musings while allatsea

Musings of a curious individual

Farewell Princess

A long time ago

In a galaxy close by

our Princess left us for another realm

She has left a large disturbance in the force 

And she will be missed by fans from all over the world

Yesterday the shocking news was announced that Carrie Fisher  had passed away following a cardiac event while en route to California from the United Kingdom.

The news, coming as it did after a year that saw the loss of so many talented people, was a blow to Star Wars buffs all over. We had lost our Princess.

Princess Leia was amongst the first science fiction heroines that “kicked serious ass” in a manner that appealed to male and female. A strong female character like her is not always easy to appreciate, the old MCP mindset says that women cannot be kicking serious ass, while parts of the female mindset says she should leave the ass kicking to the hero. Irrespective, the fact remains she was tough, she took no crap and she killed off Jabba The Hutt while clad in a slave girl outfit. She was a strong role model for girls who finally had somebody who stood up there and battled the bad guys just like the hero. Heck, she was the hero!  

I am an old school Star Wars fan, I grew up with the original 3 movies and they were what defined my outlook towards the canon. She was the one who told us that she would “rather kiss a wookie” and she probably did too. Unfortunately the 3rd movie saw much of her “kick assness” removed and she was a much softer and almost whimpish character. It mattered not though because she would always be our Princess. 

Carrie Fisher will probably always be remembered for her chelsea bun wearing hairstyle, and shooting storm troopers while dashing through the death star. But in real life she was a talented writer, producer, humourist and actress who battled drugs and a bipolar disorder. Once Star Wars was completed her career carried on although she will probably always be best known as Princess Leia.   

In her book, Wishful Drinking, she wrote about her eventual obituary: “I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”  Sadly, it was not her bra that let her down but her heart..

She will be remembered by us all and Star Wars will never quite be the same again. Our Princess has gone, leaving so many shallow,  selfie loving, vapid celebs behind who could not come close to her talent and would not be able to kiss a Wookie even if they could spell it.   . 

Rest in Peace Carrie Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016)

*Update*

Debbie Reynolds, mother of Carrie Fisher passed away from a stroke a day after her daughter

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