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May 29, 2010 | 4:11 PM EDT
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So in essence, the goal of fan-fiction is the desire to instill an idea or theme that may be missing in an existing story. While Star Wars may perhaps be the most widely marketed creative property - we still know very little about how young Jedi are selected and trained. Since I am a teacher, I have always been drawn to this glaring hole.

If you follow Lucas's cannon, Jedi are identified very young - removed to a Jedi training temple (books identify several) and are trained in monk-fashion to reject petty emotions, exemplify patience and mental diligence, and put the betterment of others before oneself.

The problem is, these are CHILDREN. If you follow any developmental hierarchy principle, most children (alien or not) are very self-centered until the age of 12+. Even after that, the teenage years are quite chaotic as people transition between the "me" of childhood to the "we" of adulthood. If the values of the Jedi are best represented by the highest levels of these developmental hierarchies, then it is wise to say that not only do most ADULTS never reach such lofty selfless world-views, but it seems silly to think that children can.

Over the years, I let my mind play with these ideas and from them, these two Jedi girls emerged. The theme is: what happens to those Jedi who mean well, but struggle in achieving the purest form of mental and social discipline?

The oldest girl is your average rebellious teenager. She is old enough to realize the importance of world-view, but still to young to understand why she should care. Like most teenagers, she is moody and indifferent - and while not mean or evil, her attitude comes off as rebellious as she tries to "find her own way." Thus the original Jedi garb complete with combat boots and a unique non-standard lightstaff.

The younger girl is cute and adorable, but is still too young to see beyond herself. Still in the "I'm hungry, I'm tired, I'm bored..." stage seen in kids around 9 to 11 years old - while a good kid, she often finds herself in trouble and rarely understands why. A people-pleaser, she wants to do the right thing and often copies the wrong traits of the older girl. Still in conservative Jedi clothes, she still dresses them up with her teddy bear backpack and was a bit upset her lightsaber was not pink in color.

So, if you got through all that text - congrats. Basically that is the enemy of any fan-fic. Copyright issues aside, the main problem is "why should people spend time reading/caring about your addition to an established universe." In the end, that is probably why these two girls will never get beyond just a silly idea and a rare drawing.

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DashBoardSatanDashBoardSatan

Rated 5 / 5 stars

We are intrigued.

We find these characters very interesting and would like to see more. We especially like the non-standard lightstaff. Maybe you could make more drawings of these two if nothing else? We would appreciate it.



blehpowerblehpower

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

umm..

the saber staff's handle is too long?
^^
thats all :D
everything else's awesome


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Redcavalier1001Redcavalier1001

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Never saw it that way

Start off with commenting on your art, I like it a lot. Nice clean lines, good color selection, and I like how you can get a feel for each character the second you look at them.
Ok, and about your description, I think it's awesome. I really liked how you broke it down, analyzed it, and put a real world spin on the Star Wars universe. Thanks for sharing your some of your thought process! I always find stuff like that interesting to read.
Overall, this is some awesome work man!


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