Are you a Star Wars fan? If not, you're probably puzzling over that greeting. But, even if you're not a fan, Star Wars is such an pervasive cultural icon, it's almost impossible not to know at least the general gist of the story.
Just in case anyone reading hasn't seen the movie (IS there anyone who hasn't??) the fourth of May each year has been dubbed "Star Wars Day" by fans because of its similarity to the line from the movie: "May the force be with you."
At the danger of dating myself terribly, I remember going to see Star Wars at the cinema back when it first came out. Mostly I remember my younger brother's saucer-like eyes after it finished. He became, from that day on, an avid sci fi geek. I happily rode on his coat tails, watching Dr Who with him from behind the couch (those tinfoil monsters were scary!) and even staying up late to watch randomly-scheduled Star Trek Next Generation episodes. (Anyone out there have a teen crush on Riker? *cough* *blush* No, me either.)
On the scale of sci fi geekdom, I'd describe myself as averagely geeky. Geeky enough to get references when they're peppered into pop culture. Geeky enough to be disappointed in the new Star Wars movies. Not geeky enough to collect figurines. However I did just recently buy myself this awesome t-shirt, and you'll have to decide for yourself just how geeky it makes me...
|Because I like a little chic with ma geek... |
(You can have one too! Buy it here.)
Princess Leia is a pretty awesome heroine when you stop to think about it. She's the leader of the rebel alliance, risking everything to fight against the evil empire. She back chats Darth Vadar fearlessly and then faces torture at his hands with just the slightest quiver. She fights stormtroopers with men, Wookies and Ewoks by her side. Even when forced to wear that gold bikini (and thus inspiring the nighttime fantasies of millions of guys around the world) she manages to convey how very put out she is about the whole business, and then she strangles her captor with the chain he'd used to imprison her.
When the sexy hero, Han Solo, falls for her, she plays it cool. In a movie full of pretty terrible dialogue, Leia arguably has the best line of anyone: when Han tells her he loves her, she simply replies with "I know."
So, happy Star Wars Day to you. Even if you're not a fan, I don't think there's anything wrong with us all getting our Princess Leia on today. Put your hair in braids (wrapping them into buns around your ears is entirely your decision). Fight for what you believe in. Back chat authority. You could even, if you want, get your gold bikini out of the closet. (It's a little too cold in Melbourne for that right now, though...)
How geeky do your rate yourself on the sci fi geek scale? Have you seen ALL the Star Wars movies?