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Many of our readers/listeners may remember when we put together a super fun “community episode” for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I sent out questions to various other fellow Star Wars fans, and you recorded your answers (many of you using nothing more than a simple smartphone recorder app) and sent the files back to me. I edited them into a cool news channel-style-interview style compilation and viola! One awesome listener response episode of The Elven Padawan: From Erebor to Echo Base was released for the world to hear!
Now we’re back to the present, and Star Wars Rebels has recently wrapped up its run on Disney XD, Star Wars Resistance is beginning in the fall, and despite all the odds stacked clear to the Death Star and back against the possibility, The Clone Wars is finally returning to finish the way it was always meant to. And we’re still seeing new shorts in the Forces of Destiny series being dropped every few months.
So I had a thought: what better time to try another community episode, this time to celebrate all the past, present, and future of Star Wars animation??
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My fangirl friends and I spend a good deal of time talking about our favorite ships, or how much we love the father-son relationship between Tony Stark and Peter Parker, but today I’m here to talk about a different kind of relationship: the best friend kind. I feel like this kind of awesome relationship can get a little overlooked in the middle of all the other kinds of relationships. Not that I don’t love talking about the other kinds of dynamics, but friendships are really important and deserve more attention. In a way, any healthy relationship could be considered a BrOTP (the fandom term for a best-friend pairing,) in that they all involve teamwork and loving another person. And whether characters were immediately kindred spirits or unlikely comrades, every friendship requires hard work, but every friendship is worth it.
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Ok, let’s be honest – “Squee Session” would probably be a much better name than “Review” for what happens in this episode.
Shay is thrilled to welcome TEP blogger Audrey to the podcast!! Together the two girls talk about the newest installment in the Star Wars movie series, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. They keep their fangirling spoiler-free for the first 6 minutes, but after that, the floodgates are open, and they don’t hold back!
Was there anyone truly “good” or “bad” in this film?
Will we be seeing a sequel or follow-up to SOLO?
What did **** really want with Qi’ra??
And that one character who we all now love!!
We also discuss some of the cool references and easter eggs hidden throughout this movie and do our best to answer a listener question about crossovers from other parts of the Star Wars universe.
Thanks so much to Johnamarie Macias from The Wookiee Gunner for sending in her questions for us to discuss on the show!!
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Today I am back to talk about another book, Star Wars: Tarkin, written by James Luceno. This book is very different from any Star Wars book I’ve ever read. Usually, the stories I read are centered around the good guys, characters that inspire you, and who you can empathize with pretty easily. This book, however, centers on a cold, brilliant, Imperial. Wilhuff Tarkin isn’t my very least-favorite character, that spot has always been for the real evil characters, the manipulators, who corrupt those who may have otherwise been decent people. But Tarkin has still always seemed kind of bland to me. Smarter than most Imperials, but still stone-faced, impeccably clothed, and well, kind of boring. Not to mention cruel. So the questions I had when I started it were: “Will this book help me see Tarkin as more of a complex character? Will understanding him make me dislike him any less?”
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This week, I delved deeper into Middle-earth history and lore, and read The Silmarillion. I have had this book since Easter, and had read a few chapters of it, but was distracted by other books, and a little intimidated by all the characters and places in it. And there are A LOT of characters. But I realized that even if I couldn’t name all of Fëanor’s sons, I could still enjoy the book, and learning the history that came before the tales of Bilbo and Frodo. In this post, I’m going to give some of my thoughts on it and give some introductions to the main characters.
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LIGHTPORTER, IDIA BOOK #2, IS OUT TODAY!!!
Now I know I’ve been doing a lot of not-Star Wars and not-Tolkien things on this blog lately, even though the reason this site exists is to share the love of those two fandoms with the world. But I do like to sometimes take a light break from Star Wars and Tolkien in related stories, and the IDIA books are definitely worth it. Besides, C. B. Cook, the author of this superhero series, is a huge fangirl, so it totally counts!!
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Obsessing over fictional characters is one of my favorite things to do. Their sacrifices and heroism inspire me, and their mistakes teach other lessons while making me love them more because I can often relate to their weak moments. I like analyzing why they make the choices they do in order to understand them better, which also helps me empathize with other people. Sometimes I can easily tell who is going to be my favorite character as soon as I see them, other times it takes a while for them to grow on me. But once I decide I love a character, it’s not often I change my mind. My list of favorite characters is very long, so in this post, I will be limiting it to a few of my favorites from the Star Wars universe. And these are in no particular order of favorites because it is very hard for me to rank characters, other than Leia, Han, and Luke who are usually my top favorites.
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It’s that time again, the time when Shay ventures beyond the edges of the known galaxy and the borders of the maps of Arda, and takes adventures into new lands unknown!
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A couple of years ago in my Advanced Writing class, I chose to write many of the assigned papers about things I knew the best and felt the most comfortable around. Obviously, this includes things related to my fandoms. I did a presentation on the place comic books had during World War II, a compare-contrast paper on the lives and works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and even a cause-effect paper on fandoms themselves. I also wrote this essay on something that I’m especially passionate about: the importance of fiction.
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It’s Summer! Which means more free time, and while that’s fun for a while, Summer can get a little boring after a few weeks. (Or is that just me?) In this post, I’m going to talk about the first book of one of my favorite book series: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, the first book in The Wingfeather Saga. I will be attempting to do this without spoilers, so you are safe to keep reading if you haven’t yet read these wonderful books.
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