Star Wars: All the things we’re thankful for in a galaxy far, far away

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Photo Credit: [Solo: A Star Wars Story] LucasfilmOne of the things I’m thankful for with regards to Star Wars is actually one of the reasons I didn’t watch the original trilogy until I was practically a teenager. Given that my first name is so similar and I had long brown hair, I got called “Princess Leia” a lot by other kids when I was younger and it felt like they were making fun of me — but the second I buckled in and watched the dang movie, I was grateful for this rebel hero who was admired and desired and bossy and hilarious and vulnerable to boot.

As a brunette caucasian lady, I am over-represented in Star Wars, and I’m thankful that others can have the experience I had when I saw Leia for the first time.

I’m thankful that this franchise is ever expanding and that more and more artists and creators are able to play in this world. Ultimately, I think fans will be able (and encouraged even) to pick and choose which corners of the galaxy they hang their hats. While I don’t love them as much as I did as a teen, and thankfully so, I’m thankful for the prequels — the DVD extras on those films got me interested in filmmaking.

But what I’m most thankful for, Star Wars-wise, is the outerwear. Layers for days. Those rebels have some of the coziest looking fur-lined coats I’ve ever seen, and the villains have incredibly fabulous capes — not to mention Lando and his closet full of ’em. Poe’s jacket is getting passed around like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Leia’s puffy vest? Yes please! It’s an under-appreciated gift of the franchise that keeps on giving.

– Leah Thomas

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