Our series of interviews “From Different Points of View” highlights Star Wars fans from across the world and allows them to tell you about Star Wars fandom from their point of view and how it has influenced their lives and the direction it has taken them.
This week’s point of view is from the United States, and it is Annie.
When did your love of Star Wars begin and what was it that drew you to it?
I first saw Star Wars when I was 14. My Dad said I needed to watch it since one of my favourite movies at that time was Mel Brooks’ brilliant parody, Spaceballs. As soon as I watched the Original Trilogy, I was intrigued by the storytelling and how the plot was more in line with fairytales than it was science fiction. I loved the characters, especially Princess Leia, who I still want to emulate in my everyday life!
How has Star Wars influenced you?
Star Wars has influenced me to stand up for what I believe in, and Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher specifically made me realize that my struggles don’t define me.
What is your most memorable Star Wars moment?
One year at Comic Con, I designed my own C-3PO dress to wear when I met Anthony Daniels. A friend’s mom brilliantly sewed it for me since I lack those skills. Anthony Daniels himself was so impressed by the costume that when he saw me in the crowd at his panel, he brought me up on stage and had me (as well as other audience members) re-enact the desert scene from A New Hope. It was a thrill to play C-3PO in a scene “directed” by the real C-3PO!
How do you celebrate your fandom, do you for example collect anything, cosplay or have a tattoo?
I am a member of the Rebel Legion and portray Princess Leia for local events through the local chapter of the group. I also collect anything and everything C-3PO!
What’s the best part of being a member of Star Wars communities?
The best part of being in the Star Wars community for me is definitely the friendships I’ve made along the way.
What are your next plans for Star Wars?
I want to put together another Rebel Legion costume sometime in the future, but first I need to decide which costume that will be!
What are you looking forward to from Lucasfilm Ltd and Star Wars in the future?
To end each point of view we ask you to answer some rapid fire questions, gut feeling and no hesitation…
- Favourite Star Wars Film? –A New Hope
- Favourite Character? – C-3PO
- Most ridiculous random piece of merchandise? – Probably my Threepio earbuds that I have in my collection but refuse to use
- Holiday Special or Caravan of Courage? – Holiday Special, as strange as it is!
- Clone Wars or Rebels? – Rebels
- Worst Star Wars film? – Attack of the Clones
- Porgs or Ewok? – Ewoks
- Treasured Star Wars possession? – Carrie Fisher’s autograph
- What colour of lightsaber would you have? – Pink
- What planet would you visit? – Alderaan (before the Death Star got to it)