Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jar Jar Binks or Creating the Worst Character Ever!

I'm a Star Wars fan thanks to my bestest childhood friend holding my eyelids open ALL NIGHT LONG to watch episodes 4-6. That was, well, more-years-than-I'd-like-to-count ago, and I fell hard for Han Solo. Who says 'I know' when a princess tells you she loves you? Han does, and I love him for it.

Don't worry. He knows. ;)


My 'J' in the A to Z Challenge stands for the evil that is Jar Jar Binks. I thought about putting an image in this post, then stopped the googling. You know. Because of the evil. So instead, here's a cute, widdle cheetah cub (unfortunately, neither pic nor cub belong to me).

Drown in your ooohs and awwws, darlings!

But Jar Jar represents something amazing in the world of storytelling. He proves that while manufactured love is magically strong in a reader/watcher, hate pounds the jeepers out of you. You feel it like a rock in your gut, like a Crucio from Bellatrix Lestrange. It's dark and twisting like that Venomy sludge that turns Spidey's suit black, and no matter what you do or how hard you try, you'll never get rid of it. It never dies. HE nevers dies. Jar Jar frickin' Binks. Hate made (storytime) flesh. In fact, I'm never saying 'hate' again. It will forever be 'jarjar.'

So, how do you create Jar Jar-sized jarjar in your book? Is it for your villain? How about an idea? Like Vice or Fate or Chance. We personify those all the time. Maybe it's the war within your MC. A battle to the death with a shapeless, jarjarful Jar Jar. *shiver*

In other, completely non-jarjar related news, the Cheetah got herself an AWARD! Yay! Dierdra over at A Storybook World has gifted us with the Powerful Woman Writer Award. Again, I say Yay! She does all her own art. Gorgeous! Check out her blog when you have a chance. Thanks, Dierdra. The tail's doing a happy dance right...now!



Melissa said...

Poor Jar Jar Binks...he gets such a bad rep. I guess I can understand why people don't like him. But personally, I thought he was amusing. I think people take these movies far to seriously when they can't see the humor in a character that is supposed to be meant for comic relief. He's supposed to be a bumbling, clumsy, idiot. And I bet Probably most of us have had a Jar Jar Binks in our lives at some point...that one person who just drove us crazy! But anyway...these are just my thoughts! The little cheetah cub is cute! Have a great day!

M.J. Fifield said...

The cheetah cub is frickin' adorable. I want one!

I'm not a big Star Wars fan. My significant other seems like the movies though and so I've watched them all more than once. Definitely thought Jar Jar was irritating.

Congratulations on your blog award!

Ellie said...

It was the same with Wesley Crusher in Star Trek The Next Generation - the fans hated him.

That cheetah cub is too cute!

Ellie Garratt

Tundiel said...

I wasn't keen on Jar Jar either, thought to be fair I wasn't a fan of the prequel trilogy anyway. I much prefer the 'middle' three movies. Han Solo... the best character ever!

Congrats on the award, it's lovely isn't it? Good luck with the rest of the A-Z!

Alleged Author said...

Jar Jar was Lucas's way of trying to entice a whole new fan base of "Star Wars" movie watchers. I wanted to wring his little neck!

Hannah Kincade said...

I would hope that I never fall into the JarJar trap but if it's a true JarJar trap, I wouldn't know it. BAM! I just blew your mind. Wait a minute or two and you'll realize it too.