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JackieStarSister
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
I am an aspiring storyteller (of any medium) and photographer. I take lots of photographs, share my decent ones, and sell my best ones. I also write fan fiction and make collages of screenshots from my favorite shows. I have dabbled in cosplaying and would like to do it more.
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Yesterday my school had a free screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I had not seen it in theaters because I did not know if it would be worth the money that cost. To be honest, I thought that a seventh SW movie was overkill, that it was just being done to make more money off of a franchise with a gigantic, profit-garnering fanbase. The main reason I held any interest in SW is because I like multi-generational stories (other examples include Les Misérables and ATLA/LOK). With the exception of their appearances in the animated spin-off shows, most of the characters didn’t seem to have much characterization or chemistry. The starship battles and light-saber duels felt drawn-out to me. I disliked the light-dark duality, or at least the way they talked about it. I could rarely follow the plots, which seemed full of unnecessary detours and pointless spectacle. The acting always felt either understated or overstated, the characters not very emotional or colorful. In fact--and I know I may get grief for daring to say this--I thought the acting and characterization were comparable to that of Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender.

All this is to say, my expectations going into my school’s auditorium to see The Force Awakens were moderate at best. Boy, was I in for a surprise.

Last night was the first time I ever truly enjoyed myself while watching a Star Wars film. The script was great. The acting was great. The characters’ relationships were great. I didn’t lose interest during the battle sequences. I laughed at the humor. I admired the camerawork. I felt invested in the characters, actually feeling affection for them. (My only sore spot is that my sister, who saw the movie last winter, had already told me the Thing that Kylo Ren does at the end, but that may have saved me a lot of shock and pain.)

I had been afraid that there would be many repeats and recycled ideas and concepts and archetypes. (In particular, I had thought Kylo Ren would be just another Darth Vader. But, while he is striving to live up to Vader’s memory, he is different enough to be interesting: when his allies fail, he throws destructive tantrums instead of killing them; and admits to feeling conflicted about his actions.) Like ATLA/LOK, there were enough parallels to the older movies’ plots and reappearances of old characters to make it clearly the same series, like a case of history repeating itself, without seeming to be mere repetition of the same story.

The bottom line is: after years of merely dabbling in the series, I now feel that I can truly call myself a Star Wars fan.

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DebasishPhotos Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for the fave.:) (Smile) 
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theGnomeKing Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist

and the  Llama Emoji-74 (My kawaii cheeks) [V4]
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Silvanne Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for the fav! :hug:
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memo--ry Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the :+fav:!
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saperlipop Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016

:iconthankyouflowerplz: for the :+fav: on Remembrance :heart:

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awesome43 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
Thanks for the fave on Pure joy by awesome43  :iconhug1plz:
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CorneliaGillmann Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the fav on my picture!! :D 
I really appreciate it. 
I'd be happy if you'd also visit me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cornelia.gill…
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
Thank you very much for the fav :iconarrheartplz:
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Scholarly-Cimmerian Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
I just wanted to mention - "Beauty and the Blue Spirit" (along with a few other stories) has inspired me to begin working on a collection of Avatar fanfics, casting the characters in various fairy-tales! :)
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JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Really? That is wonderful to hear! Thank you for telling me. I'm glad its existence is making a positive and creative impact. Blessings on your projects!
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