Pilot Leia by *AdamHughes
Not too long ago, some friends and I did one of those silly personality tests online where you try to find out which character from a series you are. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I got Princess Leia from Star Wars. I try to be a leader. I’m invested in the idea that the world can be better than it is now. I’m often trying to convince people to join a cause that I care about. My friends, being (lovably) juvenile people, quickly made fun of me for getting the only girl (emphasis theirs) in the series.
It struck me in that moment how little I cared.
There is an entire body of literature devoted to the fact that, despite being an inspiring universe with many great things to be said about it, George Lucas’ Star Wars is notably missing gender and racial diversity. (I have since become interested in the idea that it is missing inter-special diversity, but that’s a another topic). It doesn’t absolve Lucas from this frankly uninspired oversight and I would argue, even as devoted fan, that his story suffers for it, but Princess Leia is undoubtedly a spectacular character. Complicated, tough, and a harbinger of a new kind of politics within the world she inhabits.
It’s often a simplistic, even solipsistic, thing to identify to identify with characters who are created as archetypes, as in many ways Leia is. But I think so long as you recognise the archetypical nature of these characters, and choose to identify with them as having similarities with some part of you, rather than the whole, then I think you’ve shown people some part of yourself and that vulnerability is valuable.
(Source: dayruiner, via brainkrieg)