Again, it's fine to disagree, but I am simply explaining that, for me, the PT's romance was better-handled in that it acknowledged that there were negative elements to the relationship (such as Anakin's intense attachment issues) while still presenting a romance. I don't mind that Han and Leia were antagonistic with each other (although I'm not a fan of slap-slap-kiss, truth be told). No, the issue I had was in Han's refusal to respect Leia. When she tells him to let go, he should. That's the end of it. He doesn't have a right to touch her if she's specifically told him not to. Likewise with the "Let go" regarding her hand and pressing her up against a wall. And you can go ahead and make the claim that "well, she really wanted him to do that" and I still don't buy a word of it. That's absolutely no justification. And the longer I've spent in college, the more I have found this to be true -- talking with female friends who had horribly uncomfortable situations forced on them by guys who were drunk or didn't know the meaning of the word "no." So no, I don't like the portrayal of Han and Leia's relationship in ESB. Oh, and the much-touted "I know" -- I don't much appreciate that either. I actually prefer Lucas' original version where Han tells Leia "I love you too." It comes across as incredibly egocentric of him to say that. Don't Leia's feelings matter? You don't think that if he were to die, she would have liked to know that he loved her too? Try pulling that line on someone and see if it turns out all that well. I would never respond to anyone that I love in such a manner (especially in such dire circumstances) because I can recognize that it's not all about me. To be fair, though, Han and Leia's romance is much improved in ROTJ and I actually like their interactions in the final film. Han can still be unkind at times (such as when he yells at Leia about Luke) but he apologizes right away and comforts her. In contrast to Han, though, the most questionable thing that Anakin does towards Padmé in AOTC is look at her funny after she's told him it makes her feel uncomfortable. And even then, Padmé always had the option of asking the Council for a new bodyguard, nor were they in isolation on Naboo (we see plenty of servants around, for instance). And when she tells him, during the fireplace scene, that she can't and won't be with him, he accepts it. He tells her that she's right and it would destroy them. Then, he treats her with great respect and formality -- addressing her as Senator, no longer moving in closer to her. She's the one who initiates every romantic action. She chooses to go with him to Tatooine, she hugs him, she confesses her love for him. Anakin, contrary to simply lusting after Padmé, respected her decision when she said they couldn't be together and still cared for her. If anyone is simply lusting, it would probably be Han in ESB since he seems so childishly concerned with proving that Leia loves him. It wouldn't bother me so much, but for the fact that the movies never portray it as a flaw in the Han-Leia relationship. Anakin and Padmé, on the other hand, have their issues, but these are addressed and have real (and horrifically negative) consequences for the characters. That's honestly why I prefer the depiction Anakin and Padmé romance. You don't have to agree; this is simply my reasoning. You're correct in a sense. I never got much "lusting" chemistry from either of them. But I did get a very strong sense that both of them were lonely and, more importantly, that they were happy together and that they felt they could be honest with each other. Which, to me, is more important than the kind of chemistry Han and Leia display. ROTS, in particular, was really wonderful at showcasing this in my opinion. There's no scene of Han and Leia, for instance, that I find as relatable as Padmé going to see Anakin after his nightmare. To me, they honestly felt like a real couple -- one that had their own issues to deal with, rather than just there to entertain the audience. I didn't feel it was unnatural. Awkward and at times melodramatic, yes, but I felt that was appropriate to the characters, personally. Why would you assume that? Not liking Han Solo does not preclude me from loving the OT. In fact, my second favorite Star Wars character is exclusively in the OT -- Luke. Luke has a beautiful journey and I think shows wonderful transition and development as a character. I agree with you that his story is a magnificently human story and watching him struggle with love, morality, and truth makes for a deep and thematically rich experience. I relate very well to Luke and he is a wonderful character. I simply don't particularly care for Han and feel that Leia (as Anakin's daughter) was wasted potential. And that her perspective wasn't considered enough, to be honest. Either way, though, it's got nothing to do with the popularity of the films nor, necessarily, the relate-ability of the characters. For me, it depends on how real they feel to me. Can I see the characters as having lives beyond what we are shown in the film, or do they simply come across as archetypes to entertain? For characters such as Luke, Anakin, and Obi-Wan, the former is true. For Han, the latter is. Speaking only from my perspective, of course.