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A French’s Perspective On Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 15th Anniversary

Source: Wookieepedia.

Source: Wookieepedia.

It is hard to believe that on May 19, 2014,  The Phantom Menace was released (in the US) fifteen years ago. I didn’t remember the exact date, because contrary to the next two installments in the prequel trilogy, we had a horrible delay for the French release. We only got the movie on October 13! I remember being very annoyed with this! I was so relieved they did much better with Episodes II and III.

The Phantom Menace wasn’t just Star Wars coming back to the big screen to me, but also what got me into reading English at a fluent level. I could already read decently enough in English back then at age 14, but I remember my mother bringing me the novelization of The Phantom Menace (with the Amidala cover!) by Terry Brooks, from the English bookshop in Paris where she (we) often shopped. I was so excited about it that I devoured it and understood it without needing a dictionary.

I still had to wait to see the movie on the big screen, but it was better than nothing and I remember loving so much of the merchandising (including some of the gorgeous Amidala dolls that were created).

On October 13, I went to see the movie with a childhood friend I had “converted” to Star Wars a few years before, and one of her classmates too. I loved it and I couldn’t believe I was seeing Star Wars at the movies (as I had missed the Special Edition of the original trilogy re-releases in 1997). I still have goosebumps from the first time I also heard Duel of the Fates by John Williams.

And believe it or not, Jar-Jar in French is absolutely hilarious (funnier than in English in my view). I ended seeing The Phantom Menace five times at different theaters, the fourth time in original version. I don’t find  the prequels perfect, but I certainly love them to pieces and am grateful that we got them!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Thank you, Raven, for nominating me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I am very honored and appreciate that you find my blog so interesting! Still being in my first year of actual blogging is a great learning experience and I am glad to see that people enjoy the content I share here.

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Rules for this Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Add the Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate a list of bloggers that inspire you.
  • Include this set of rules.
  • Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

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7 Things about Myself

  1. Baking is my favorite non writing/vidding related creative outlet.
  2. My favorite TV show is The X-Files. The second and third place on a favorite TV show podium would be impossible to determine because of all the titles I love so much. (I’m not good at picking just one thing, or even two, or even a dozen, at times!)
  3. It took me a long time to decide to write male characters for roleplaying, but I now have a few.
  4. I have a passion for notebooks, and like to stock on pretty new ones when I have the opportunity. I always have a notebook with me, as well as pencils, in case I have ideas while away from the computer.
  5. If a TV show seems like something I might like, I have to try it out. I can’t be mono fandom at all. A friend of mine once called me “Runezilla” (yes the contraction between my vidder’s pseudo, Aruna7, and Godzilla) as I already vidded a lot of different fandom back then.
  6. I always listen to “Throne Room and Finale” by John Williams from the Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope soundtrack when I’m finishing a big writing project. I started doing that during my undergraduate studies.
  7. I love writing but formatting is my nemesis. I’d rather write a few more thousand words than formatting.

 

My Nominees

It was difficult especially as I follow so many wonderful and inspiring blogs on such a vast choice of topics. I realize that this list falls back on my core group so to speak, save for a couple people I already nominated for two previous awards (so I didn’t include them again). All of the people below are great inspirations to me.

Sunday Music and Links

Today, I realized that I mentioned music a few times on my blog, and not just when talking about movies, TV and vidding. I had an idea of a music related post for a bit, but I never came around to do so. So today is the day! I even am working through older posts and still have more work to do, to add the new Music category and related tags.

The idea for this selection came from International Women’s Day. My post about Frozen yesterday, and mentioning Let it Go brought the idea back to mind. All the songs posted below are inspirations to me as a woman. I also stayed away from any songs that might have to do with romantic relationship for this specific post. There are only titles that clearly speak about women, and even like that I feel like I am forgetting others. There are many other songs that inspire me a lot of course, and you might see further posts about this.

There are songs in both English and French. Yes, there are more chances I bring up some French music than French movies or TV shows these days!

Ève, lève toi by Julie Pietri. This is one of my earliest memories of music, because my mother had taped a live version of it on TV for me when I was little. This is a beautiful song about Eve and feminism and how important women are and all the possibilities they can seize. It remains a powerful inspiration to me.

I walk alone by Cher. I wouldn’t say that Cher’s latest album is my favorite of hers, but there were still songs that captivated. This one went straight to my soul. I love the lyrics and Cher has been a huge inspiration for me since I was a teenager. In media figures, you could say that Cher and Gillian Anderson are both equally important to me. Just like Julie Pietri’s Ève, lève toi, there is something in the lyrics that remind me so much of Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. which is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. This book and her ideas resonate in all my work about female characters.

Juanita by Shania Twain. I have vidded it twice already, for Chiana in Farscape and the women in Star Wars. I also like Twain’s She’s not just a pretty face song, from the same album, but Juanita always resonates more in me.

Stand in the rain by Superchick. (Yes I am thinking about One Path and even Vala right now, Rose.)

Let It Go by Demi Lovato. Since I posted Idina Menzel’s version yesterday, I’m sharing Lovato’s today. After having seen the movie, I have a softer spot for Menzel’s though. This song has become extremely inspirational for me, and along with the Throne Room score from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope by John Williams and Let Your Light Shine by Bethany Dillon, it might be the song I can listen on repeat for the longest time while writing.

Sa raison d’être by Ensemble. In 1999, many French artists collaborated for this song speaking of a nurse dedicating her life to help patients suffering from H.I.V. It was released on the national H.I.V. awareness day. It speaks of dedication, compassion and celebrating all the little things that can make things progress.

This one’s for the girls by Martina McBride. I always connect this song with Rose’s video for the Stargate SG-1 ladies. (Thank you for finding it again, sweetie!!) Just like Stand in the Rain, I think of Evil Genius conversations when listening to it.

Avalon by Lunatica. Since I first watched The Clone Wars movie in 2008, I always associated the song with Ahsoka, and Star Wars in general. I’m thinking about maybe redoing the song for a second Ahsoka video once I have all the show on DVDs, and not just the movie and the first season. I love the determination and hope that can be felt in this song.

Sisters are doin’ it for themselves by Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox. I love this song and I remember the official video clip (which I couldn’t find for this post) being as amazing as the two legendary singers. This song also inspired my book’s introduction and afterword titles. I thought that this is a perfect way to close this selection.

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