that was purely political, and showed Leia as being prepared to sacrifice her own happiness with Han as a price for peace in the GFFA, I might have been able to see it. But that's not exactly what Wolverton does. By chapter 7, she's considering telling Isolder she loves him. o_O And giving Han the extreme brush-off. "Look, Han, I'll always be fond of you..."

    I, too, have high hopes for the new Leia book, and would love to see the things anakinfan mentioned. Particularly, her grief about Alderaan, her feelings about Breha and Bail, and the push/pull of her relationship with Han.
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  11. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Fair enough. I suppose I hadn't read the book recently enough to recall that: I just saw it as purely political. I'll agree that it's extremely out of character for her to fall for some "dashing prince," esp. given what we know about her personality growing up.
  12. krtmd Force Ghost

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    From SWBooks on Facebook

  13. Manisphere Force Ghost

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    So it looks like we finally have a title for Leia's entry in the Rebels series. It's simple. It's clean. It's Rebels.
    Imaginative.o_O
  14. krtmd Force Ghost

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    Well, that's anticlimactic, to say the least. o_O
  15. Lugija Force Ghost

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    It could still be a placeholder title. The series has been called Rebels in interviews.
  16. JediMara77 Force Ghost

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    Rebels is the name of the series. The Leia novel itself is currently untitled. See above Facebook page quote.
  17. Force Smuggler Chosen One

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    Hoping it is a more than one word title.
  18. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    Should've been Dark Rebels.

    No wait.

    DARK REBELLION.
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  19. The Loyal Imperial Manager Emeritus

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    Star Wars: Dark Rebellion of Darkness.
  20. Manisphere Force Ghost

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    It's possible. It was listed as, Untitled Leia Novel before yesterday.
    Star Wars: Leia's Dark Rebel Bloodlines.
  21. Team Padme Force Ghost

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    Stoked. I can't wait for this Leia novel!
  22. Havac Former Moderator

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    THE NEW DARK REBELLION: A NOVEL OF THE OLD DARK REBELLION II: REBEL HARDER AND DARKER.
  23. Ulicus Lit'ari

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