This is some fucking bullshit. Carrie Fisher—life idol to millions of women across generations for her strong portrayal of Princess Leia in a genre once thought to be dominated by men, as well as a brilliant, brilliantly funny writer who helped to normalize women talking about mental health struggles—has died aged 60…
The big news from The Princess Diarist, understandably, has been author Carrie Fisher’s admission that she and Harrison Ford were hooking up while filming Star Wars (Episode IV as it’s now called, a rechristening she endlessly mocks).
With the release date for Star Wars: The Force Awakens creeping closer and closer, we are getting a true treat: interviews with Carrie Fisher.
Star Wars: It’s not just for boys anymore! (Of course, it was never just for boys.)
Currently causing consternation: The omission of female Rey from a Star Wars gift set being sold at Target, which has spawned the hashtag #WheresRey. It’s the latest in a long line of complaints about the franchise forgetting women are fans, too. A really long line.
Princess Leia’s gold metal bikini—perhaps the single most famous image from Star Wars, and not because she strangled Jabba the Hutt while wearing it—just sold at auction for $96,000. Such a great deal for the symbol of my complicated relationship to this franchise!
After adult Star Wars fans and parents of wee enthusiasts pitched a fit on Twitter, Disney has announced that, whoops, never mind, they WILL be rolling out new products featuring Princess Leia. Maybe there's hope for the Mouse Star, after all!
Disney won't begin rolling out new Star Wars movies until 2015, and the public has gotten only dribs and drabs of news. Even so, I'm already at DefCon 2 on the nerd-girl alarm-o-meter.