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How The Last Jedi Turned Me Into A Reylo Shipper And What, Exactly, I’m Planning To Do About It
So let me talk specifically about how The Last Jedi changed my mind about a punk bitch and the warrior princess who’ll always be too good for him. I can identify three separate but connecting factors:

1. The Force Bond

Shipping culture is big on pairs who are two halves of a whole, as well as the enemies-to-lovers set-up. It’s kind of surprisingly that this is the first time that the Star Wars movies are playing with that in terms of building sexual tension on top of a Force dichotomy. But is there anything that gets the juices flowing more than an intense, scrappy dynamic between two people who shouldn’t even be TALKING to each other, let alone sharing deep personal secrets? No, there’s not.

Like…they’re literally in each other’s heads. They are connected more intimately than any other two characters in the entire movie. So ship it or not, you can’t really blame anyone else for going there. The first time it happened in the The Last Jedi, distant ambulance sirens went off somewhere in my head because Force Bonds are so fanfic that it hurts. (They may as well have ended up at a hotel with only one one-bed room left.) Because it’s not just about what we actually see in canon. It’s about the possibilities that canon opens up. The moisture on the gloves was a bold and particularly horny choice. And the shirtless scene speaks for itself. As if Ben Solo fangirls were going to listen to ANYONE after that.


2. The Near-Miss

So, keep in mind that Rey had zero friends until Finn showed up on Jakku. And Kylo Ren is the loneliest goth boy in school. (That’s his own fault, but still important.) They’re both desperate to understand themselves and to feel as if they belong somewhere. And they’re strangely desperate to bring each other over to their respective way of thinking. Though he’s told her it’s hopeless, Rey gives Luke the whole “but Daddy, I love him!” routine before she jets off in the Falcon to save his former student. And it’s just human nature to want her to succeed because we love Rey and we want her to be happy and triumphant. But there’s more at work in her than just the desire to remove a Dark leader from power. She wants to believe that her own instincts are right and that she hasn’t been spending all this time with a monster. She wants to believe that they are connected for a reason. (And fwiw, yeah, I think Snoke was lying when he said it was him who created that link.) Rey craves attachment, but she won’t abandon her values to hold onto it.

Which brings me to the throne room scene, which is where it all went to hell. (For me. I could not deal with it on either my first or second viewing. This is when the Bruce Banner-sized Reylo feels I got from the Force Bond scenes exploded into a Hulk-like reality.) The way Rian Johnson lets that tension build as Snoke holds Rey captive and Kylo makes his decision. The thrill of the turning point, where Kylo ices Snoke. And when two people with contradictory goals and values can fight a common enemy together with that kind of wordless harmony, the mind actually races. The movie gives us what we want only to sour it a couple of minutes later, basically pouring gasoline on that ship. They may SAY they want resolution, but there’s nothing a fandom like this loves more than having the carrot that was in front of them snatched away.

And finally:

3. She. Says. No.

The greatest aspect of Reylo as it exists right now is that Rey doesn’t fall for it. While fans may be under the spell of the possible redemption of Ben Solo, she snaps out of it. (Or rather, she gives up on the idea that turning him is HER job. She’s washing her hands of the burden, because he’s being shitty and she has other things to do.) It’s a beautiful thing. Because it’s not romance when he says, “You are nothing, but not to me.” (And you’re killing me with these Darcy comparisons, Tumblr. Read the book again.) It’s an attempt to direct her insecurities and shore up his own power. But at the same time, I was like, “Oh damn, he’s really in it. That poor bastard.” I honestly feel like Kylo Ren doesn’t want JUST to use her, but that he has this Dark Queen fantasy that Rey has no interest in embodying. So we get the tease of the enemies-to-lovers consummation capped off with a satisfying rejection that keeps Rey the heroine we need and deserve.


Here’s the great secret of shipping, you guys: enjoying a pairing doesn’t mean that you want it to happen in canon. I can’t conceive of a resolution of his arc that makes Kylo Ren worthy of Rey. (And if that does happen, the likelihood is that worthiness would only come from him sacrificing himself for her. And we done did that in Star Wars already.) I’ve seen a lot of lecturing about how problematic this ship is, and though I’ve definitely seen “my poor sad boy save him” posts too, I think a lot of us are fandom veterans who know that that’s true, thank you very much. But I’m definitely not going to apologize for finding some fun in reading into their canon interactions and delving into transformative fan works that — let’s be absolutely clear on this — are NOT rationalizing abusive relationships in any way. Because fiction.

Of course, someone who’s unclear about what healthy relationships look like could certainly utilize Reylo in their delusion, but that’s true of so many things. That’s a larger issue to be dealt with, and people who write fan fic on the internet for free are not responsible for the psychological and emotional wellbeing of the entire moviegoing populace. I don’t like to see intra-fan policing when, for the most part, we’re distracting ourselves from a real trash world where real trash men behave like real trash by finding a fictional trash man and his trash attempt at wooing his crush a tiiiiiny bit sexy and interesting. Let us live, god damn.
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2 days ago by herchuckness
Why do Star Wars Fans Want the New Han Solo Movie to Flop?
because they are f**king crybabies who need to grow up. Not everything is soley for their benefit.
to_read  Star_Wars 
4 days ago by beckymonster
J.J. Abrams on ‘Star Wars’ Fans Who Didn’t Like ‘Last Jedi’ | IndieWire
J.J. Abrams: ‘Star Wars’ Fans Who Didn’t Like ‘Last Jedi’ Are ‘Threatened’ By Women Characters - no poodoo Sherlock!
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4 days ago by beckymonster
Solo: A Star Wars Story - Movie Trailers - iTunes
In Theatres May 25th, 2018 |© 2018 Lucasfilm
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars sagas most unlikely heroes.
star_wars  movies  trailer  superbowl  commercials  itunes 
12 days ago by rgl7194
Han Solo film finally has a trailer, complete with Millennium Falcon and a Wookiee [Updated] | Ars Technica
Dated for Memorial Day 2018; now with longer, dialogue-filled version.
Update, 2/5: A longer, and wholly remixed, version of Sunday's Solo trailer went live on Monday morning. In addition to significantly more Millennium Falcon footage, this updated trailer includes actual dialogue, particularly a monologue from new Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich explaining his rag-tag origins and his desire to become a pilot. The trailer makes evident that Ehrenreich will not attempt a one-to-one replica of actor Harrison Ford's style and delivery but also includes obvious flashes of Ford-like snark and swagger. We've slapped the new trailer into the bottom of this report.
As predicted by many a hopeful Star Wars fan, this year's Super Bowl LII included the world's first look at the upcoming 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The 45-second "teaser" trailer comes packed with just about everything you need to confirm that this is indeed a film about a younger Han Solo: flashes of a Millennium Falcon; an Imperial base that Solo has somehow infiltrated while making promises of becoming "the best pilot in the galaxy"; and brief-but-clear shots of iconic characters such as Lando Calrissian (played by Donald Glover) and a big, might-be-Chewbacca Wookiee.
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12 days ago by rgl7194
Well, here’s the first teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story: Watch | Consequence of Sound
Believe it: The next anthology film in the Star Wars franchise arrives on May 25th
Fun fact: It’s been less than two months since the now-incredibly polarizing Star Wars: The Last Jedi divided the fanbase into two warring sides. That’s okay, though, because the decidedly less polarizing film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, will soon hit theaters. How soon? Well, the goddamn thing comes out on May 25th, and by our estimation, that’s exactly 110 days away. In other words, if a couple went and saw The Last Jedi, and fell for the Finn and Rose shipping, and then decided they wanted to have a kid, that kid would still have a couple more months left in the womb. Man, I’m just so tired of all these Star Wars.
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12 days ago by rgl7194
Monstrosity Superstar Styles • kafkinated: I hear this in his voice everytime.
Look at all the fucks I don't give.

Look at them Anakin!

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13 days ago by sechilds
Natalie Portman drops another rap on SNL, with help from Andy Samberg: Watch | Consequence of Sound
The veteran actress spits fire about dildos, smokes a blunt while giving birth, and defends the honor of the Star Wars prequel
12 years ago, when Natalie Portman made her SNL debut, she memorably shed her good girl image and dropped a few bars about drugs, sex, and cheating on tests at Harvard. This evening, she made her long-awaited return to Studio 8H with another rap in tow. She may be 12 years older and now mother of two, but Natalie maintains her vicious edge. In the X-rated digital short, aptly titled “Natalie’s 2nd Rap,” the actress spits fire about clickbait and dildos, compares her husband’s penis to a Chipotle burrito, and smokes a blunt while giving birth. She also defends the honor of the Star Wars prequels, reuniting with both Jar Jar Binks and Andy Samberg (the latter of who was featured in the original rap). Watch it all below.
SNL  comedy  rap  actress  celebrity  star_wars  NSFW 
15 days ago by rgl7194
Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer premieres on Good Morning America: Watch | Consequence of Sound
Last night, Disney and Lucasfilm offered a first glimpse of their hilarious new anthology film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, with a teaser trailer teeming with lighthearted fare. You know, like Star Destroyers materializing out of lightning storms and moody portraits of stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Woody Harrelson. Willow wunderkind Ron Howard has clearly delivered a rare comedy gem.
Now they’re back with a longer trailer, which the Mouse House opted to drop on Good Morning America. In hindsight, it was a smart move, seeing how most studios offered short teasers during the Super Bowl with the hopes of people finding the full thing online right after. But, c’mon, nobody is leaving that fun dip and their seat on the couch to watch a trailer. So, this move gives our favorite smuggler a proper spotlight.
movies  star_wars  trailer  superbowl 
15 days ago by rgl7194
[Star Wars: The Force Awakens] sabrina - Consider the Lilies - Kylo Ren/Hux
It was never Hux's goal to become the Republic's utmost authority on rare Alderaanian plants, but then again he had precious little control over that life thus far. It was never Hux's goal to become obsessed with a Jedi that won't stop visiting his garden to meditate and 'enjoy the view', but it's possible his control over that is marginal also.

(Canon-divergence AU)
sabrina  au  drama  romance  novella  25-50k  star_wars  the_force_awakens  kylo_ren/hux 
20 days ago by atomicduck
[Star Wars: The Last Jedi] verybadhedgehog - Personal Staff - Kylo Ren/Hux
Supreme Leader Ren discovers a rumour that General Hux is receiving sexual favours from a member of his personal staff.
verybadhedgehog  humour  smut  one-shot  5-10k  star_wars  the_last_jedi  kylo_ren/hux 
22 days ago by atomicduck

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