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Luke and Mara
Posted on Tuesday 29 May 2007 at 11:59 pm

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Family News

I'm at my grandparents still. Things are a bit crazy here because my grandmother is really not doing well. She is physically weak, is completely blind, and has had several strokes, possibly Alzheimer's or some type of dementia, etc., so she is generally confused and doesn't know where she is most of the time. It is very emotionally draining to try to deal with and I'm really afraid this may be the last time I see her. I hope I'm wrong.

General LJ/Fandom News

For those of you that might have missed it, fandom on LJ is in an uproar today. Apparently an internet vigilante group has decided to put pressure on LJ. In response to the pressure, LJ is permanently suspending any LJ member or community whose interests include illegal activities with the current targets being incest or pedophilia. Because LJ is deleting anyone with anything similar to that in the interests, several Harry Potter fanfic communities along with a community dedicated to reading Lolita and unconfirmed rumors/fears of support communities for survivors have been hit. Obviously there are various free speech issues and arguments of fiction versus reality being thrown around in the fandom, but so far LJ isn't taking any appeals. If you are reported for anything "illegal" in your interests, your account is gone. As of now they are just targeting interests and not content. Check your interests for anything illegal if you don't want your journal deleted.

Star Wars News

In the new Star Wars novel Sacrifice, the character of Mara Jade Skywalker was killed. She is the wife of Luke Skywalker and wasn't in the movies. For the Star Wars fandom as a whole, this would be a bit like killing Ginny while leaving the trio alive. For me personally, Luke and Mara were my primary ship with Han and Leia as secondary so it is sort of, but not quite, like killing Tonks and leaving Remus to cope. I knew something big was coming but avoided spoilers so I didn't know it was this and am in a bit of shock. This is big news for Star Wars fans.


drumher at 5:36 am on 30 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I know we've talked about my not being a fan of Mara before so you'll know I'm not especially bummed but I am surprised they killed her off. I haven't gotten the book yet so I'm guessing she's Jason's sacrifice? I honestly didn't think they'd let him kill his daughter or her mother and taking out any of the Trio would be too big of a series killer, so who does that leave? Pretty much just Mara. I don't see how Jason's going to make it back to the light after this. Luke's a forgiving kind of guy but killing his wife isn't the way to stay on his good side. I'm sorry they ruined your fav couple. :( I only hope we don't have to go through a similar situation when DH comes out.
bratty_jedi at 3:12 pm on 30 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I don't like the way some authors and some of fandom has treated Mara. The pro authors seem to want to make her into a domineering shrew and the fanfic ones want her to be sunshine, butterflies, and sugary smiles. Since neither of those are at all true to her original character, I've been getting increasingly frustrated over the years. If Luke comes out of this a stronger character, I'll probably be happy with the decision. If they make Luke fall to the Dark Side, I'm going to be pissed.
drumher at 3:44 pm on 30 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
It's not just Mara whose character has suffered at the hands of the profic writers. There have been so many WTF moments over the years not to mention an entire book of them (Courtship of Princess Leia). Having the story lines carried through books, comics, games and such which are written by people with different takes on the characters makes it easy to mess 'em up.

This certainly is going to have major repercussions for the Skywalker/Solo clan. I doubt Luke will go dark but is there redemption for Jacen at the end? Can there be?
lady_bracknell at 1:07 pm on 30 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear about your gran. Been there, too, and I'm thinking of you :).

Anything I can do, you just let me know, ok?
bratty_jedi at 3:09 pm on 30 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It's tough to take and Grandpa is so tired and distraught from trying to deal with it that he gets snippy and takes it out on Grandma, yelling at her for things she can't control which only makes it worse. Last night I actually yelled at him to be nice to her, not that I expect that to do any good because he is trying. He's just frustrated that there is nothing he can really do to help the woman he loves. It is all so draining.

Thanks for the offer of help. I'll be sure to let you know if I think of anything.
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