• Marie E. Wilson

Adventures at the Sci-Fi Fantasy Fest!

A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of participating on four panels at a local convention. Needless to say, I had a blast! The topics were broad and varied and I found my mind being stretched and my wits tested by fellow panelists and audience members alike. The four panels were: Star Wars-Everything, Canon Connections, Episode VIII, and Galaxy’s Edge. I’ll run down each panel individually below, allowing you to join me in a very interesting Star Wars conversation.

First up was Star Wars: Everything! Yes, everything...I had no idea what to expect going into this one but was ready for anything...or so I thought. The panel took place at 10pm and there were a surprising number of people in attendance. We had four panelists total (one of which abhors The Last Jedi and hasn’t really read any of the books or comics, two that like me partake in as much Star Wars literature as possible--see them pictured, and of course myself). Because the one panelist who hates The Last Jedi is also a very outspoken individual, he led by posing a question to the audience: How do y’all feel about the current state of Star Wars? Some people said they were upset, others said they were happy (and seemed to be visibly uncomfortable in stating this fact), others seemed to be unsure.

This panelist’s personal answer to the question was that he is disappointed by the direction it’s taking and he’s so frustrated by it because he loves the franchise so much...to which I rebutted, “So you’re saying that I don’t love Star Wars because...I love Star Wars?” I’m gonna give myself a pat on the back for that one as it received quite a few claps of acknowledgement from the audience. It was an interesting dynamic though for sure. I’ve managed to insulate myself in a prequel-loving, sequel-appreciating bubble on Twitter (for the most part) such that I hardly ever see the toxic side of fandom. It’s a pretty great bubble to b