Lucasfilm and Target have paired up to create Share the Force, a new site that lets fans add theirs and see others. Mashable has a few celebrity selections, and some cute videos.
I’m a soulless, jaded fan who’s over this kind of thing (or at least rather sick of telling ‘my story’ – it’s just not that exciting,) but it’s a cute idea, and the instant sharing aspect is at least a step above previous efforts that simply vanished into Lucasfilm’s archives.
Also, that’s not a planet, Grandpa Space Gun, ranting about Simon Pegg the right way, Hannibal jokes, the Han solo movie, the most inevitable parade and Gary Fisher (twice.)
Burgers, cereal and broken things within, plus Ewan McGregor and Chuck Wendig’s ramblings on Aftermathier 2.
Yup, a little more board-clearing ahead of the big con. Hey, how about that Han Solo thing? Didja get all the fancasting out of your system? Please be sure you have all that fancasting out of your system, make sure your snark detector is in the upright and locked position, and… Go.
“Darth Vader” adopts part of Virginia highway. Bus driver Henry Wakley used the Vader name to get more attention for the Adopt-a-Highway program. (h/t Diane)
This week saw us through Father’s Day, the Rebels S2 premiere (spoilers, darling,) and perhaps the dumbest fake Rogue One rumor ever. All that and more under the cut.
I think we can all agree that Rian Johnson and Dave Filoni won Twitter this week. Below the cut, everyone else. Well, not everyone, I’m only one woman.
Since last time, we found out we’re going to SDCC (well, The Force Awakens is, clear your Friday) and the Star Wars comic dropped a crazy tidbit into a core character’s past that no one saw coming, though maybe we should have. Also! Homemade BB-8s! Pee jokes! All the usual bullshit!
Another news cycle, another silly Star Wars name! And of course, BB-8 is already causing trouble, we pondered how many Furiosas Andy Serkis is channeling, drafts are turned in, Elsa takes down a squad or two, and a lot about printers for some reason.
As far as venues for Star Wars fan fiction are concerned, the fan fiction area on TheForce.net’s Jedi Council message boards may very well be the oldest still-active fan fiction community on the internet.
They were also rather infamous for a well-known rule that precludes fanfic that features same-sex relationships. (Often called slash and/or femslash.) And now, it’s allowed. Writes moderator Grand Admiral Jello:
I can now announce that MS has decided that the lifting of the same-sex romance ban applies to canon and EU characters as well as original characters — it’s a full lift, in line with the existing PG-13 rules about opposite sex romances. I’m sure we’ll have something official-ish soon, but we thought you all should know ASAP so there’s no uncertainty that this is a full lifting of the ban.
The first announcement this morning left the status of slash with existing Star Wars characters unclear.
The Jedi Council boards have always had a rating restriction of PG-13 and under for fanfic.
Slash fanfic has been around in various fandoms since (at least!) the days of the original Star Trek. In Star Wars fandom, slash exploded when the popularity of Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan back in 1999 practically created a subfandom out of whole cloth – and LFL stayed hands-off. Slash has been a hot-button issue among fans ever since – and occasionally before. But as the times change, both in society and in fiction, good on the TFN owners and moderators for finally putting the ban where it belongs – in the past.