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I have an idea for a series of posts about the prequels. I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with it. One of the most common complaints detractors tend to obsess over is the notion of clunky dialogue. I don't deny that badly-written lines can make the audience cringe, but honestly, "clunky" is fairly subjective. It's pretty much impossible to create a consensus of what constitutes well-written dialogue. And I'm not going to drive myself crazy with the apologist route. Star Wars has always had cheesy lines, from Luke's Tosche Station whine to Threepio's "Curse my metal body!" and many many more. For me, honestly, the cheesiness is part of its charm. Dialogue is generally just a means to an end for Lucas; writing the script is one of his least favorite parts of the process. He tells the story through visuals, through motion, through strategic editing, through the explosive kinetic quality of cinema.

And yet -- and yet -- Star Wars is still eminently quotable. Not every single line of dialogue, of course not. If every line was a scintillating display of wordplay, it would get fatiguing pretty darn fast. It's the occasional quote that stands out and becomes iconic. "May the Force be with you" "I find your lack of faith disturbing" as well as the more humorous ones like "Let the Wookiee win." The prequels are not an exception. And I'm going to celebrate my favorite lines, in chronological order from Episode I to Episode III, devoting a post to each one.
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Torso Fan!

Feb. 16th, 2017 12:04 pm
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Most fan behaviors fall one of two categories -- curative, meaning the gathering of collectibles and/or knowledge; and transformative, meaning the creation of fanworks. I lean more toward the artistic category, but that doesn't mean I've totally neglected the collecting side of things, particularly things that have a use beyond sitting in a display case.

So I love t-shirts. They're basically billboards for your torso, right? I mean, I guess you could wear plain undecorated shirts. That's okay too. But if you're looking for a visual way to convey your love of something, a t-shirt is the perfect medium. I've accumulated a bit of a collection over the years, and I'm going to devote a post to my favorites.
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Those who know I'm an avid Star Wars fan (and who doesn't know that?) might be inclined to ask me two questions lately: have I seen Rogue One yet, and isn't it sad about Carrie Fisher? The answer to the first is not yet, I'm not super-hyped about it but I'll get around to it eventually, primarily so I can see Mon Mothma and Bail Organa as played by the actors from the prequels. As for Carrie...well, I have thoughts, but let's get to them in a roundabout way.

A few weeks before Christmas, I got a letter from the hospital. We're always getting some sort of mail reminding us to get checkups or asking us to fill out a medical survey or other such things, so I opened it with little concern. The opening line of the letter informed me that my Ob/Gyn had recently died.
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Within the realm of fandoms, it's no coincidence that we use a term like "canon" to discuss which aspects of a story are acceptable or not. Those discussions all too often bear a marked resemblance to disputations of dogma among religious circles. Such fanaticism is, um, rather alarming for a mere fictional universe (and this is coming from a pretty strong fanatic) but I'll go along with the metaphor for a moment.

Within some factions of Star Wars fans, a mere liking of the prequels is considered heretical. Well, allow me to declare my full-blown heresy, because I'm not just a fan of the prequels, I'm a proud fan of Jar Jar Binks. GASP.

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Visage

Dec. 17th, 2016 04:30 pm
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(I've written this scene before, so I'm kind of plagiarizing myself, but consider this the expanded version. I just can't get enough of exploring Vader's inner thoughts.)
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For my next project (of course there's going to be a next one) I'm hoping to find a song that works for a Padmé-centric video. I'll have to give that some thought...
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Among the many spectacular creations of the Star Wars universe, lightsabers might just be the coolest. They showcase a near-perfect fusion of fantasy and science fiction aesthetics: classical sword-fighting turned futuristic. The concept is awesome, and the execution of it even better. The visual effects are so convincing we forget that it's really just a prop with the glowing look added in post-production. The sound design is pretty much flawless. And the fight choreography is, of course, spectacular.
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I've discussed both here and on my other blog how Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale. I've written a gender-swapped version of it. It's my favorite Disney animated film. I've explored and analyzed every angle of it. So how can it be, as advertisements for the upcoming live action remake flood the Internet, that my primary response is grumbling annoyance?
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The quality is meh, but it was the best I could manage with getting actual video clips. And oh, how this new hobby of mine is going to consume me. I've already made two others. (Guess which character they both feature? If you're guessing the same as this one, well, that wasn't too hard.) Maybe someday I'll find the courage to post something public instead of unlisted. :D
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This year, we decided on our costumes a little later than usual. We were honestly starting to panic that we wouldn't have enough time to put together anything very impressive. We have quite a reputation to live up to at this point. ;)
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Picking up right where I left off in Part 1, because I might as well keep going while the momentum's strong. :D Again, remember that the order is chronological, nothing more. Every scene serves a crucial purpose in the development of the story.
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After a rather aggressive defense of my favorite fictional relationship last time, I thought maybe I'd explore it in a more gushy, fluffy manner (well, as fluffy as a doomed romance can ever be) with the ever-popular format of making a list. We just love lists, don't we?
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With one week left before I reveal our 2016 Halloween costumes, it's time for one final batch of past costumes.
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It's time for another long, impassioned post wherein I expend tremendous mental energy in order to analyze a particular aspect of the Star Wars saga. Hooray!
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2014! If I can get in one more entry of this before Halloween, I'll be able to proceed at a nice leisurely pace of one post per year. ;)
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Well, two of the drawings, anyway. :D
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2013's costume choices arose from my discovery of this lovely website. A wide array of costuming ideas that don't devolve into the usual short-skirted, low-necklined, objectifying insults to all women everywhere? Hooray!
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