Why Reylo Just Doesn’t Work in Star Wars: Episode IX

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In the first article, we discussed how The Force Awakens portrayed Rey and Kylo’s relationship and how it differed from stories that use the ‘enemies to lovers’ trope in key ways. Now, we show why romantic Reylo is incompatible with the story going into Episode IX.

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The Case for Rey Skywalker: Another Interpretation

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In the first Case for Rey Skywalker, we presented the idea Luke knew who Rey was at the end of The Force Awakens and kept it from her to protect her. Now we present an alternative possibility. Continue reading The Case for Rey Skywalker: Another Interpretation

The Enemies to Lovers Trope vs. Rey and Kylo in the Force Awakens

Tropes serve the function of signaling story elements to the audience and of providing shortcuts to understanding said story. While badly-written tropes can come off as “cliche,” the most common fiction tropes are so popular, and are relied on so heavily, because they have a fundamental logic to them that the creators know most or much of the target audience will grasp instinctively. However, various tropes are similar enough in essential elements that they are easily confused or misidentified (sometimes by design). In such cases, the surrounding context of the story and structure, as well as an understanding of how such tropes work and – significantly – why they work, should be given special consideration. Here we examine how the “enemies to lovers” trope is used in modern popular fiction and compare and contrast it with how Kylo and Rey’s relationship is presented in the Force Awakens.  The comparison will show whether their relationship, as presented in canon, is in agreement with or in violation of the trope.

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Guest Post: The Importance of Rey’s Parents

The following post was sent as a message by reddit user quietansible and we were so impressed we asked to post it. It lays out a very cogent argument for why whether Rey’s father is Luke matters in The Last Jedi.

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How I Met Your Mother: Rey Skywalker Edition – Wrap Up and Theories

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In our final post we examine several possibilities for the idea ‘Fishing the Deluge’ reveals the origins of Rey’s mother.

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Guest Post: A Different Take on the Contest Over the Skywalker Lightsaber

Twitter user Chey shared this interesting take on Kylo and Rey’s Force battle over the Skywalker lightsaber in a private chat. Reproduced with her permission.

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Way Too Early Predictions for Star Wars: Episode IX

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With Episode IX starting filming shortly, the Star Wars Shadow Council is pleased to give you our absurdly early predictions for the film.

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