Sunday, August 29

Vader

Another question from a Concerned Reader:

-- Do sympathize with Vader more now, as GL said we might, or has the work (not yours, but the films, and cartoons, and comics also also) cemented your dislike for Anakin Skywalker? Because, either way, there are people that love and hate both him and his alter ego, or vice versa. I always liked Vader, he was always my favorite character. I believe he has the most depth of any SW character. --

I'm glad you asked this, because it's not only a salient question, it's something I can actually comment on.

I've NEVER disliked Anakin. Never. And I certainly don't now. Your opinion that Anakin/Vader has the most depth of any SW character is very likely shared by Mr. Lucas, since he saw fit to create the Prequel trilogy in order to recast the entire SW saga as the story of the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker.

On the other hand, I don't necessarily share the opinion myself, and I'll tell you why.

One of the cool things about Star Wars is that all the characters are so strong that they can carry however much depth the writers are willing (or able) to give them; I mean, jeez, look what was done with Wedge, who had, what? eight or ten lines in the whole OT?

So, yes, I see deeply into Anakin (in my opinion, anyway), but I see just as deeply into Obi-Wan, and Yoda, and Padme and Mace and even Palpatine and Dooku. It's just a question of how far a writer is willing to go -- how much brain sweat we're willing to invest -- because these characters are alive in a way that is not wholly explicable in rational terms. They are real.

We've made them real.

And I'm not talking only (or even mostly) about Mr Lucas and the Usual Suspects of writers, editors, artists and designers. I'm talking about the shared imagination of the billion-something people who carry these people around in their heads and in their hearts.

That's where the GFFA is. That's where all these people live.

And I think that is just so incredibly goddamn cool that words can't really express it.


(Aside to C-Wedge: Thanks for the heads-up; I'll have to check out his comments. So far, all I've gotten from Skywalker is a Thundering Silence while the ms works its way up the chain of command . . .)

7 comments:

barb said...

What's the GFFA?

Sue said...

Hey Matt -
Thundering Silence -- Your RotS novel is awesome. I've read the only first 212 pages and wish I didn't have ALL this other work to do. I had to put your book down to read the page proofs for Yoda: Dark Rendezvous... but will be back at it this week. Your work is a joy to read and to become absorbed by.
Take care,
Sue

Ben said...

GFFA stands for Galaxy Far, Far Away.

MWS said...

Sue --

Thanks so much for stopping by, and for the kind words. I guess there are still a few chinks in my armor of authorial ego . . .

Robert James said...

Hey I'm sure it'll be at least as good as your other books, Matt. In other words it's going to kick some serious ass and give the movie a damn good run for it's money on which is more entertaining. Here's hoping the continued publicity writing SW is getting you will lead to hardcovers for Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle, when Caine Black Knife is released. In the meantime though, is there anyone in particular we can write to ask or express interest in such things?

Off topic too, have you seen the trailer for Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars? I know you've mentioned being a Ben Browder fan in the past, and it looks like it's going to be one hell of a mini-series. I also feel obligated to plug Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men comic, knowing what a fan of Buffy you are. You should check it out when you get a chance to, amazing stuff.

-Rob

MWS said...

Thanks, Rob.

I will.

Haven't seen the FARSCAPE trailer. Though I certainly intend to watch the series.

Mastadge said...

I've never seen Farscape, but I watched that trailer a week or two ago, and I thought it looked really good. Made me want to go back and watch Farscape. Is it worth watching? How does it compare to other SF TV, i.e., Star Trek, Firefly, etc?