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June 14th, 2005
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Date:June 14th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
I was contemplating a "Star Wars"-a-thon soon, and I was thinking that it made sense somehow to watch them in the order 4-6, 1-3, so it's nice that's borne out by your viewing. I agree with your observations. I was wondering if Lucas would dub out the "Darth" thing, but I figure there is also some sentimental value to be had. Qui-Gon was definitely thought up later, which is a shame, especially in terms of the cavalier way the whole "joining with the Force" thing was described in Episode III.

But hey, it's a wonderful part of our mythology, and the parallels are amazing. Indeed, I was thinking that the original trilogy was about Luke (after all, it was called "The Adventures of Luke Skywalker", the prequel trilogy was about Anakin, but in some ways, the whole thing is about Obi-Wan too. He's the glue for the whole story. Kind of nice.

I think Zara's right about the sex slave bit. There are other ways that George could have got Carrie in a skimpy outfit if that's what he wanted!

And yes, that video is awesome! I love it! :)
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Date:June 14th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if Lucas would dub out the "Darth" thing, but I figure there is also some sentimental value to be had.

Yk, he may have changed it on later copies - I wouldn't know. Somebody kattahj? was telling me recently that the new DVD copies of the original trilogy have Hayden Whosit superimposed at the end to be Anakin. I bought my VHS copies long ago in a galaxy far far away, so I can't tell you what has changed.

I agree that Obi-Wan is the glue. And boy did I appreciate Ewan McGregor more after seeing these again! I kept saying of ROTS that he really knew how to bridge the performances and be the middle-aged man young Obi-Wan had become at the same time as he was the man who would age into Old Ben. But I felt that even more after seeing Alec Guiness again.

Btw, I'm really enjoying sharing vids with Zara. Your kids are older, so it might not be so much of an issue, but some of my fannish activities just aren't appropriate to share and she totally wants to be involved in everything. So, it's nice to watch vids together and to read fanfic that we can both enjoy. Her bedtime story last night was:

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Date:June 14th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
Yk, he may have changed it on later copies - I wouldn't know.

No, the line stands as it is. We got the super-duper versions when they came out and Lucas didn't touch it. As for Hayden appearing at the end instead of Sebastian Shaw, it's so stupid. I could imagine Luke thinking: WTF? Who's that young guy? Because he never saw his father as a young man. I mean, why not have Obi-Wan as Ewan instead of Alec? Answer: it doesn't make sense, because Luke only knows Obi-Wan as Alec. So the Hayden thing really perplexes me.

I think Ewan did a masterful job of making the transition. I wasn't sure at first, but my second and third viewings of ROTS tell me that he had to be understated, he had to appear to be the man who would become Old Ben, and he had some of the most excreable dialogue ever, second only to what they fed poor Natalie Portman as Padme. While he will never get an award for it, I really think both Ewan and Hayden took big risks, because theirs are the ultimate role to be typecast in. I do wonder if Hayden will truly escape Vader. I don't have any such doubts for Ewan.

I think it's wonderful that your kids want to share in your interests. As you've found, there are many ways to include Zara and inspire her own creativity and imagination.

My girls don't know I write slash. On reflection, over the years I have spent so much time making the focus all about them, there are a number of things they don't know about me. For instance, they don't know that I have a dissociative condition (because I refuse to call it disorder *grins*). Over time, I hope to share more of me with them, because I think there is a lot of enrichment to be had from seeing some of your parent's inner lives. My parents were relative strangers to me, and I see now I don't want to make that mistake with our girls.

One day, I'll tell them about the slash too. I can just imagine the faces and groans of "Ewwwwww!" ROTFL.
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Date:June 14th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
My kids know I write slash. I don't know they actually know the term "slash," although I've used it with them. I think the term kind of hasn't stuck with them. Maybe because I tend towards a somewhat academic-sounding definition of slash: fanfiction in which two male characters who are portrayed as heterosexual or whose sexuality is not explored in the source text are shown to be having a (usually clandestine) sexual or romantic in the fanfic.

Anyway, they know I write fanfic and that there are gay characters and that that's part of what interests me about it. They've all read the article that was in the Advocate, where I talk about liking the mutant/gay parallels in writing X-Men fanfic. They also know there's sex in the stories, because I say things like "Now they have sex and I'm going to skip over that part" when I read them excerpts. I do occasionally wonder what people think on the bus when I say something like that while reading to my daughter en route to school. But I don't wonder that much :-).

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Date:June 14th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
*grins* at your definition of slash. You make it sound so *sordid*, Mo! ROTFL. I can only imagine what goes through the minds of your fellow passengers in that school bus scenario! :)
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