Quite often I wander out of the FanFiction Stories forum wondering about the realism of the fiction that goes on there. Is hyperspace possible? Is a cloaking a ship possible? The Force, what is up with that crazy thing? I question the realism and often wander back to thinking that Star Wars is just a fantasy and things out of the ordinary happen. However, after the new movie came out this summer I wondered about how we were writing character interactions, more specifically how we express our emotions in our fictions. AOTC is often criticized for being out of context when it comes to romance and how characters express those emotions. It is said that such situations would not actually occur in real life. But Star Wars is not real life, it is fantasy; thus should how we write our fanfictions be fantasy or more real? Often comments come about of authors not expressing their characters emotions in a realistic way, but rather in a surrealistic way that often is oppressive. Characters act too much like teenagers, and they live their lives so much like their authors. Some say that authors are living out fantasy in their stories and that their fantasies are not so much as Star Wars related but merely related to their own lives. Star Wars is not meant to be pure romance, and all love, but more dynamic and dramatic. Yes, love is dramatic, but they argue that the way it is expressed is in a "picket-fence" way, where everything is perfect and that the emotion is clearly defined. They argue that authors picture a scope of the Star Wars universe that is perfect when in fact nothing in Star Wars is perfect, and nothing falls into place. Comments also come about how Star Wars is mere fantasy, and that it is not real, nor should the characters expressed Star Wars breaks bounds in science and in scope, so why should it not be the same way in its expression of love and emotion? Yes, characters are allowed to love, and express their emotions in such ways that their heart comes to the surface. They are vulnerable and as deep as we are as human beings, and that expression we feel is are fair game to explore and lengthen. Some would argue that fanfic is the place where the fan has 100% control and that the characters are therefore somewhat bound to what the author wants from them. Given that the characters involved are entire fictional combined with the fact that alternate universes are so fun to explore, is there any harm in that the characters and their situations are sometimes almost too "perfect" to be true? The answer is of course, "No." There's more than a slight element of fantasy to Star Wars, and the fantasy genre is almost a haven for the perfect romance. What are your opinions? I expressed the opinions I hear quite often as a manager of these forums, and I am interested in hearing what everyone has to say. Be civil, but of course don't be afraid to express opinion.