Showing posts from November, 2015

A Queer Reading of "Star Wars"

In the lead up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there has been one burning question: where is Luke Skywalker? The speculation has led to a pretty popular theory that Luke has turned to the dark side and is actually the primary antagonist of the new film. Should this turn out to be true, it once again proves that JJ Abrams' "Mystery Box" thing is pretty meaningless because of the Internet. Spoilers don't actually spoil movies, bad storytelling spoils movies. Perpetuating fan theories creates expectations; expectations lead to disappointment; disappointment leads to...suffering?
Anyway, while this theory isn't really based on anything more than a couple of trailers, it has caused me to reexamine the original trilogy and develop my own reading of Luke Skywalker's journey. Though this reading may very well be debunked in the coming film, the interpretation adds a lot of depth and intrigue to the original story. Of course, I'm referring to the idea that Luke Sk…