2016 just sucks between Donald “It’s all about ME” Trump and the loss of so many icons of my generation. 2016! No More! Two in one day is more than enough between Richard Adams and Carrie Fisher.
Carrie Fisher hurts the most I think of all 2016. She was two years younger than me and the selling point my brother used to lure me into going to see it with him. It had a girl as one of the heroes. I was not a Disney Princess kind of girl. Disney Princesses weren’t a thing when I was growing up. There was Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty and my favourite characters from those were Malificent and Flora, Fauna and Meriwether, the Dwarves and Gus Gus not the Princesses who had to be rescued.
In books if I had a heroine it was Ozma of Oz or Mary Poppins both of which could kick butt if they needed to do it. So when Princess Leia finally came along it was a revelation even though by then I was in my early 20s.
Star Wars was amazing for its time and the next two movies that followed were just as good. She may have had to wear a brass bikini as a slave girl but she still killed Jabba the Hutt when the boys couldn’t get it done.
Added to the fact that my little brother who died from brain cancer is the one that introduced me to the wonder of Star Wars, it only breaks my heart more.
And in the Force Awakens to see her as a general, still kicking butt as a mature woman, just wow!
She wasn’t afraid in real life either to show her struggles with mental health issues and that took more bravery than she had to show on the screen as a 19 year old.
I’m not someone that personally goes nuts over celebrities. I’ve been seeing them all my life in church or at the grocery store or just out and about, it’s just part of growing up here, but I’m afraid if I’d ever seen her at Gelson’s I would have just stopped cold and been a fan girl for a brief moment. A lot of my friends lost it over Bowie and some of the other icons we’ve lost this year and even though George Michael was the sound track of my lesbian disco days. Losing Carrie Fisher breaks my heart.