When I wore my hair in curls earlier this week on two different occurrences I got called Princess Leia and Queen Amidala. Though I didn't intend to look like either of them, I love being recognized as fictional characters!
Princess Leia was the first fictional character I remember pretending to be.
I knew two boys who were cousins, and age wise I was sandwiched in between them. One of them would pretend to be Luke and one would pretend to be Hans Solo, and I felt like the luckiest when it was just the three of us around and I got to be Leia - a girl that could be IN on the adventure. My favorite memories were playing outside, in the woods, like we were in those Return of the Jedi forest scenes.
Recently I was in the drive-thru of Starbucks with my husband (this is a needless detail) when I said, "How old is George Lucas?"
"He's probably in his late 60's, early 70's. Why?"
"Because I don't want him to leave. He's done really, really good things for us."
The first movie came out a year before I was born. I've never known a world without light sabers, yoda and using The Force (Just like my kids have never known a world without Hogwarts.) And don't even get me started on those bar scenes with all the crazy characters. I love those bizarre creatures!
I am amazed at how iconic Star Wars has become. I think I'd be hard pressed to mention Star Wars in conversation and have someone ask, "Huh? What's Star Wars?"
In fact, Star Wars is such a huge fictional world you have other fictional worlds adapting it into their storylines: think Lego and Angry Birds.
As someone who recognizes fictional details in the Real World ALL THE TIME, and feels a bit like an outsider because of that, I am quite intrigued by a fictional story that has pulled in all sorts of grown-ups. It is like the ultimate game of make belief and nearly everyone is in on it, at least on some level. Not everyone wants to engage in geeky philosophical debates about the Rebel Alliance or dress-up like a storm trooper, but you'd be surprised who all will say to you on May 4th, "May the fourth be with you!" (This year I secretly celebrated May 4 as the day where I'm not the odd one for being a citizen of the ImagineNation because would you look at ALL the people who believe Darth Vader is real and know he IS Luke's Father.)
I wanted to say on this, the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, I think George Lucas is a brilliant artist as magician. I think he is one of what The Wrinkle In Time would call the "lights for us to see by." And I think if he can get this many grown-ups to believe in and enjoy playing in a made up world, there is hope for us creators in the ImagineNation yet.
This article is a fun read. I love how she weaves fiction and reality by using both the names Leia Organa and Carrie Fisher.
Do you have a favorite Star Wars memory? Or better yet, what symbol could you take from Star Wars to use as a magic spell in the "Real World"?
- Pretend the appliances in your home are droids/robots like R2-D2. Read this article to get you inspired to pretend your blender wants to give you a secret message for your morning or your dish washer cares about your sanity or your ice maker has frozen mind-altering secret serum into your cubes. Need more inspiration? See how Tom mixes human and machine in Parks and Rec with DJ Roomba.
- Have drinks at a bar and meet some characters or if you are more spy like, eavesdrop on conversations and see what secret messages you can hear.
- Go on a photo walk you will and caption everything with a wise yoda-ism. (Share on Instagram you will with #themagicschoolbookclub as your hashtag.)
- Do your hair and makeup in a dramatically different way (channel your inner Queen Amidala). Or collage some photos of women in an art journal and add Amidala makeup like the red dots on her cheeks and the red strip of lipstick on her lower lip.
- End every discussion with the words "May the Force Be With You."