The Hall of Hotties: Rey from Star Wars
I am making a promise to all of you, this will be the last Star Wars article until the holidays are over, but I feel that I must bring balance to the Force. The Hunk induction was difficult for me to decide, but what has been worse was picking the induction into the Hall of Hotties. With Leia already inducted where do I turn? Do I turn to the prequels or the modern trilogy? And I feel the answer is simple. I have realized a lot as in my fandom of Star Wars. I love the originals. What Star Wars fan doesn’t? But I also have a very special place in my heart for the prequels. As much as they are crapped on, they were the first new Star Wars movies that an entire generation was able to see on the big screen. I want you to remember the first time you watched a Star Wars movie on the big screen and how special it was? The prequels seem to get a lot more hate then they deserved. And that brings us to the new trilogy. My generation is the now the parent taking their child to witness a whole new magic on the big screen. And thus, led me to decide who is next into the Hall of Hotties. If I was parent taking my child to see Star Wars, and they told me their hero was Rey, I would be a proud parent.
In the history of Star Wars, Rey may become one of the most influential characters of the entire franchise. An orphan left on the planet Jakku by her parents; she was left to fend for herself. She became a junker and wondered around finding different parts to ships and more. And then she ran into a Finn and BB-8 which changed her life forever. The story of Rey is a straightforward tale, someone who is wanting more out of life, and know that may serve a more significant purpose in the world. And I feel that we all go through this. We search for something bigger, our hometowns almost become too small for who we are and we move on to fulfill our dreams, and some could say destiny. This would ideally describe the character of Rey. Now add the fact that this ordinary woman who was abandoned is driven by the Force and she doesn’t even know it. Rey is one of the most powerful characters in all of the Star Wars universe, and some people can relate to finding out they have power. And not physical, but the power to move people. The power to change lives. The power to inspire. And the occasional Jedi mind trick. And that is the strength of Rey. The character learns more about herself as she is learning what the fight against evil will be like. And if that isn’t a metaphor for our society, I am not sure what is. Daisy Ridley, the 25 year old break out star, has this to say about the character she portrays; “She’s not a superhero. She’s a normal girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so it’s very relatable.”
Rey is the story of us, and that is something that will make us coming back. A brand-new generation of girls and boys have someone new to look up to just as a previous generation looked up to Luke, Leia, Han, Yoda, and Obi-Wan. This is why the character of Rey is a perfect fit to the Hall. She is the story we are all living and might honestly be one of the most relatable characters in the whole series.