From the Blogside

In An American Mythology: Why Star Wars Still Matters Steven D. Greydanus looks at the mythic roots of the saga – and a few common criticisms.

Pablo finds an amusing letter in one of the old Marvel Comics…

Darth Morbus ponders religion and the force. Should we tell him about the folks who think they’re actual Jedi?

The Wookiee has no pants explores the use of religious metaphors in fandom.

Taxy’s adorable Pirates review doodle bring up Star Wars similarities. Beware spoilers!

Discussion: Beej wonders why people still make zines. I’ve been wondering that myself for years. Yeah, having fanfic in tangible form is nice, but that’s why Adobe gave us PDF format.

From the Blogside

Jedi Wampa’s treatise on the die hard fan. His State of the Fandom speech is a must-read for all Starwars.com blog regulars.

Sunnyskywalker is rereading Courtship of Princess Leia and taking notes. We salute your bravery, ma’am! Meanwhile, Gabri Jade analyzes Bantam whipping-book Children of the Jedi.

Snarky taglines for popular movies from The Jay.

Kenobi-fan rises to the challenge with entries on moonlighting mercenaries and dust cavities.

In the land of VIPs, Don Bies addresses the sale of ILM’s model unit and other fun and games, Aaron Allston is inducted into a gaming Hall of Fame, Pablo Hidalgo reviews Dead Man’s Chest, and Ryan Kaufman wonders if Luke would listen to Nirvana.

From the Blogside

Dan Wallace looks at how other universes maintain continuity, prompting Master Ki-Aaron-Mundi to consider personal continuity. Continuity continuity continuity. Is your head spinning yet?

Point/Counterpoint: Jedi Learner on why he won’t be buying the unaltered editions; Rive Caedo on why he will buy the unaltered editions. Good points from both sides of the fence.

Padmeskywalker77 channels Carrie Bradshaw to explore Padme, Anakin, and the blinding nature of love.

Diviner525 reimagines some tunes.

Pablo Hidalgo is tired of the quip. Possible mild spoilers for X-Men: The Last Stand.

From the Blogside

Dan Wallace considers species sterotyping in the GFFA with Gamorreans Drive Like This, but Gotals Drive Like This.

Pablo Hidalgo on the many faces behind Vader’s mask.

Rynne has some thoughts on alternate universe stories paralleling canon.

Lazypadawan on evil Star Wars characters and where Vader fits in.

Since it’s a slow week for the usual meta, let’s check out some of the various Livejournal communities:

This is actually from last year, but interesting nonetheless: At Popculture_sw, Kireina_michiru compiles a list of Star Wars references from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

And ot100, a fic community for original trilogy drabbles, has been relaunched.

From the Blogside

Dan Wallace asks how spacey should Star Wars get? Or, hot chocolate: exotic?

Padawanroo discusses the percieved inconsistency of costuming in the prequels verses the original trilogy.

Pabawan gets us in the holiday mood with a threepart (so far) series on bringing a gaint bunny into Star Wars continuty.

Sunnyskywalker finds unexpected parallels in Anakin and Han.

Imadra_blue has a very length series on Obi-Wan and Anakin. First, the plausibility of Anakin/Obi-Wan, then her perception of Anakin and Obi-Wan in canon and wrapping up with a lengthy look at Anakin’s many issues.

And this may be a especially ironic read for some CJers, but I wrote up a bit defining bashing and why it’s bad. Yes, even when KJA is involved. I guess everyone has to grow up sometime.

From the Blogside

Imadra_blue ponders fan fiction and fandom thinking and the two great loves of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s life. She also considers Anakin/Obi-Wan, canon, and believability, an issue Shoiryu has some thoughts on as well.

Pablo mocks the masses with 1977 Blog Titles. If you actually read blogs.starwars.com, this is hilarious. On a more serious note, annotations to week 3 of the Rookies webstrip. Paul joins in on the webstrip action with a update on Evasive Action #3.

Another interesting VIP blog: Dan Wallace on the never-published Clone Wars Sourcebook.

Rabidfangurl rants on fanfic and fandom. To which I say, hell yeah. Fangirl beatdown posse meets on Tuesday.

The Dark Moose considers Star Wars… with lawyers. Been there, done that.

Rive Caedo on returning to the roots of Star Wars. On a similar note, 101 Reasons Firefly is better than Star Wars! Funny because it’s true. Or not. Your choice.

Lazypadawan has a ‘fair and balanced’ review of Outbound Flight. It looks like she subscribes to the theory that every second Zahn character is a Mary Sue, but I found most of her points pretty on target. (I myself have harbored Suerific thoughts re: Thrawn and VOTF Mara, so to each their own.) EU fans may also be interested in Suzanne’s overview of the Dark Nest trilogy.

From the blogside

Imadra_blue rants on fandom perceptions of Anakin and Mace.

Lazypadawan isn’t fond of the theory that the Sith created Anakin.

Jaded_skys defends Padme, and Cadesama posted notes on the Padme/Anakin pairing.

An essay by Abel G. Peña is being published as part of an e-book.

Also on blogs.starwars.com, Paul ponders who else was being held on the Death Star’s detention level, Pablo calls out Fox News for not doing their homework and Bonnie finds Indiana Jones mash-ups.

I am indebted to the fine folks at Jedi News from linking to some of the Livejournal posts.

Review: Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels

It’s that wonderful time of the year when Lucasfilm’s licensees try to give us as much as possible to offer our friends and families to get us for the holidays.

The latest offering from the holiday collection is Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels, by our friends Stephen J. Sansweet and Pablo Hidalgo of Lucasfilm.

At a price tag of $150, this is probably an item for your more generous relatives. But it is certainly a fantastic book.

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