thistlerose: by <lj user="beachicons"> (Leia)
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I've lost beloved celebrities before, but I don't think I ever cried over one; there was always a distance that grief couldn't bridge. But when I read about Carrie Fisher this afternoon, even though it wasn't such a surprise, given her heart attack a few days ago, I just curled up and sobbed. I don't remember a time when I didn't know and love Star Wars, and I can't remember a time when I didn't look up to Princess Leia. I think she was the first character to show me that you didn't have to be a man to have authority, to be strong. You didn't even have to be "one of the boys." A feminine woman can be a leader. (And if you try to subjugate her she'll strangle you with her own chain.) Hell, I'm thirty-six years old and I still sometimes pretend I'm her when I'm riding my bike through the woods, imagining I'm on my speeder on Endor.

It wasn't until a few years ago that I read her books, and came to understand what a hard life Carrie had led, and how strong and intelligent and funny and compassionate she was. And she was only 60 years old. She wasn't finished. I love her and I'll miss her.
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