Author and Star Wars Geek Extraordinaire, Becky Allen, talks with us about the trope of the hero’s journey. How does it help story telling, and how does it hurt? Why is it so important that Rey get’s to go on that journey?
Becky Allen is the author of Bound by Blood and Sand and the forthcoming sequel, Freed by Flame and Storm. She grew up outside Ithaca, New York, and graduated from Brandeis University with a major in American studies and a minor in journalism. She is the product manager for TheBody.com, an online HIV resource, and loves New York, brunch, and feminism.
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Rebecca Rose Vassey, who was recently a podcast guest on Chosen Ones, wrote a wonderful post about the death of Carrie Fisher that I wanted to share with you all. A great reminder of the power the actress and the character held for so many, and why she will be missed.
“Just got on to FB today to learn that we lost Carrie Fisher. I am heartbroken…I really hoped she might pull through. I couldn’t wait to see how her story continued to unfold in the next Star Wars movie. It really can’t be underestimated, the impact that she made as Princess Leia on girls of my generation. We had her and we had Wonder Woman. Society didn’t care about telling us that we could be brave and strong, independent and centered confidently in our own power. “Princesses” were the things that got pretty dresses and rescued by princes. But there was this little subversive ray of light as we grew up and Princess Leia showed us we could speak truth to power, we could participate in our own rescues, we could rescue others and lead rebellions and be spies and award medals and have stories that matter. Carrie Fisher brought that to life and made it iconic. And then, later, she was authentic and truthful about her many struggles with mental health and addiction. She was a fighter, a survivor, a woman still standing up to ageism and sizeism even as late as “The Force Awakens”. I am proud that her work helped shape me as a child, encouraged me to speak loud in a world that told me to shut up and be pretty. You will always be my princess, Carrie Fisher. May we all look up from time to time and see you shimmering blue-silver and nodding in wise encouragement. Rest in power and may the Force be with you.”
As Diva Darling, Rebecca Rose Vassy is a variety performer with an emphasis on nerdlesque. As a writer and blogger, she’s best known for pottymouth rants and absurdist humor. As a lifelong nerd and geek, she loves subverting tropes and overthinking pop culture. Join her shenanigans at divamojo.com, on Facebook as Diva Darling, or on Twitter at Diva_Mojo.