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Holiday Table Conversations

It’s the time of year for gathering with friends and family, so I invited my good friend and fellow author, David Lee Summers, and his wife, over for dinner. No, David doesn’t write contemporary romance. He writes steampunk, science fiction, and horror, so naturally the conversation turned to fiction writing, and famous fictional characters. We got to talking about Star Wars.

I love Star Wars. I saw the first one on the big screen a few weeks after it premiered, and it was amazing. To me, it was like a sci-fi version of Camelot, complete with knights, a princess, and an evil wizard. What really made the story work was the characters. We talked about how well they were thought out and developed. Then came the prequels. (Not bad. Not great, but not bad.) After that came the Disney sequels. Ugh! Suffice to say the rest of the conversation was about the importance of character arcs and consistency in storytelling.

So, what is a character arc? Simply put, a character arc is how the character grows and changes as the story progresses. For example, Ian, in The Reunion seems to come up with every excuse possible to avoid making a commitment to Gillian, in spite of the fact that she truly is the love of his life. As the story progresses, he has to come to terms with himself and exorcise his inner demons if he is to find happiness. However, his personality does not change. At the end of the story, Ian is still Ian. He’s just a little wiser from the experience.

Unfortunately for Star Wars; the Disney version of their most iconic character, Luke Skywalker, was almost unrecognizable from the Lucas version we all knew and loved. Luke had gone for an idealistic young man who was willing to sacrifice himself in order to save his father to a cynic who tried to murder his own nephew. The script so poorly done that I didn’t bother seeing the final sequel, which was very sad. I truly loved the Star Wars saga. 

So, what can I say? Some people get together and discuss sports, current events, or politics. Get a group of storytellers together, and we’ll sit around and analyze famous, iconic characters, and talk about what makes them work. Our inspiration often comes from other storytellers. The original Star Wars helped inspire me to become an author and storyteller myself. 

Marina Martindale



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