Hahah, after all those Anakin's, I just thought I'd give mah dear Luke boy some love And what background could suit them more than the epic Tatooine sunset shown in Episode IV? <3
Haha, actually, there's more to this pic...and if you know me, you also know what's coming- exactly!! HELL LONG DESCRIPTION/RANT AHEAD. Read to your own risk (or maybe don't read it at all).
Ok, so, since I came back into the Star Wars fandom I've talked with quite a lot people who claim to hate the New Trilogy, that "it sucks", that "the characters are bad" and so on. While I completely disagree with that, because both trilogies have their flaws and their own good things, and it's pretty much senseless to compare them since they are just so different (and if you really hate the NT you can just ignore it! The Classic can stand on their own after all) I have to admit that sometimes, during this kind of conversations, I have had these INSANE THOUGHTS like "Oh God, enough with this Classic Trilogy!!". Then, every time I realized what I was thinking, regained reason and I was like "What the hell am I thinking?? I LOVE the Classic Trilogy so much D:" and so I felt like clarifying something by drawing this thing...
Point is, I just hate it so much when people came to me just to insult the New Trilogy and say that I shouldn't like it. WTF? Everyone has the right to like what they like. In my case, the NT, Episode III in particular, has a very personal meaning to me. People can say it's the worst movie ever, and I will still LOVE every.single.second of it. And find the good in it.
Yeah, mostly when people insult the NT I feel like they're attacking Episode III, so I feel insulted as well...xD sigh! Ok it's stupid, but that movie means a lot to me...
Don't get me wrong: of course it's good to share opinions and talk, but some people with whom I talked (not here on dA yet though) are just really disrespectful of others and keep insulting like their opinion was God's word or something ._.'
My point is: only because you dislike the NT, or don't see the good in it, be it Episode I, II or III (like Obi-Wan couldn't see the good in Vader anymore, unlike Luke : D Oh ok I'll shut up now) doesn't mean that there isn't any, or that other people can't like those movies for their own tastes or simply for personal reasons, like having watched them in a particular period of their life (like happened to me) or just because they have different thoughts from yours... for example, let's take the most hated: in Episode I there may be a lot of bad things/script/whatever you want, but personally I love Qui-Gon's character, and how insecure Obi-Wan seems as a young padawan, and the final duel with Darth Maul. So what? For these reasons, I like Episode I (since I was 7 lol) and I can't really change that.
I really can understand where people who hate the NT come from though (and I never claimed one trilogy is better than the other) ; I know the feeling of waiting for something so much, hoping it will be cool and awesome and then feel disappointed, because it happened to me with other stuff. (as for SW, I watched the New before the Classic so...xD) But that doesn't mean they have to insult people who like all the six movies or make them feel like they are inferior or something...haha! XD Personal taste is personal taste lol.
Anyway, there are also people that love the Classic Trilogy more but still respect the New, and those are the guys with which is good talking and sharing opinions. But I guess this works with everything and every subject, not only SW. Nobody likes to talk with those know-it-all that only want to be right and feel superior to others. ._.
Sorry again for the long talk! I just wanted to make things clear on my side 'cause I had this on my stomach and I don't wanna fight over something I love so much...I just think everyone should talk respecting each other's opinions!
Anyway to cut it short....I LOVE THE WHOLE STAR WARS SAGA AND NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE THAT! And it was about time I'd drew these two together!!! I think I'm starting to see Luke's character under a new light, and I can't wait until I get the chance to re-watch the oldies 8D
I really enjoyed drawing this, even though it's a hard period for me and everything, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did drawing it
Now it's better that I go to bed because it's really late!
PS: yep, that awful round thing behind Anakin is Owen and Beru's house xD
I guess the reason the 'Old School' doesn't like the new trilogy is a number of reasons. Let me say first of all that you seem like a really great artist and person and I'm going to try to go out of my way to be in-offensive. So if I do offended, it was not my intention.
1) The dialogue is bad. It's really really bad, there's no getting around it. Lucas can't do dialogue for beans. Saying 'sand is rough, I like soft things' will never ever be romantic. Just never.
Okay, that's the most negative thing I have to say out of the way, sort of like tearing off the bandage.
2) When Episode 1 came out, we'd been waiting for it for nearly thirty years. No way was it EVER going to live up to our expectations. We'd also been hoping for something more like the Timothy Zahn trilogy (at least I was) or even the Rogue Squadron. So we felt betrayed and reacted accordingly. The internet is also a great place for people to get together and hate on things. Very Sith actually :/.
3) The use of mediclorians made the Force seem less mystical and more clinical. It's like saying 'Love isn't love, it's just chemicals'. That may be true, but saying so takes the romance out of it, literally. There could have been another way to explain how awesome and amazing Anakin was without breaking it down like that. Also, the virgin birth of Anakin seemed silly, not awe inspiring.
4) The racist aliens. I know that watching the Trade Federation aliens made me really really uncomfortable, since they seemed to have an accent that made fun of Chinese to English speakers. I went to see it with my class as a special treat, and was hyper aware of exchange students from China sitting near me. And while Ahmed Best seems like a great guy, I, like many others, do not care for Jar Jar Binks.
5) There's no 'everyman'. We don't have a Han Solo type, a person who isn't a lost heir to the Jedi, or a princess, or a senator, or a clone. Everyone in the prequel trilogies is extra special some how, we don't have someone who can take a step back from the situation and say 'you killed all those Tuskens? What the hell man!?'.
Okay, now I'm going to talk about what I DID like about the prequels, because I did like some things.
1) The scenery and the costumes are AMAZING. There wasn't a scene that didn't look like it wasn't painted, it was so beautiful. Amidalas costumes are especially good.
2) Some really great actors. Frank Oz reprizing Yoda, Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan, Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu, Natalie Portman (woo!) great choices who brought a lot to the roles they had. Cherry on top to me is Palpatine, played by Ian McDiarmid. He is just...so....evil. Brrr.
3) The fall of Anakin. This is tragic stuff, and he had so many chances to turn away, and didn't. He is doomed by his sense of pride and his jealousy and Palpatine plays him like a mother lovin' fiddle.
4) Obi Wan. I loooove Obi Wan so so so much, and he is great in the prequels, being compassionate and yet totally bad ass.
5) John Williams doing the music. No-one can resist the 'Duel of Fates', even the haters love it. He just brings that sense of grandeur and epic like no-one else (except maybe Howard Shore).
Now in closing, let me say this: When the Prequels came out, I was mad. I was really really mad, because I was disappointed. And I think that's mostly why people are mad about it, they're like kids who didn't get the toy they wanted for their birthday, so they throw a tantrum about it. I was one of them, and hey, I still like to get a good gripe about the prequels now and then. But you know what? It's just not that important anymore. I've realised that there are people out there who've grown up with these movies, and love them, and experience that sense of wonder and excitement, just the way I did when I was a little girl and watched the movies for the very first time. AND THAT'S OKAY, nothing can be wrong with loving something, it's definitely more positive then hating something. So even though I will never love or like the prequels, I understand those who do. So more power to ya, rock out with your light saber out.
P.S. Just imagine how people will react when Episode IIV comes out! X)
Hey there!! Sorry for the super late answer, just got around to read your comment and here I am!! x) Well, that's definitely a good way to discuss stuff without getting to hate or insult like so many people I came across.
To be honest, I actually agree with many things you said; I'd say the reasons you listed on why you like the prequels are also my favorite things about them, especially Anakin's fall. I am one of those people who grew up on the NT, so I basically grew up with Anakin. I identified in many of his moods and attitudes, so I kind of felt a connection to him that made me understand and love his character, so my main concern when people hate on the NT is how they seem to hate on Anakin just because, if you get what I mean.
I definitely feel you when you say that people who waited so long for the prequels are "like kids who didn't get the toy they wanted for their birthday", I totally can understand it because I've been feeling this way with SO many movies lately. The fact is that most of the time, even when they're definitely acting like that, they just find all the most absurd reasons to hate and insult and make it seem rightful when it really only feels like a personal matter of theirs.
And finally someone who explains the reasons why midichlorians didn't feel right haha. I can't say I really mind them, because I was seven when Episode I came out and it basically was my first full Star Wars movie, but now that you compared it to love I can finally get why many people feel them wrong and definitely agree with finding other ways to explain Anakin's potential and stuff instead of relying on something like that, yep.
Instead, I do not really mind Anakin's virgin birth, it's a Christian reference to emphasize the Messiah/Chosen One concept, so while it wasn't really necessary, I still think it's interesting. Also... it's a very personal opinion, but I kinda enjoy the "unromantic" dialogues in Episode II, haha! It may seem strange, but I like that very awkward feeling they have, I mean, they kind of show how Anakin is just plain awkward when it comes to Padmé, and totally inexperienced regarding love, which I think is okay considering how he grew up with all the Jedi training and so on.
Anyway, you actually made some very good points! If all the fans could be like you instead of hating and insulting :/ Sharing opinions in a constructive way, that's what a lot of Star Wars fans need to learn.
And thank you very much for your reply I didn't originally plan for my comment to be as long as it turned out, but something in me said 'No, this is good, this is a chance to be positive', and helped me work through some issues I've always had with fandom in general.
Writing this comment, I realised that I want fandom to be a great place, like a playground, where people can jump in and have a good time, not pick each other apart. To be inclusive, not exclusive. And someone like you makes it easy, which I appreciate. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond, and it doesn't matter to me that you took so long, but that you did.
I also love this art, omg Luke and Anakin are my two favorite star wars characters, my favorite duo, that's the same lightsaber. –flails-
Reply to LiquorishFlame: 1) The dialogue is at times bad, but I attribute some of that to bad acting. (I’m somewhat biased against live action shows. The Clone Wars animation doesn’t have stilted dialogue or acting, being voice acted). On a whole though the plot is amazing, and the dialogue between SW characters in general is far sharper than any other series I’ve seen.
2) I’m someone who saw the Prequels first so I didn’t have the time to fan rage. (SW still makes me rage though, OH do not get me wrong). I have been looking for something good to get into the EU – all I have seen is Dark Empire, but if Thrawn is good maybe I should read that. :3
3) The virgin birth imo isn’t supposed to be awe inspiring. It was one of Darth Plagius’ freakish experiments gone freakishly awry. Of course, that might be the ret-con explanation because I think Lucas was trying to use the quite terribad plot bunny of making Sidious Akakin’s father to mimic Empire. (Not enough brain bleach in the world to stop making me feel bad for Shmi). Luckily for my sanity he scrapped that idea, so believe it or not the prequels could have been WORSE on that front. As for Midiclorians', I like them. There is an unanswered open-ended question introduced by it. Can the force be explained with alien techno babble science or magic space deities? OR BOTH? See? The mystery is still there.
4) I don’t think that accents are that bad, they add some distinction to the character. However, playing to stereotypes might be worse, but that’s hard to do considering everyone’s aliens.
5) Closest is Obi-Wan Kenobi (Who actually does in effect do all that 'what the hell man' with Anakin, and is not extra-special at this point, aside from being a Jedi). In the Clone Wars series they add Ahsoka as the sane everyman. I agree though that sane everymen that FINALLY says the right things, makes the Rebellion trilogy much more interesting, because it is long overdue.
Now, as for when episode 7 comes out, I will rage so hard. I am already pre-raging before it’s even out. A movie without my two Skywalker bbys as the main protagonist? NO I CANT.
P.P.P.S. If you want to check out the EU, tread carefully. You could squish a hutt under the combined weight of all the books written. Here's a few you may enjoy:
'Rogue Squadron' series, lots of fun Top Gunning without the pretentious 80's vibe. Also a very good comic book series. Wedge does lots of cool stuff, we meet a great cast of characters (like Runt Elquesh, an alien that has multiple personalities that actually don't make him crazy but SANE), or Wes Janson, and Tycho Cellu, Wedges long time team-mates. Great stuff.
The 'Thrawn' trilogy Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command, by Timothy Zahnn, which I've mentioned before. Since you're an artist, you may want to check out the comic adaptation, which is very lovely. What's even better is they have so many different artists working on it, so you get to see different versions of some great characters. One of the stand out characters is the now famous Mara Jade, force adapt who is under a complement (is that a word?) to kill Luke Skywalker.
The Courtship of Princess Leia. Han finally realises his feelings for Leia when a prince starts to woo her. Ain't that always the way. There's also a planet full of force sensitives in the middle of a light vs dark force civil war.
The Jedi Academy trilogy. We get to see Luke teach! Finally! We get to see students struggle with the dark side. We get to see Leia do cool stuff! It's pretty damn cool is what I'm trying to say.
Okay, I'm going to stop writing now. You take care! Keep drawing Star Wars .
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