A Club Jade Poll

I polled a number of CJers on the releases of 2005 and here are the results:

Best Movie
Revenge of the Sith came out on top with 45.5% of the vote. Serenity made a strong show for second place with 40.9%, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was third with 27.3%.

Best Fan Parody
No surprise here: it was the Star Wars Trilogy: Musical Edition that captured the majority vote with 61.9%. In second place, the comic I <3th Darth.

Best Star Wars Fiction
Matt Stover’s Revenge of the Sith novelization was the clear winner with 81.0%.

Best SW nonfiction/reference
With 66.7%, Dressing a Galaxy was our favorite non-fiction publication.

Best genre TV
I admit I slipped up here, forgetting to include at least two shows (Stargate and Stargate:Atlantis) so the majority vote was a tie between Battlestar Galactica and ‘Other’. D’oh.

This completely unscientific poll is still open for members.

Links to (get) chew(ie) on

Club Jade’s own Bad Methodist explores the personal, political, and spiritual fall of Anakin Skywalker.

In the press, USA Today goes to Lucasfilm for answers to some of the questions raised by Revenge of the Sith, while The Christian Science Monitor profiles Charles Ross and The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy.

There’s a new daily newsletter for the ever-expanding Star Wars fandom on Livejournal. Jedi News is a daily roundup of icons, fanfic, essays, and other links of interest in much the same vein as the Harry Potter fandom’s Daily Snitch.

SF Site reviews The Dharma of Star Wars, but says that the Star Wars content is slim. On a similar note, Star Wars And Philosophy gets a much better review over at Saga Journal.

Confessions of a fangirl

Our own Susan has an article about being a female fan. Plenty of CJer quotes and references. Witness:

If I told the truth, I reasoned, people would think I was crazy. When I did tell, I’d have to endure a bemused, somewhat patronizing reaction. Eyebrows are raised. Weird glances follow. Since I started this story, my coworkers take joy in making fun of me.

What’s interesting, of course, is that other, equally bizarre hobbies are considered legitimate. As my friend Shelba put it, “I don’t understand why it is OK that people who paint their faces blue, or red, or green polka dots to cheer on a sports team are just enthusiastic, but we’re weird.”

Golfers play all weekend and decorate their house with golf-themed pillows. There are avid genealogists and Civil War buffs, birdwatchers and Phish fans. But say you’re into Star Wars, and people think you are out of touch with reality.

Read it you will!

ETA: Susan’s article gets linked at TFN for the masses! Awesome!