Canon is a Construct

By Riley Hopkins

Spoilers for Rebels Episode “Visions And Voices”

For Star Wars, more than most properties, there is no trickier subject to broach than the concept of canon: what has officially happened within a given mythos. Star Wars Legends fans have to ask, “What is canon now? What isn’t?” New Canon fans wonder, “What is all this old stuff?” For folks who have only been exposed to the Star Wars movie franchise, the large amount of books, television shows, and comics make for a challenging passage into the wider Star Wars universe. After consuming all content beyond the blockbuster films, fans can find themselves asking, “How does this all fit together … should I care?”

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An Open Letter to Star Wars

By Pranks Paul

Hello, big fan of your work.  That’s a bit of an understatement.  I’ve been a fan of this galaxy since I was a just a youngling.  I live and breathe it.  But my bona fides are not why you should listen to me.

You should listen to me because I’m a person who is invested in something you create.  And right now, I’m really disappointed in you as an entity.  You see, you’re not doing enough to make people feel comfortable in your galaxy.  And that’s the wrong way to approach things, not just from a moral perspective, but from a business perspective.

I’m a straight non-white male with immigrant parents.  Many of my friends who I have met in your fandom are PoC, women, and/or LGBT.  One of the ways you can create more fans for your property is to show these fans people that resemble them.  These fans are more likely to go see a movie or a TV show that has people that they can identify with, which translates to more money for you.  I’m not talking about myself.  I would have gone to see Rogue One even if the cast didn’t include Bodhi Rook.  But there is probably a young South Asian kid who is much more excited about the movie because there is a pilot that looks like him.  And that sells tickets.  Also, if it matters, it’s the right thing to do.

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Force Persuasion

By Rhi

The Star Wars Propaganda book is one of my favorite types of canon texts: a work that’s written in-universe, with all the biases and uncertainties that come along with it. These kind of works can be a fantastic world-building tool, showing not only new facets of the world’s history and culture, but also how people perceive those things. So, naturally, I bought the book, and as soon as it was delivered I plopped down on my couch and devoured it in an afternoon.

When I’d finished my first pass, though, I found myself surprisingly underwhelmed. I’d expected something that really expanded on the new canon of Star Wars, and while there were a handful of places where there was new information and world building, it still fell short of my expectations. My problem, one that I keep encountering in Star Wars in general, is a lack of imagination from the creators.

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I Like Your Egg, or, You Know Too Much About Star Wars

By Olivia

—Warning: the following contains mild plot spoilers for Poe Dameron #1-5—

Too much in Star Wars is explained.

There, I’ve said it. My dark and dirty Star Wars secret, the thing that keeps me up at night when I consider my place on the Pods team. The crack in my being that proves I am not a True Star Wars Fan.

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Corran Horn Is A Sleemo

by Abby Gavit

I have distinct memories of sitting in a book-cramped study and spectating over the shoulders of my male cousins while they traded the joystick back and forth in an attempt to beat the trench run level of X-Wing Alliance. It was summer in Texas, meaning that second story room was swampy and too warm with three of us clustered around the computer screen as my cousins flew and got shot down in rotation. Anyone familiar with that sequence in A New Hope knows it’s mesmerizing – that it has an evocative simplicity which still managed to capture my imagination even after being rendered down into clunky late-90’s era graphics. I remember being riveted. I also remember not being allowed to play.

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