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Guest Post: Why Representation, Diversity, and Inclusion Matter To Me

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes fellow Fangirl Connie Shih as a guest blogger to talk about why representation, diversity and inclusion matters!

Take it away Connie!

Patty, thank you so much for the opportunity to write a guest today!

Why Representation, Diversity, and Inclusion Matter To Me: Having a Seat at the Table an editorial by Connie Shih

Representation, diversity, and inclusion have come to the forefront in recent years as hot topics in pop culture, fandom and society at large. They are multi-faceted, complex topics influenced by a number of factors including background, race and ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. Depending on one’s perspective, representation and diversity are either championed or derided as being too political.

In the pop culture realm, discussion and debate surrounding representation and diversity have intensified this summer with the record-breaking box office success of Wonder Woman, the announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th (and first female) Doctor in Doctor Who, the diverse cast of Star Trek: Discovery, and the debut of the new Star Wars: Forces of Destiny animated shorts (with accompanying Hasbro adventure figure merchandise). Although welcomed and embraced by many, there has also been vocal and considerable pushback by some who believe that the spotlight on representation and diversity has detracted from the love of THEIR TV show or film franchise. These detractors perceive that inclusion is used to gate keep entry into fandom and franchise, and believe that representation and diversity do not matter.

In this guest editorial, I would like to provide a counterpoint to the belief that representation and diversity do not matter by sharing my story and perspective as a 42-year-old Asian-American woman with cerebral palsy who has loved the science-fiction / fantasy genre for 34 years. My intent is not to change minds, but rather invite readers to step out their own perspectives for a moment and consider things from a different point of view.

Having a Seat at the Table
Growing up in the 1980s, my two primary science-fiction / fantasy staples were Star Trek and Star Wars. I was first introduced to Star Wars as an 8-year-old with Return of the Jedi and to Star Trek as an 11-year-old with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Those two films were my entry points into both these long running franchises and in both cases I became an instant fan. The United Federation of Planets and A Galaxy Far, Far, Away captivated me and I wanted to absorb everything about them. My favorite characters from each of these franchises, at the time, were Nyota Uhura and Hikaru Sulu from Star Trek, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker from Star Wars. I was drawn to them all because I saw a bit of myself in all four characters: Uhura (female linguist and communications officer), Sulu (Asian helmsman), Princess Leia (empowering, take charge princess), and Luke (hero with unwavering belief in his father). In each of these characters, I saw a trait that I could relate to, or someone who I aspired to be.

As the Star Trek franchise continued with TV series The Next Generation, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine, my favorite characters were Dr. Beverly Crusher, Geordi La Forge, Keiko O’Brien, and Harry Kim. Once again, I saw a bit of myself represented in each of them, especially with Geordi. I think it was the first time I saw a character with a disability (blindness) in Star Trek. It was incredibly inspiring for me to watch his progress from helmsman to chief engineer of the Enterprise. All of these characters represented my seat the table.

Does that mean I didn’t like or identify with other characters within these franchises? No, of course not. In the Star Trek franchise, I liked many different characters based on their traits and story. For example, I liked Dr. McCoy for his southern gentility, wit, and sarcasm just as much as I liked Guinan for her wisdom. Seeing representation on screen added additional layers of relatability and personal investment to the story and franchise. When I do not see myself represented, I feel like an outsider looking in to a certain extent. Recently, I was struck by a quote from Dr. Mae Jemison (lifelong Star Trek fan and NASA astronaut) to Nichelle Nichols at the recent Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. Jemison thanked Nichols for being an inspiration and went on to say “You gave me and others permission to be in the room.” Think about that for a moment. Seeing Uhura on TV gave Jemison permission to be in the room. I was incredibly moved by her comment because I felt the same seeing my aforementioned favorite characters on TV and on the big screen.

Dr. Mae Jemison and Nichelle Nichols Credit: Star Trek.com

Dr. Mae Jemison and Nichelle Nichols Credit: Star Trek.com

Bullied for Being a Fan
As much I loved Star Wars and Star Trek growing up, I mostly kept my love for Star Wars hidden from others until my mid-teens and early twenties. Why? Because I was bullied as a child (both verbally and physically) on more than one than occasion when attempting to share my love of this franchise with other kids. “You like Star Wars? You cripple. Don’t you know that Star Wars is for boys?” “Oh, you like Star Wars? Prove it. *proceeds with a litany of questions*” “Star Wars is for boys, not girls. You’re Chinese! Star Wars isn’t for you anyways. Go away!”

As a young girl, these questions stung like being swarmed by wasps. I cried myself to sleep several times. I just wanted to connect with other kids and didn’t understand why they were being so mean. My parents, bless them, tried to soothe me the best they could. They told me that I still had my imagination and the ability write and draw, so I should keep Star Wars to myself and have fun. I didn’t have Star Wars toys at the time, so I acted out scenes from Return the Jedi with my Barbie and Ken dolls, pretending they were Leia and Luke, respectively.

I also hid my love for Star Trek because there weren’t kids my age who liked it and I was already bullied for Star Wars, so why even ask? It was pointless and I did not want to be subjected to another round of heartbreak. It was not until several years later that I came out of hiding with Star Trek and Star Wars. One of my father’s work colleagues had a daughter ten years older than I. Despite our age difference, we had so many life circumstances in common including a love of Star Wars and Star Trek. I can’t tell you how genuinely happy I was to discover another girl who loved both of these franchises much as I did. The floodgates opened and we chatted for hours, talking nonstop about Luke, Leia, and Han and Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov. That was 30 years ago. We remain close friends to this day and still go to see Star Wars and Star Trek movies together. I consider her a science fiction / fantasy kindred spirit and I have her to thank for introducing me to other awesome franchises, such as Doctor Who, Babylon 5, and Stargate SG-1.

Being a Fan in the Present Day
Much has changed for the better over the past 30 years, especially for the Star Wars franchise. There are now also so many more entry points for fans of all ages to experience Star Wars across multiple mediums (film, animated series, books, comics, video games, virtual reality, and theme parks). Along those lines, I have to say it has been fantastic to witness the number of diverse characters grow exponentially, particularly with female characters. Star Wars now includes Padmé Amidala, Shmi Skywalker Lars, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Maz Kanata, Satine Kryze, Bo Katan, Steela Gerrera, Korr Sella, Greer Sonnel, Hera Syndulla, Asajj Ventress, Sabine Wren, Ursa Wren, Norra Wexley, Shara Bey, Jyn Erso, Lyra Erso, the Nightsisters, Captain Phasma, Mother Talzin, Dr. Aphra, Ciena Ree, Rae Slone, Arihnda Pryce, Iden Versio, Rose Tico, Amilyn Holdo, and Kordi Freemaker. While their stories have been told (or will be told) in varying degrees, each of these female characters have been introduced in a medium. To say that I am thrilled is an understatement. In addition to female characters, there have been recent attempts to ethnically diversify with Finn, Poe Dameron, Saw Gerrera, Bodhi Rook, Cassian Andor, Baze Malbus, and Chirrut Îmwe. Of these characters, as a disabled Asian American, I connected to Chirrut Îmwe the most because it was refreshing to see an Asian character who wasn’t stereotypically portrayed as a villain and also overcame his blindness. There are now so many more seats at the table and I hope the trend continues because the galaxy is vast with infinite possibilities to tell stories from different perspectives.

As geekdom has become mainstream, it is easier for female fans to openly embrace their love of the science fiction / fantasy genre. While bullying and discrimination still exist, we no longer have to hide in shadows. I’m delighted there are companies and online communities such as Ashley Eckstein’s Her Universe (geek fashion) and Jamie Broadnax’s Black Girls Nerds that are thriving because they create spaces where all female fans can connect, step into the spotlight and be proud of their inner geek / nerd. There is also much more merchandise available for fans of all ages to purchase and enjoy. Collectibles, toys and games, action and adventure figures, kitchenware, bedding – all come branded with one’s favorite franchise. While the merchandise was prevalent when I was a kid, it is everywhere now. It’s a wonderful time to be a fan!

Into the Future
The futures of both Star Trek and Star Wars are bright with exciting, each with new projects on the horizon. In addition, both recently celebrated milestone anniversaries with Star Trek turning 50 last year, and Star Wars turning 40 this year. I consider both to be legacy franchises as the love for them has been generational. At the same time, we have started to see both (particularly Star Wars) evolve to reflect the society and times they reside in. As author John Knowles said, “Everything has to evolve or else it perishes.” I view representation, diversity, and inclusion (both on screen and off screen) as integral to this evolution, and believe that these three will help both Star Trek and Star Wars continue to stand the test of time. They have the potential to the present new stories to keep things fresh while still retaining the core characteristics of what makes the respective franchises appealing. Potential is the keyword because I acknowledge that representation, diversity, and inclusion alone cannot exist in a vacuum. Ideally, they should be coupled with quality storytelling that resonate with the audience and fans. This is something that the entertainment industry as a whole is currently struggling with, and is subject that is worth exploring in a separate article. Overall, representation, diversity, and inclusion DO matter to me because I believe that everyone has a voice, has the right to be in the room, and has a seat at the table.

If you have read this far, I want thank EACH of you for allowing me to share my personal perspective of why representation, diversity, and inclusion matter. I welcome all perspectives and the chance to dialogue with fellow fans. If you would like to reach out, please feel free to reach me at my twitter handle @connieshih. Live Long and Prosper and May the Force Be With You!

Some items of interest for further reading, listening, and viewing:
• Listen: Beltway Banthas podcast: Episode #36: Race, Representation, and Reconciliation
• Watch: Dave Filoni Speaks at the National Center for Women & Information Technology
• Read: Netflix Talks Diversity and Representation With #FirstTimeISawMe
• Read: Are We as Inclusive As We Believe We Are in Fan Culture?
• Read: Dear Hollywood: Five lessons we hope you learned from the success of ‘Wonder Woman’
• Read: Diversity in Movies Largely Unchanged Despite Increased Awareness, Study Finds

Connie Shih is a graduate student and teacher who loves astronomy and music, is an avid reader, and is a science fiction / fantasy nerd who loves Star Wars and Star Trek. She can be reached at her twitter handle @connieshih.

The Freemaker Adventures Continues Today

The Freemaker Adventures Continues Today!

The Freemaker Family: Zander, Rowan and Kordi

The Freemaker Family: Zander, Rowan and Kordi

I am a big fan of the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures and I am really excited that the first episodes of season two, “A New Home” and “Trouble on Tibalt” air today starting at 10:30AM EST on DisneyXD!  I cannot wait to see what new adventures the Freemaker Family gets into next! 

As you can see, I have already set my DVR thanks to the Xfinity App!

As you can see, I have already set my DVR thanks to the Xfinity App!

Are you a fan of The Freemaker Adventures

Are you looking forward to Season 2 as much as I am?

Memories of Seeing Star Wars in 1977: Additional Stories


Note: This article is a supplement to my article Memories of Seeing Star Wars, on StarWars.com that is part of the week long Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration. Unfortunately, I could not include everyone that provided me with their story for the StarWars.com article. Therefore, this article provides some of these additional stories. I really want to thank everyone who provided me with their stories of seeing Star Wars in 1977!


Memories of Seeing Star Wars in 1977: Additional Stories

Today is the 40th Anniversary of when Star Wars, now known as Star Wars: A New Hope, was first released in theaters on May 25, 1977. To mark this anniversary, I asked fans from around the world what their memories of watching this film as it was released in 1977. The purpose of collecting these stories is to not only reminisce about all these experiences, but to also give those who were not around in 1977 an idea of how monumental this film was when it was first released. I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I did!

Pauline Baird Jones recalls that she was a thousand (okay six) months pregnant when the film came out.  It was not until the end of the 1977, after the birth of her daughter, that she saw the film with her husband and her daughter, who slept in a carrier on the floor through the whole thing because they didn’t know anyone who could babysit.

Carol Van Natta was staying with generous friends because she just had out-patient surgery the day before and wasn’t supposed to be alone for the weekend. Carol wasn’t supposed to stand or walk more than 5 minutes at a time. As the Best Surprise Ever, her friends stood in line for four hours, then bundled her into their car to see Star Wars.

They drove me to the front of the theater right before the doors opened. They hustled me in like I was a visiting VIP. I will always associate that movie with the love and kindness of friends.

Jayne Fury was a freshman in high school. She went with her best friend to see the first showing of Star Wars. There were lines then, but nothing like the ones that followed. Jayne gobbled every magazine that covered the movie and saw the movie 13 times in it’s first run.

Catherine Cerveny was 5 years old when she first saw Star Wars in 1977 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Her dad wanted to see it and took both herself and her brother, who was 3, to the local drive-in theater.

Imagine being only 5 and seeing Star Wars for the first time. Needless to say that movie defined my love of the science fiction genre for the rest of my life.

SciFi Romance author Terry Roy was 17 and a college freshman in New Jersey where she lived at the time. Her brother took her to see it after he’d already seen it three times. 😀 Terry grew up reading mostly HIS books of SciFi and Fantasy and if not for him would have never gotten into the genre let alone see Star Wars in the theaters in 1977.

Podcaster Michael Ehmcke saw Star Wars at a Double feature at a drive in theater in SW Kentucky. Star Wars was both the first and the second movie that night. Michael recalls that his brother fell asleep during the second viewing.  However, he was so fascinated that he had to stay and watch it again!

Garrett Sessions saw Star Wars at the movie theater near LSU in Baton Rouge, LA.

I have more impressions than memories of what the inside of the theater looked like, but it was a huge room (to a five year old) with lights in the ceiling and red wallpaper. Then my mind was blown: the music, the adventure, the aliens and especially the lightsabers all left a powerful impression.

Sarah Cole saw it, somewhat reluctantly, with her father and younger brother. However, this changed when the trumpet blast shifted space and time to a galaxy far, far away that felt just like coming home. 


Patrick Izzio was 2 in 1977 and it is probably the earliest memory that he has.

My life was forever changed that day and now my son saw it when he was 6 so the tradition and the lifestyle is being passed on.

Bill Madia was 13 years old and was dropped off at the theater to see Star Wars with both his brother and two brothers from a family friend.

We even brought our own popcorn! (Back then, you could do that!) We got our seats down in the fourth row right in the center. No one was in front of us. This was in the suburbs of Chicago back int the late ’70’s which weren’t as populated as they are now so the crowd wasn’t capacity yet. Anyway, the rows in front of us were empty until a couple kids younger than us went to sit in those rows. My brother was the oldest, 14, so he said that those seats were reserved. “Really?” the kids said. “Yeah, a group of film critics are coming in,” is what we told them. Aaahh, to be a kid again! They found seats behind us and we had an unobstructed view of the entire film!!! Like I said, at the time, in the ‘burbs, word of mouth hadn’t hit yet about the film, so it wasn’t a packed house that day. Every viewing after that, however…. Oh, well. That’s my little story.

Kai Charles saw Star Wars a few days before her birthday in ’77.

It changed my life. For the rest of the summer I walked their weekly to see it. Many times alone since my friends got sick of it after the third time. I’m convinced that watching the Death Star explode over and over while sitting front row center is why I needed glasses the following Fall! It was so worth it!

David Manderville recalls seeing Star Wars with his Dad…

My dad took me to McDonalds before we went to the movie…it’s in the same strip plaza as the theater (still is, and the theater is still there). We ate and I RAN to the theater (I had to wait for him to get there to get the tickets). There were only a few people in line…there was no big premiere (no one knew how big this would be)….when the movie started, I think the theater was only about half full.

Cue the lights and the movie started….we read the crawl and settled in for the movie.

And when the star destroyer flew overhead and filled that theater with stereo speaker rumbles, I turned to my dad and said….

“This is going to be good”.

I’ve been a fan ever since.

Mark Marquis was 7 in 1977 and his Father took him to the Cobb Cinema on Greensprings Hwy in Birmingham, AL. Mark remininces about what he felt after watching Star Wars for fhe first time…

It’s amusing to think about now, but the scenes that are the most vivid in my memory were the ones which included (what a 7 year old might consider to be) dark or grisly elements: Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru’s fate, Ponda Boba’s arm on the floor of the cantina. Vader’s interrogation droid. For a child who had only watched G-rated Disney movies and was raised in a strict, sheltered religious home, Star Wars seemed like adult entertainment.

Finally, my husband, Michael Hammond, recalls that his Mom took him out of school, it WAS a school day, and said that it was because they had to go somewhere. She did not tell Michael where he was going. He thought it was a Doctor’s appointment. However, they took a bus to a theater just outside of Detroit, where Star Wars was playing. He was very surprised that his Mom not only remembered that he really wanted to see the film, but took him out of school to see it! Michael’s reaction to seeing the film is summed up as:

I was in shock and awe before, during and after. I am surprised that we are still talking about this amazing film 40 years later!

Poster for Star Wars

Everyday Fangirl Asks: First Star Wars Collectible

First Star Wars Collectible

May 25th marks the 40th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars and of course the beginning of the Star Wars merchandising revolution.

I asked my friends in the various Facebook Groups I belong to what was their first Star Wars Collectible.
Pippa Jay
I bought a Battle Damage X-wing with birthday money. Unfortunately my sister broke it by slamming it against a door. I hung onto it for 20 years before accepting I’d never be able to fix it. Items I’ve owned the longest – an intact B-wing and a slightly damaged Y-wing (though I still have the often missing missile) which I’ve had for 30 years.

Cynthia Sax
I bought an R2D2 action figure after the first Star Wars released. We were very poor. We didn’t eat every day. (Yes, in North America, that still happens.) So it was a huge investment for me and one my parents didn’t approve of. All five of my siblings played with that R2D2 also. We loved that action figure into nothing. I move quite a bit and don’t currently have any Star Wars merchandise.

Laurie A. Green
Over 20 years ago, I bought a huge framed poster for my office wall that says “Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned from Star Wars.” It features artwork of the original cast along with some of the timeless wisdom that’s often been an inspiration to me when I needed it most: “Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try,” “Anger, fear and aggression lead to the dark side,” and “In seeking your destiny, patience is your ally.” A lot of decor has come and gone from my office walls over the years, but this poster still remains.

Jean Walker
A Star Wars bath towel, with the artwork from the movie poster. We still have it, although it’s VERY threadbare and we never use it any more.

Athena Grayson
My Star Wars Sheets that we got in the late 70’s(?) I remember having them on my bunk bed, and we got rid of that when I was 7 or 8 and almost fell out a window when I fell out of bed (which I apparently did a lot as a kid…which explains some things… To this day, I am still a flailer).
My mom and dad threw out all the Kenner stuff. To this day, the entire family is kicking ourselves over it.

Lindsay Buroker
I bought just about all of the books when they started coming out. I don’t think I’ve ever bought any toys or anything like that.

Pauline Baird Jones
Yeah, the Timonty Zahn books remain favs of mine in the SW universe.

Melissa Aires
When my kids were preschoolers I was SAHM with a limited budget for books. We went to many yard sales and at one I picked up a whole box of Star Wars paperbacks. I read them then mailed them to my brothers up in Montana–my oldest brother still has them, along with his huge scifi paperback collection..

Chris Wescott
An R2-D2 cookie jar and I still have it, but after I saw the price they’re asking for one on e-bay, I might be tempted to sell it.

Lynn Watson Smith
Jedi Master’s Quiz Book when I was a probably around 16 years old. I still have it decades later.

Andrea Cardinalle Vetter
Ok, I am showing my age, but I purchased the movie when it first came out on VHS. Oh, and the comic books that came out every week at the local grocery store.

Darlene Reilley
An R2D2 alarm clock. No, I sold it for five times the cost. The longest owned Star Wars item is a pair of earrings crafted by a friend. I’ve had them for twenty years and they aren’t going anywhere.

Jayne Fury
When New Hope came out (in the1970s) I was in the lines that first day and I purchased the playbill in the theatre lobby. I had it up until a few years ago when it got lost in a move. It had movie stills, design sketches, and cast and director bios. I hauled that thing around with me for thirty years or so until it was lost :/

From The Cantina Cast

Tom Burke
It’s horrible to say but I remember quite well going to this local toy store, in 1980, with my two other 9 year old friends and while 2 caused a disturbance in another aisle, one would use pocket knife to separate clamshell from cardboard and then pocket a few SW figures under this method. This may have occurred a few times over that summer

Honestly I think the first thing I bought with my own $ was a simple black hat with the SW Logo on it from Suncoast Video (remember those in the mall?) like the one worn by C Thomas Howell in ‘Red Dawn’

One of my oldest & favorite pieces is the program my father got me at the theater in 1977. My brother in law gave me 35mm film reel for trailer of ‘The Phantom Menace’ and poster from the lobby (from theater he worked at) and of course my original glasses from Burger King

Andy Leavy
I bought a Lightning McQueen Toy Car that was made to look like Rebel Pilot Luke

Eric Gijsbertus Onkenhout
I remember my first ever Star Wars figure was a Stormtrooper that I still have. Then as an adult I remember raiding Toys R Us in 1995 for POTF2 figures.

Joao Stinson
Honestly the first Star Wars thing I ever owned was probably the Pepsi product cans in 1999. Then I got a Darth Maul poster sometime after that. Remember, your co-host of the Cantina Cast didn’t actually watch the films until the release in 1997, as I was born in 1982, it kind of was just past my childhood, so I got in late.

Paul DePaola
I only have one of my vintage figures and it’s my favorite. It’s the vintage Anakin Skywalker ghost mail-away figure. It constantly reminds me of all the larger meanings behind the saga.

At Star Wars Celebration We Are Family

At Star Wars Celebration We Are Family

Part of my Star Wars Family waiting in line for 501st goodie bags picture by Kevin M. Reitzel

Part of my Star Wars Family waiting in line for 501st goodie bags picture by Kevin M. Reitzel


Many of those that attended Star Wars Celebration Orlando were all about getting autographs from Star Wars celebrities, like Mark Hamill or Hayden Christensen, watching the latest Star Wars trailers with thousands of fellow fans or buying exclusive Star Wars merchandise for their collections. However, for me, the goal for this Star Wars Celebration was to meet and hang out with my friends in the Star Wars Fan Community, who I met via social media. I am happy report that I not only met this goal was met, but well exceeded my expectations! I felt that each one treated me like a member of their family, one big happy Star Wars Family!

My Many Encounters

Just a few of the many friends I encountered throughout the event

Just a few of the many friends I encountered throughout the event

I knew that as an active member of the Star Wars community, I had a small following. However, I did not realize that so many would recognize me among the sea of people at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. I was very surprised at how people many shouted my name while I was walking around and wanted to meet me. I am very humbled by all this attention and I really appreciate every single one who stopped and talked with me! It was a real honor to encounter each and every one of you!

Fellow Star Wars Fangirls

Fangirls happy about cupcakes from left to right: Patty Hammond, Margot Mays and Melissa Villy

Fangirls happy about cupcakes from left to right: Patty Hammond, Margot Mays and Melissa Villy

At this Star Wars Celebration, I was able to meet many of the Fangirls in the Star Wars community that I have been wanting to meet in person. Many of these Fangirl encounters were unplanned and unexpected, but made my Star Wars Celebration Orlando experience so much better! Because of these unexpected, unplanned encounters we got got to hang out and Fangirl flail over all the things we just did or saw on the convention floor.
John Boyega on his way to the Star Wars Show Live Stage

John Boyega on his way to the Star Wars Show Live Stage

One of those Fangirl Flail moments was when John Boyega walked by four of us Fangirls while we were just standing around talking behind the Star Wars Show Live Stage. There was much love and many Fangirl flails from all these encounters, especially when many of attended the Fangirls Going Rogue Podcast Panel.  Thanks to all my fellow Fangirls! I really appreciate each and every one of you as Sisters in The Force! 

Families in The Force

Skywalking Through Neverland meet up at EPCOT picture by Brian Sims

Skywalking Through Neverland meet up at EPCOT picture by Brian Sims


Star Wars Celebration Orlando not only gave me many opportunities to meet, in person, many of those I met via social media, but I was able to spend time with them as well. I would not be the person I am today without all the people I have met and interacted with on social media. Each person I encountered really made me feel that I was indeed part of their family, a big, happy and supporting family! Thank you to everyone I met and interacted with at Star Wars Celebration Orlando and for confirming that we are all one big Star Wars family!
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Patty Hammond, Pattybones2, is the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan. You can find her on Twitter @PattyBones2 or blogging at everydayfangirl.com, TheFutureofTheForce.com, TheCantinaCast.com or TheBeardedTrio.com talking about Star Wars and much more!

Agony and Excitement at SWCO

Agony and Excitement at SWCO

Well I have experienced two days of Star Wars Celebration Orlando.  For me this experience has been both frustrating and exciting.

The Agony: Lines

At any convention you expect lots of lines, but Day One of the Star Wars Celebration Orlando is the worst I have ever experienced.

EverydayFangirl waiting in line to get in the doors

EverydayFangirl waiting in line to get in the doors

My husband and I arrived to the convention center on Day One at just after 5:45AM. Due to the organizers having a single entry point into the Convention Center, the line to just get in through security was over 1 hour and 45 minutes and those that arrived later, experienced much longer wait than we did.

Many of us were waiting in the woods just before dawn

Many of us were waiting in the woods just before dawn

Even when we finally got into the event, there were lines everywhere, even the vending machines had a line.

Want line for vending machine

Want line for vending machine

Fortunately, ReedPOP was able to correct some of these long line experiences very quickly.  Day Two went smoother with less lines getting in due to having multiple entry points.

The Excitement: Seeing and Meeting Social Media Friends

Despite all the lines, my favorite moments of the event so far is meeting and hanging out with friends who I only knew through social media.  This is one of the reasons that going to an event like this is worth all the agony that might be encountered.

Just a few of my exciting encounters with Social Media friends

Just a few of my exciting encounters with Social Media friends

 

I am looking forward to the next two days and find out what adventures and of course, the people I will discover while wandering around Star Wars Celebration.

I will be continuing to post my adventures here and of course via Twitter @PattyBones2.
Are you at Star Wars Celebration Orlando?

What adventures have you experienced?

Foods in Star Wars with Significance

Foods in Star Wars with Significance

Consuming food is the basic foundation of life, but within the Star Wars Universe, some of them can have greater significance than just providing substance. Some can either further our understanding of characters, while wome further the plot in some way. A few of the foods that have significance for one reason or another in the Star Wars Saga are…

Gorgs

Jar Jar snagging food from a vendor in The Phantom Menace credit Lucasfilm

Jar Jar snagging food from a vendor in The Phantom Menace credit Lucasfilm

Description: An amphibious animal consumed by Hutts, Dugs and Gungans
Appearance: The Phantom Menace
Significance: When Jar Jar snags a Gorg using his long tongue from a vendor in Mos Espa on Tatooine, he accidentally hits a Dug, with it. The Dug he hits with this delicacy is Sebolba who is Anakin Skywalker’s competitor in the sport of pod racing. The introduction of Sebolba is important in understanding what obstacles Anakin has to face in winning the Podrace, which is necessary for the ship repairs and in gaining his freedom from slavery.

Jogan fruits


Description: Round mostly round fruit with white stripes that can be found on Lothal and other planets
Appearance: Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Premiere Episode, Spark of Rebellion
Significance: Just before Ezra Bridger met the crew of The Ghost, a merchant selling Jorgan fruit was having a confrontation with Imperial officers. This confrontation led the Imperials to call for this merchant’s arrest for treason. Ezra quickly went to help this merchant by making these Imperials think there was an emergency elsewhere in the city. After these officiers left the area, Ezra helped this merchant pick up the Jorgan Fruit that fell to the ground during the confrontation. However, he takes some of the Jorgan fruit without permision. This scene with the Jorgan fruit, gives us a better understanding of Ezra’s character as quick thinking thief, who is willing to help when he can.

Field Rations

Ration Pack from The Force Awakens Visual Guide credit DK Books/Lucasfilm

Ration Pack from The Force Awakens Visual Guide credit DK Books/Lucasfilm

Description: Ready-to-eat food that has little or no prep-time consumed by military (Republic, Imperial, Rebel Alliance) personnel
Appearance: The Force Awakens
Significance: In The Force Awakens, Imperial rations are used as currency on the planet Jakku for items that are salvaged from crashed ships. When Unkar Plutt offers Rey 60 of these ration portions for BB-8, she refuses to sell the droid.  This shows that Rey’s friendship with BB-8 is more important to her than what she was offered.

Meilooruns

Ezra defends himself against a Storm Trooper with fruit

Ezra defends himself against a Storm Trooper with fruit credit StarWars.com

Description: A type of orange fruit melon that is sold on Lothal and consumed by many including Imperial forces
Appearance: Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Episode, Fighter Flight
Significance: A simple assignment to obtain some of this fruit for Hera turns into an adventure where Zeb and Ezra obtain a Tie Fighter. This Tie Fighter was then used as part of the plan to a rescue Kanan Jarrus from Imperial custody.

Rootleaf Stew


Description: A stew made of root leaves found on Dagobah
Appearance: The Empire Strikes Back
Significance: This stew is the ‘Good Food’ that Yoda offers Luke when he first encounters him on Dagobah. This is significant because it is when Luke is eating this repast that he discovers that the crazy creature that offered to help him find the Jedi Master, Yoda, is actually the one he was seeking.

So do you agree with me that these foods have significance within the Star Wars Saga?

Do you have any other examples that I missed?

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Patty Hammond (@pattyBones2) is the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan who has a disguise as a mild mannered data analyst. Patty is very active in the Star Wars community. You can find her posting about Star Wars and much more on her blog EverydayFangirl.com, TheCantinaCast.com, FutureofTheForce.com, TheBeardedTrio.com, and of course on Twitter @Pattybones2.

Review of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine 

Review of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine

As a Gold member of Disney’s D23 Fan Club, I receive the quarterly publication, D23 Magazine. The recent edition just arrived and I decided it is time to share with my blog readers, who may not be aware that this magazine exists or what kind of content is available within it, my thoughts about this issue and what I found within it.

Without further delay, below is my review of the Winter 2016 issue

Front (top) and Back (bottom) Covers of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine

Front (top) and Back (bottom) Covers of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine

Front and Back Covers 

As you can see both covers are Star Wars themed and feature characters from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. On the front cover it shows the Main character of Rogue One, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, with Imperial Storm Troopers coming out of the water. The back cover shows the one of the geatest villians of all time, Darth Vader, as he is looking away from the viewer. As a Star Wars fan and a fangirl anticipating this new film in the franchise, these two covers just increased by desire to read this issue.

Quote from Actress Felicity Jones about making Rogue One

Quote from Actress Felicity Jones about making Rogue One

Content about Rogue One 

Of course, this issue inclues two articles related to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…The first is an article that gives readers “…a glimpse into the making of the film, which is centered on a group of rebels determined to steal the plans for the menacing Death Star.”* The article includes conversations with Felicity Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, and Director Gareth Edwards. *decription from Winter 2016 issue web page.

Alan Turak Interview

Alan Turak Interview

The second article related to Rogue One is an interview with Actor Alan Tudak, who plays and voices K-2S0 in Rogue One. The article touches on his work in Rogue One and many of the other work he has done for Disney Animation Studios. 

More Content Found Within

Of course, there are more articles in this issue than those related to Rogue One. Other Content of interest included are…

Other content of interest in Winter 2016 issue

Other content of interest in Winter 2016 issue

    An article focusing on the character of Daisy Duck.
    An article about creating theme park maps. (The artwork of the Fantasyland may included in the article is just awe inspiring)
    An article with the actress behind the newest Disney Animated film, Moana
    An article about the Enchanted Tiki Room Marvel Comic series (I somehow missed that this one was coming out.)
    An article on the life and work of Walt Disney through photos of Walt Disney and his family.
    An article about the Iron Man Stark Industries Expo attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland (Iron Man is not my favorite Marvel Super Hero. Where is the Thor or Black Widow attraction?)
    An article about little known Disney characters. (I have to admit I did not know any of these characters.)
    An article about the Disney Wonder and a page that contains Disney Cruise facts (The data analyst in me loves these!).

 
Overall, some very interesting articles to read in this issue. If you are not a member, like I am, you may want to become one just to receive this quarterly publication full of Disney goodness.

So are you a D23 member?
If not, would you become a member just to get access to this issue?
Did you like the Winter 2016 issue?

Favorite Love Stories

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I am sharing some of my favorite love stories.


Leia’s and Han’s love story in Star Wars.
The romance between Leia and Han in this story influenced me to seek out more stories like this and began my love of reading romance stories.


Lisa’s and Rick’s love story in Robotech
This love story between Lisa and Rick shows how love can bloom and mature over time. You can watch these two fall in love, but you can see them get married and, in the comics and novels, see how they handle married life along with their adult responsibilities as commanders in times of war and peace.


Usagi’s and Mamoru’s love story in Sailor Moon
This is a love story that spans multiple lifetimes, through multiple enemies, through multiple separations and through their obvious differences.


Cordiella’s and Aral’s love story in the Vorkosigan Saga
This is another love story born during a time of war and matures over time, especially seeing their love continue through the eyes of those around them.


River Song’s and The Doctor’s love story in Doctor Who
This is a love story that is indeed out of time and space. This love story is so complicated and so confusing at times that it hard to know at which point you are within the story. However, though it all you can see how much love there is between these two characters once everything is put together.


Kaoru’s and Kenshin’s love story in Rurouni Kenshin
This is a love story that shows that love can be found despite all your past sins and no matter how many trials and tribulations come their way.

The Force Awakens Questions


December 18, 2015 saw the offical release of Star Wars The Force Awakens. I, like many fans, had questions going into the film based on what had been revealed through the trailers, posters, commercials and other promotional materials. Below are some of these questions and my thoughts on what was revealed when I watched this film

Warning: May contain light spoilers, but trust me, nothing major, yet….

Who are all these new characters and what is their role in the Star Wars saga?

This has been a big question since the names were revealed through the trading cards, especially Rey and Finn, who did not have last names. The Force Awakens reveals a bit about who each of these characters are, but does this, for me, in an unexpected, but satisfying way. This film also leaves room to reveal more about their pasts and of course their role in the entire Star Wars saga. I will need to watch the movie again, a few more times, before I dive deep into each of these characters.

Where is Luke?

Ever since the release of the official posters, there were many, like me, that asked this question. I thought that this was a marketing decision on Lucasfilm’s or Disney’s part to increase the hype. However, this is actually a plot point in the movie that carries all the characters in the story forward.

What is a Snoke?

This is the question asked by my friends at Fangirls Going Rogue.  Supreme Commander Snoke, Leader of The First Order, can be seen and heard during the film, but I really do not believe we get enough about who or what this character really is. Hopefully, Star Wars Episode VIII will reveal more.

What happened to Han and Leia after Return of The Jedi?

When I heard confirmation that these characters were to appear in the film, this is one of the biggest questions I had. I like many others believe they lived ‘happily ever after’ after the Battle of Endor. The Force Awakens not only shows us what happened to them, but it is for me, one of the most emotional arcs of the entire film.

What were your questions going into the film?

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