Geek Gal Out! These Are The Warrior Women Writers Behind Star Wars – Find Out Why They Love The Franchise!By Caroline Cao | October 19, 2018 | Beauty
Women writers have enriched the literary world of Star Wars canon. The 2018 New York Comic Con held ΓÇ£A Celebration of Female Writers in a Galaxy Far, Far AwayΓÇ¥ event. ThereΓÇÖs nothing like spending my Saturday listening to smart enthusiastic women talk about writing for the Star Wars canon, whether itΓÇÖs exploring the idiosyncrasies of underexplored heroines and villainesses or just writing about how Lando Calrissian rules.
The panel featured Mur Lafferty (Solo: A Star Wars Story); Katie Cook (Star Wars: Search Your Feelings); Justina Ireland (LandoΓÇÖs Luck); Amy Ratcliffe (Star Wars: Women of The Galaxy) and Delilah Dawson (Phasma). A lot of insight was shared!
There are heroines and there are villainesses. Delilah Dawson loved writing about Phasma because Phasma was a shameless, merciless monster who annihilated anyone who stood in the way of what she wants. Justina Ireland playfully replied,┬áΓÇ£SheΓÇÖs [PhasmaΓÇÖs] a CAREER-MINDED WOMAN.ΓÇ¥
Justina Ireland said that back then the Star Wars fandom was not her space. ΓÇ£I grew up in the ’70s and the ’80s and Star Wars was not a friendly fandom for a black girl. I liked the things I liked, but I was never going to go and join those spaces.ΓÇ¥ She noted the Internet aged helped let her know that there were other black fans who liked Star Wars and not just Lando Calrissian. ΓÇ£[Star Wars fandom] was something I could appreciate but could never be a part of until now.ΓÇ¥ Also, Ireland said she has┬áΓÇ£fan theories that would make you cry.ΓÇ¥
Katie Cook said she wore her nerd awkwardness with pride, while Amy Radcliffe ΓÇ£played out Star Wars fan fiction through RPG.ΓÇ¥
While the Solo novelization exacerbated the worse implications of L3ΓÇ▓s fate, for all the reasons stated by Kate Gardner, it seemed that Mur Lafferty indirectly acknowledged the backlash, though she couldnΓÇÖt say more likely due to spoilers. Lafferty mentioned that people saw┬áthe fate differently, and went, thatΓÇÖs fine. She herself asserted that she liked the┬áΓÇ£robots sacrificing things for other robotsΓÇ¥ trope and the appeal is understandable on a broad stroke.┬áWhile I still disagree with LaffertyΓÇÖs execution, I respect that LaffertyΓÇÖs conceptualization of L3ΓÇÖs sacrifice was her individual perspective.
Furthermore in the Solo novelization, Lafferty made a goal of fleshing out female characters, from Val, QiΓÇÖra, L3, to Enfys Nest. She was told once she┬áΓÇ£didnΓÇÖt flesh Tobias Beckett enoughΓÇ¥ and responded with,┬áΓÇ£Huh,ΓÇ¥ because it didnΓÇÖt occur to her that Beckett needed more to be said about him. Lafferty said she wrote more about Enfys Nest (because who wouldnΓÇÖt?) but was ordered to cut stuff out.
Everyone was asked if they were ΓÇ£PantsersΓÇ¥ or ΓÇ£Plotters.ΓÇ¥ Do they write by the seat of their pants? Or do they do extensive research? They were all pretty much Plotters when it comes to writing about the Star Wars canon. Dawson made an affectionate point that ΓÇ£We all write fan fiction. ItΓÇÖs just canonized and authorized.ΓÇ¥
Caroline Cao is a┬áscreenwriter, playwright, poet, and film critic studying for her Nonfiction MFA at the New School. She has contributed to┬áBirth Movies Death,┬áFilm School Rejects,┬áThe Mary Sue, Bitch, and┬áReverse Shot. Follow her on Twitter/Instagram: @maximinalist