Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Star Wars Moments

So, medical I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with the nerd news lately, but it was just recently announced that J.J. Abrams will be directing the 7th installment of the ever-growing Star Wars franchise.
And while I’m still unsure about how I feel about a 7th installment, I feel slightly better now that I know a reputable and mostly trusting director is at the helm. I’m more concerned on who is going to write the thing, because the story is what worries me the most. The cinematography of the prequel movies was great (although at some points, they should have eased up on the green screen…) but the stories are what made them so bad. So I hope that whomever they get to write the screenplay will impress me as much as J.J. Abrams as director.
Moving on though, because they just recently announced that there was a director, I thought a good Tuesday Top Ten would be remembering some of my favorite Star Wars moments. Enjoy!
Top Ten Star Wars Moments
10. “I have a bad feeling about this” 
One of the best moments from any Star Wars film is when a character says that line “I have a bad feeling about this”. Its an iconic quote from the movies, one that I’ve always loved and always get a kick out of hearing. I love hearing Indiana Jones say it on the ride in Disneyland and I loved when Rex on the old Star Tours ride said it and C3PO says it in the current version. Its been in several TV shows and video games. Every once in awhile it sneaks up on your, in other movies, paying homage to one of the most popular franchises of all time. Its a comfort thing, a line that always appears and is one line you’ll never forget.
 
9. The opening scene of a New Hope
 
Now, I wasn’t even alive when the first Star Wars hit the movie theaters so I can only imagine what this scene was like for people seeing it back then. But I can remember as a kid, watching this movie for the first time and being pretty impressed by the opening scene. There is something seriously badass about watching the Star Destroyer loom over you as it passes across the screen. Its HUGE and IMPRESSIVE and it gives you the chills. I can’t wait until A New Hope hits the theaters again because I need to experience this scene on the big screen.
8. “Impressive. Most impressive.” 
Okay, for those of you who may not know what I’m talking about, this is the part where Darth Vader and Luke are battling it out in Empire Strikes Back. Luke jumps out of the machine that’ll turn him to carbonite and avoids being captured. Darth Vader says “Impressive.” The part that I love about this, and its mostly because of my boyfriend, but after that, Luke shimmies up, maybe a foot and Vader goes “Most impressive.” I don’t know if Darth is talking about jumping or what, but the way it is portrayed is that Vader is mildly impressed with Luke jumping a good 10 feet, and VERY impressed by his ability to shimmy a foot or two. Its not even a part that would normally get much attention but every time I watch it, my boyfriend cracks up, so I look forward to this part.
 
7. Darth Vader defeating Emperor Palpatine 
While I think its a *little* bit cheesy that this scary, intimidating villain turns out to be a softie in disguise, I do like that he is the one who defeats the Emperor and ends the power of the Sith (I mean, until you read books and you realize that this is NEVER going to happen…). To be quite honest, Vader is the one who kind of started the madness in the first place so it seemed only fitting that he would be the one to end it. And it WAS kind of cool to watch Vader, Anakin Skywalker, defend his son. Even though I had spent the entire trilogy wanting Luke to beat the Emperor, it worked that Vader did it, out of love for Luke’s mother. And hey, the Emperor was defeated! Yay! That’s a HUGE moment on its own!
 
6. “Aren’t you a little short to be a storm trooper” 
 
Oh, Princess Leia, your sarcasm is just way too much to handle sometimes. She is captured, by the EVIL Darth Vader and has totally watched them BLOW up her entire home planet. It would be more than normal if she was falling apart, or even showing the tiniest bit of stress. Anybody would. But she’s not just anybody, she’s Princess Leia. Obviously a Stormtrooper coming into her cell is NOT a good thing and yet she immediately has a sarcastic remark ready for him. Its hilarious and it sums up Princess Leia pretty damn well.
5. Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader light saber fight  
 
All the non-believers hate this first lightsaber fight because they’ve seen the super special effects fight that have taken place in the prequel movies. And those are great and all but there is nothing like the first fight that takes place in the Star Wars movies. No one had seen a weapon like lightsabers before; it was like a classic sword fight but, like, 1000 times better. It’s also kind of scary too right…I mean, you could seriously chop off your fingers accidentally and that would be a HUGE problem. Think about it, Alec Guinness was not exactly a young man when he filmed Star Wars and he makes that fight look so super badass. I love it.
4. “Don’t get cocky kid” 
I want to marry Harrison Ford…preferably the way he looks as Han Solo…or Indiana Jones. But mostly as Han Solo. I think that was one of the first times as a kid that I was like WHOA, that guy is hot…or as much as you could think someone is hot when you’re five. I just love this particular part in the movie because it just makes me laugh. You meet Luke Skywalker before Han Solo and you love him totally right off the bat, the innocent, full of heart farm boy. And he’s in his first “battle” and he’s like a little kid that’s accomplished something “I got him!” and seasoned adult, Han Solo, just kind of rolled his eyes and says “Don’t get cocky, kid” and its just hilarious.
 
3. Luke, I am your Father
Come on, how could this NOT be in the top ten of bet Star Wars moments ever! It was a lot different for me, when I first watched it because I already knew that Darth Vader was Luke’s father. But I can only imagine what kind of crazy, insane revelation this was in 1980. Star Wars had grown into a MEGA phenomenon and everyone had been DYING for this movie (it had been three years) and a bomp dropper like this is amazing. And Luke’s reaction is awesome. I think the best part about this too is how little people knew about this too. I mean, not even Mark Hamill knew this news, not even David Prowse (who actually played Darth), knew this. It was all filmed with a different script, a different secret revealed. Fantastic.
 
2. Luke blowing up the Death Star 
 
Little farm boy Luke Skywalker, who literally found out that he’s of Jedi blood and about the rebellion and all that, climbs into an X-Wing fighter and takes down the DEATH STAR! The most badass space station capable of destroying an entire planet, and little Luke takes it down, and without using his scope! He just FEELS the force and blows that ship UP. It is one of the most epic moments in Star Wars history. True, they start rebuilding the Death Star and Lando and Wedge have to go blow it up again in Return of the Jedi but the epicness of Luke destroying the Death Star in a New Hope is just unparalleled. It shows Luke’s capabilities and his right to be a Jedi Knight. Its a pivotal moment for him, a moment where he changes from farm boy to warrior.
1. Han Solo and Princess Leia-I Love You
 I know. So cheesy. Incredibly cheesy. Well, I am a girl and I am a nerd so it only makes sense that this moment would be the best moment for me. I mean, come on, Princess Leia and Han Solo are one of the most badass fictional couples ever. (I made a list once, check it out here). So when Leia finally blurts out “I love you”, I was cheering…and Han Solo, like the sexy badass that he is, just says “I know”. I KNOW. So awesome. So fantastically awesome. Han Solo can’t say “I love you too”, he’s too badass for that, so he says “I know” and its sexy and romantic and fitting and awesome. I dreamed for YEARS about saying I love you to a guy and having him say I know like that. (Side note: my boyfriend totally did this. He’s a keeper). Totally the best moment of the entire Star Wars saga.
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What about you guys huh? What are some of your favorite Star Wars moments? How do you feel about J.J. Abrams directing Episode 7? As always, let me know in the comments!

Tuesday Top Ten-Weapons of Choice

Ahhhh it feels good to be back, prescription writing for the blog. I spent most of last week on an editing bender, trying to get A Little Less than Famous done. I procrastinated in the worst way and left it to the last possible moments. Luckily I had asked to help from others earlier on and well I work better under pressure anyway.
But it is done now and available for Kindle and Nook and their corresponding apps. You can find out how to buy it in this blog post.
Then immediately after finishing LLTF, my boyfriend and I took a weekend trip to San Francisco. Which was amazingly fun because I haven’t been there since I was a kid.
But anyway I’m back and we are back to a regular schedule. Today I will be doing the Tuesday Top Ten, and the Book of the Week will be back on Thursday and so on.
Now, this week’s top ten is all about those weapons of choice, the ones that our favorite fictional characters wield that we totally wish we could have. Here it is.
10. Trident 
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There’s something kind of badass about a trident. I’m not talking about the one Ariel’s father uses in Little Mermaid. I’m talking Poseidon from Percy Jackson and the delicious Finnick Odair from the Hunger Games. You put a trident in their hands and they become warriors. Finnick just looks like a pretty face and a hot body (which, I mean, he is) but he becomes pretty badass with a trident in his hand. I wouldn’t mind taking lessons on how to wield one from him. The best part is that you don’t NEED anything. You don’t need a bow AND an arrow or ammunition. You just need a trident in each hand and some badass skills.
9. Whip 
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There are two people who use a whip that make it one of the coolest weapons around: Indiana Jones and Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments series. I mean, where would Indiana be without his trusty whip in his adventures? Nowhere, I tell you. And Isabelle? She uses her flashy gold and silver whip to chop up demons! There is something very sexy about that, which makes it even more awesome. I mean, Isabelle walks into a room, looking sexy as hell, dressed in all black, red lipstick, stilettos…and then pulls out that whip. And come on, the first thing that you’re thinking is WHOA! Then she uses it to chop demons into pieces…and she’s damn good at it. That’s awesome.
8. Stele 
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I don’t know that this is a weapon, but more a tool to assist a Shadowhunter. It’s wand like and pen like, and it’s used Mark Shadowhunters with runes. Runes are tattoos that help them right better: they give them stealth and swiftness, silence, strength, healing and fearlessness. I would love to draw these tattoos on me. One, I just love tattoos (I think I’m a little addicted). And two, they give you powers. They give you the ability to be stealthy or fearless or they help you to be invisible to mundanes (regular humans). Plus you just look damn cool.
7. Blaster 
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I know, they aren’t exactly the most civilized weapons in the galaxy and that Obi Wan Kenobi looks down on them with distaste but come on, the war couldn’t have been won without some good blaster power. Luke was the only with a lightsaber and he couldn’t take down the whole Evil Galatic Empire on his own now, could he? So we need a good blaster to help take down the enemy and we need the best man to handle it, Han Solo. Han Solo, the scoundrel with his loud and messy weapon, and his wild partner in crime, Chewie. I’m not talking guns here; I’m talking blasters. Because blasters are better, for their sound effects alone. Who doesn’t go around, saying “pew pew” after seeing Star Wars.
6. Sword
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There’s nothing like a good ‘ol sword to make you feel pretty powerful. Look at everyone in the Game of Thrones. Once Upon a Time. Alanna, Keladry and Aly of Tortall. Every fairy tale ever. The Heir Trilogy. The Seven Realms novels. Lord of the Rings. Percy Jackson and his sword, Riptide. And on and on and on. There is a beauty and powerfulness to the idea of have skills in swordsmanship. Even just the idea of having a sword hang on my belt makes me feel more powerful. I want to walk casually into a room, my hand resting on my sword hilt, letting everyone know that I am not someone to toy with. And think about it, I’m a tiny person. I’m not someone you see and think “OH NO, SHE’S INTIMIDATING!” No way. But one of my favorite fictional swordswomen is Alanna of Trebond from the Song of the Lioness series and she’s the tiniest and fiercest heroine with a sword in her hand. If she can do it, I definitely can do it.
5. Bow and arrow
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This is probably the most popular weapon right now. Between Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Hawkeye in the Avengers, Oliver Queen a.k.a. Green Arrow in Arrow, and even Kili in The Hobbit. Legolas in the Lord of the Rings. Daryl in the Walking Dead. Merida in Brave. Even little Arya in Game of Thrones.  And on and on and on. Especially with Katniss Everdeen. Archery is the hip thing right now. And I’m right on board with that. The fact is, archery just looks SO COOL. Its kind of an old school weapon, you know? You don’t really see the Army or the Navy busting out bows and arrows and shooting them in Afghanistan and Iraq. But old school is awesome, and it just feels like…you have to have more talent to wield a bow and arrow. Sure, you need a good eye and some aim to shoot a gun but to use a bow properly is that much harder which is why its one that I wish I had.
Update: As I was writing this post, a commercial for the new Tomb Raider came on…and wouldn’t you know it, Ms Lara Croft herself seems to be using a bow and arrow nowadays…and that doesn’t surprise me a bit!)
4. Sonic screwdriver
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Okay, this isn’t exactly a weapon. Okay, it isn’t a weapon at all. But its soooooooo cool and where the hell would the Doctor be without it? Stuck behind locked doors, confused about things he had never seen before, completely incapable of overriding something on a computer or a terminal or a ship or whatever. The fact is, the Doctor isn’t the Doctor without the sonic screwdriver (and the TARDIS but that’s a WHOLE ‘nother blog post). The sonic is just kind of this little magical device that can do pretty much anything, except when it comes to wood, and its a PRACTICAL weapon. It may not actually win you any battles but its a clever little tool and I definitely want one. Plus every single time the Doctor uses the sonic on something, he has some sort of intelligent nonsense to say and everyone believes him because they don’t know any better and he’s the Doctor so he has to be right. I’d like to just walk up to something random, sonic it and then spout off some eloquent bullsh*t. I’m sure I could do it.
3. Seraph blade
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For those of you who don’t know what a seraph blade is, its from the Mortal Instruments series (and maybe other series that deal with Nephilim, I don’t know). TMI is about a group of people called Nephilim or Shadowhunters, who have a sole purpose of keeping the earth safe from demons. They used their stele in order to draw Marks on their bodies to give them various strengths and powers. But the actual weapon that they use is called a seraph blade, a blade that looks like its made of ice, until you name it. A Shadowhunter gives a seraph blade its name, a name of an Angel because, of course, they are half angel/half human, and the blade begins to glow, and its the perfect weapon to take down a nasty demon. It just sounds so AWESOME. Its not a sword, its not a dagger; its something inbetween and its created for the single purpose of taking down a demon. AND IT GLOWS. I want it, because, let’s face it, besides being a wizard or a Jedi, I want to be a Shadowhunter most in the world.
2. A wand
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I know, I know, its not number one. People are probably having a hissy fit right now but just pay attention for a moment okay? I want a wand because it basically can do ANYTHING. I mean, it can’t create food as we learned from Ron and Hermione in Deathly Hallows but it can duplicate it. You can hover things and you can summon things and banish them. You can change your appearance and enlarge things. You can turn off lights and open doors and you can make flowers bloom and so many things. You need seven years of schooling to master the purpose of using a wand and even then, I’m sure you don’t know it all. It is the ultimate weapon. You may ask, well, Sara, you’re a Potterhead, why isn’t it your number one? Well for two reasons: one, its not very big, which means I’m likely to lose it. I’m horrible at keeping track of things and I could totally see myself constantly losing my wand the way I lose my cell phone or my keys. And two, its SMALL. This wand is basically my lifeline as a wizard and its so small and insignificant. I’m so terrified it would be snapped in half and then where I be? Even so, its definitely a weapon I’d like to have.
1. Lightsaber 
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Ah, yes, the classiest weapon in all the galaxy. A weapon for a more civilized age. And seriously, what every little kid wishes they could have. Hell, what every ADULT wishes they could have. And if they don’t want one, well, my opinion is that they are straight up crazy. Its even BETTER than a traditional sword because it glows, in different colors of red, blue, green and purple and it can be deactivated so, you know, you don’t sit on it or something. (What? I can totally imagine stabbing myself in the butt with my sword when I go to sit down…). I don’t care who you are; lightsabers are super cool. The noise they make when they activate, the noise they make when you use them, the noise they make when they collide with each other. The gorgeous arc they make as you swing them at your opponent. How could you not want this? Its all the beauty and class of a sword but in a more badass format.
Hope you all enjoyed this edition of the Tuesday Top Ten (on a Wednesday but who’s paying attention) and I hope you all tune in tomorrow for the Book of the Week. I’ve read so many books the past few weeks (The ENTIRE Heir Trilogy, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Matched, The Maze Runner, Beautiful Creatures, and so on) so I need to decide which one to actually review. I guess we’ll see tomorrow.
Until then, what are your favorite weapons (or fictional objects) of choice? Let me know in the comments!
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