Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Best Of Everything 100-day 100-question Star Wars Blogathon, Question 20

The WINNER OF THE WEEKLY DRAWING Was... weirdly enough, Maurice Mitchell. Enter one time and get the weekly prize, which this week is an E-copy of Andrew's The House On The Corner, as well as an e-copy of whichever of my books he chooses. Newcomers: every comment you leave is an entry in the weekly drawing, so stick around and also check out the official rules here.)

Andrew got yesterday's 6 points, and nobody got the bonus question about which spaceship this is and who might have flown it:
Which means I've finally stumped Andrew Leon; all I had to do was make the question really really really impossible, which I guess I did inadvertently.

That ship is the Velociraptor, the "personal vessel of the bounty hunter Raptor Duk-Val," and I read about it on something called "Star Wars: Exodus," which is where I also read that "Raptor Duk-Val," as a result of a blast of radiation in utero or something, is aging only as fast as a Wookie.

So, there's that, Rusty: get enough radiation in your system and you might just turn into a Wookie.

So because nobody got that, I had to wonder today then what the heck Star Wars Exodus is, and I've now answered that tonight, as I sat down to write this at about 8:00, and from 8:00 to 8:41, as I type this, would quickly read a paragraph or two, then run upstairs to start the movie Pocahontas for the boys, then come down to read a paragraph or two, then run upstairs to get the boys a quick snack before bed, then back down, then back up to tuck them in, then back down, then back up to change the movies over, and so on and so forth, so I've now decided that Mr F and Mr Bunches don't want me to read about Star Wars: Exodus but from what I was able to gather, it's a form of roleplaying/fanfiction writing that was created in reaction to what appears to be a claim that other Star Wars roleplaying games were kind of exclusionary:

Star Wars Exodus is a Star Wars roleplaying board establised in 2003. Formed from the exodus of roleplayers from the old Star Wars Galaxies RP boards, due to their closure to non-players of the game. Exodus is now, the best place to write star wars roleplaying fiction on the web, whether you want to roleplay a Jedi, a Sith, an Imperial, Rebel or Bounty Hunter - this is a friendly, welcoming community with a host of great stories ready to join. Star wars roleplaying has never been so easy or so much fun, so enter, get roleplaying, and have fun!

It sounds okay except that the more people tell me they're "friendly" or "welcoming" the more I think "cult serial killer." That's really more due to my upbringing, though -- Mom always made sure that us kids knew that everyone in the world was a serial killer, a rapist, or both, as well as warning us that people in big cities are always looking to pick your pocket. That's why I don't trust you.

Anyway, Star Wars: Exodus is kind of a collaborative fanfic page where you can write up a character and other people will react to it and you can create role-playing adventures that way. You choose a character, pick a board (they've got three or four) and start writing, and people react to you.

Raptor Duk-Val is, as far as I can tell, a character on the Star Wars: Exodus boards, and in fact his last two stories were posted over 7 years ago.

Which is how, I guess, I came to post a completely unanswerable bonus trivia question yesterday: I had no idea, when I started this, the extent to which Star Wars had spread and the myriad of things related to Star Wars on the Internet. And here I'd always thought this was true:



But it turns out it's good for other things, too!

Which brings me to what I'm really thinking about today:

Why are there so few songs about Star Wars?



I had, when I first began posting these questions, intended to mix in not just fan-made videos and crummy costumes and ETSY junk about Star Wars but also songs about the movie... only to find that there is precious little music about, or based on, or making reference to, Star Wars.

Even that one up above, there, starts out with a Close Encounters reference.

So I googled that, too, and came up with Time Magazine's list of "Ten Freaky Songs About Star Wars," most of which seemed not worth mentioning much beyond this one:



I mean, there's a Weird Al song there, but I think if you're over the age of 12 and still like Weird Al you've got problems.

But that Time list had to include a performance by a band that admittedly had nothing to do with Star Wars at all just to get to 10, and also had to include a song from the famed Star Wars Christmas Special, so at best they could come up with 8 freaky songs.

So consider this: If Star Wars has spawned six movies, a cartoon series, countless books, and tons of fan fiction, why hasn't it inspired people to write songs?

Is there something about Star Wars that doesn't appeal to musicians?

Or is there something about the movies that makes it difficult to write songs about them?

There is this Blink-182 song:






That's not the trivia question. That's just something to think about as I go upstairs to see why Mr Bunches and Mr F still aren't sleeping -- it's 9:11 as I write this, so that tells you how this night is going.

Here's today's question, worth 35 points.

2nd commenter gets the 10 bonus points today.

Who was Princess Leia's adoptive mother?





That gives me a chance to post this:

100 comments:

Andrew Leon said...

Breha Organa

Andrew Leon said...

I have to disagree with you on yesterday's question about the ship. I mean, wanting me to know the specific name of the ship is kind of like flashing a picture of an x-wing and asking what ship that is and expecting to get the answer Red Leader or Red 5. It's clearly a Corellian Gunship. You didn't specifiy the name of the ship. At any rate, I call fowl on the whole Duk thing. heh

Rusty Webb said...

Organa the Wookie. Affectionately known as fuzzball.

Andrew Leon said...

Hmm... Even if inadvertent, I have to take exception to using something from fanfic. Bah on that!
I mean, Can I just go make up a bunch of stuff and have you ask questions about that? I think I should get point for knowing it was a gunship.

As for songs, I like that Weird Al song. If you're meaning the one about Anakin from TPM.

Have you heard the Boba Fett song? It's pretty cool. My kids really like it. "My backpack has jets..."

Briane P said...

I sincerely apologize for using a fanfic question, but at least it was just the bonus. It's tough not to get lost in the hall of mirrors that is all the versions of Star Wars, which is why the 'official' questions all come from a book.

I'm not a fan of Weird Al; like The Simpsons, he just goes for the easy joke. But there have been cool songs about things like 'The Monitor', 'Jocasta', and even computer programming... and yet not one decent Star Wars song?

Andrew Leon said...

Yeah, I was just giving you a hard time about it :P

Sometime tomorrow, I'll try to get a link to the Boba Fett one for you. I think it's actually a pretty decent song.

Grumpy Bulldog, March Madman said...

I liked the disco version of the Star Wars theme song with the laser sound effects and stuff.

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