FABULOUS FEMALE

EVER SEEN ROGUE ONE? GREAT HEROINES INSPIRE ME, SO IN THEIR HONOR, I’M TAKING CAPS (OR CAPITAL LETTERS) “BACK” FOR MY BLOGS ON THEIR BADASS SELVES IN MOVIES.

#JYN ERSO #SUSANSTRASSER #SUSANSTRASSERBLOG #AMWRITING

THERE’S A FANTASTIC STAR WARS MOVIE FROM 2016 THAT YOU MAY HAVE NOT SEEN CALLED ROGUE ONE. IT STARS A FABULOUS FEMALE WARRIOR WHO HAS THE HEART OF A JEDI NAMED JYN ERSO (PLAYED BY FELICITY JONES.)

LIKE A LOT OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES, I DID NOT LIKE IT THE FIRST TIME I SAW IT. OPENING SCENES INCLUDE A PLANET CALLED JEDHA, WHICH STRUCK ME AS VERY DARK AND DEPRESSING. JEDHA WAS IN A POLICE STATE AND THE DIRTY, TENSE ATMOSPHERE PERMEATED MY SPIRIT. WHEN THE IMPERIAL ARMY OPENS FIRE WITH ITS TANKS ON A CIVILIAN SKIRMISH, IT SEEMS HOPELESS.

I SIMPLY WAS NOT PREPARED TO BE TAKEN, VIA THE STAR WARS FRANCHISE, TO A PLACE REPRESENTATIVE OF THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES I’D SEEN ON THE NEWS. AFTER ALL, I GREW UP IN THE 80s, AND MY FAVORITE STAR WARS MOVIE UNTIL LATELY HAD BEEN RETURN OF THE JEDI… MOSTLY BECAUSE OF THOSE EWOKS! I LOVE ME SOME EWOKS.

SOMETHING ABOUT JEDHA, THE TENSION… WAS TOO CLOSE TO HOME.

BUT THE SECOND TIME I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE SIMPLE RAW PASSION OF THIS GO-BETWEEN FILM ABOUT THE REBELLION. I WAS ABLE TO LOOK PAST THE BLEAK BACKDROP OF HOMELESS RENEGADES AND REFLECT. WHY DID THIS SETTING DISTURB ME? MY HUSBAND WARNED ME IN 2016 WHEN WE WENT TO SEE IT THAT IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT.

AND WHY NOW DO I LOVE REWATCHING IT ANNUALLY, AND TREASURE JYN AND THE LEAD CHARACTERS OF THE REBELLION?

AS I TRUDGE, WALTZ, AND WADE THROUGH MY OWN PAINFUL MEMORIES AND POWERFUL FEELINGS, DID GYN AND HER MONOLOGUE BELOW COME TO MIND? AS I MINE SO MUCH OF MY LIFE IN MY MEMOIRS, I’M DEFINITELY FEELING THE “DARK SIDE”, “LIGHT SIDE”, AND EVERYTHING INBETWEEN!

MID-WAY THROUGH ROGUE ONE, JYN IS ABOUT TO LEAD A GROUP OF WARRIORS INTO BATTLE AGAINST IMPOSSIBLE ODDS. SHE RALLIES THEM WITH THESE WORDS:

“THEY HAVE NO IDEA WE’RE COMING…

NO REASON TO EXPECT US….

WE’LL TAKE THE NEXT CHANCE,

AND THE NEXT, ON AND ON UNTIL WE WIN, OR THE CHANCES ARE SPENT…

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH US.”

CHANCES.

THE FORCE.

THE POWER OF THE JEDI TO FIGHT EVIL IS RENOWNED, YET THERE ARE NO JEDI IN THIS FILM; HOEEVER, THEY STILL ACKNOWLEDGE THE FORCE. STAR WARS FILMS DEFINE THAT LIFE FORCE AS FLOWNG FROM ALL OF US AND ALL LIVING THINGS.

YET WHEN JYN CLOSES HER BATTLE CRY WITH THESE WORDS TO THE REBELS WHO ARE FIGHTING WITH HER… MAY THE FORCE BE WITH US.

WE ASSUME THAT IS THE FORCE OF GOOD. KINDNESS AND WORTH RISKING OUR LIVES FOR.

IN ONE REGARD, MY MEMOIRS WILL NEVER BE DONE. BUT MY EDITOR AND I AGREE ON DUE DATES ANYWAY BECAUSE AT SOME POINT, AFTER SO MANY MONTHS, I GIVE HER MY MANUSCRIPT, AND TAKE IT FROM THERE.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK SHE WILL GIVE ME EXACTLY, BUT I’M WILLING, AFTER WAITING MY WHOLE LIFE TO BE A SERIOUS WRITER, TO TAKE THAT CHANCE.

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