She may not have received a space PhD, but teenage Princess Leia Organa was an all-round humanitarian and rebellion-saving badass.
That’s what we learned from Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray — a YA novel that likewise counts as official Star Wars canon on the backstory of one of our favorite characters.
The book gives you pretty much everything you need to know about what resulted Leia to that instant on the Tantive IV at the end of Rogue One ( and the beginning of Star Wars .)
So if you’ve ever wondered why Threepio says “There’ll be no escape for the Princess this time, ” why Darth Vader says “You weren’t on any mercy mission this time” or why Grand Moff Tarkin seems to know his Death Star guest very well, read on for our roundup.
She was making decisions for the galaxy in the ‘Apprentice Legislature’
The Apprentice Legislature, a new notion in the Star Wars universe, is like a cross between a simulate United Nations and a junior Senate. The Emperor handed minor decisions to this teenage assembly. Leia Organa was one of its Alderaan representatives, and used her position to better understand how the Empire had bolt the galaxy.
She started going on refugee assist missions at 16
On becoming an adult, under Alderaanian tradition, Leia has to meet three challenges. One is the “challenge of the heart, ” and she fulfills this by participate in the Tantive IV — essentially a royal yacht — to planets that are suffering under the Empire. In one memorable scene, she organizes a bunch of refugees and gets them back to Alderaan by making them all official crew members.
“Apparently, ” Leia discovers, “sometimes leadership meant abandoning propriety and shout as loud as you could.”
She was well aware of her privilege
Much of the book concerns Leia’s struggle to keep it real despite her upbringing as the adoption of daughter of Queen Breha Organa and her consort, Senator Bail Organa.
“I am ridiculously privileged, ” she tells her first boyfriend. “But my family and I try to use our privileges to benefit others even more than ourselves.”
Her first boyfriend was a way-too-respectable Alderaan dude
Yeah, about that boyfriend. His name was Kier Domadi, and he served alongside the Princess in the Apprentice Legislature. He was Leia’s first crush, Leia’s first kiss — and her mom, Queen Breha, thought he was a little too perfect.
“I guessed a tiny bit of me hoped that my daughter’s first romance wouldn’t be so … suitable, ” Breha says. “Sometimes it does a girl good to fall for a little bit of a scoundrel , now and then.”
Not to worry, Breha. Turns out there’s a reasons for Leia never mentions Keir’s name in any Star Wars content moving forward — and she’ll satisfy her rogue soon enough.
Her bestie was Laura Dern’s Last Jedi character — a new age ditz
We get to know Amilyn Holdo, a Resistance Vice-Admiral in The Last Jedi , pretty well as a teen in this volume. She retains changing her whisker coloring, wears ill-matched rainbow color outfits, and is really into astrology. A typical statement of hers: “If you don’t let the gases in a new planet’s air sink into your scalp organically, it can cause disturbances in your dreams.”
But that air-headed New Age-ness turns out to be somewhat useful, and there are signs that Holdo is growing out of her Luna Lovegood phase in the book’s final pages. We can imagine her and Leia keeping in touching over the years.
Leia is merely into “humanoid males” — Holdo not so much
Interspecies dating in the Star Wars universe is a thing, apparently. We present this dialogue between Holdo and Leia without statement 😛 TAGEND
“Don’t let your head be turned by the most dangerous substance known to exist.”
“Which is? ”
“A pair of pretty dark eyes.” Then Amilyn was just thinking about that for a moment. “Or more than a pair, if you’re into Grans. Or Aqualish, or Talz. Or even–”
“That’s all right! ” Leia said through laughter. “It’s just humanoid males for me.”
“Really? That feels so limiting.”
“Thank goodness it’s a big galaxy.”
Governor Tarkin got to know her pretty well
How come Leia recognise Tarkin’s “foul stench” when she is brought on board the Death Star? Because Tarkin has taken a particular interest in her already.
At one point the Imperial leader shows up on Alderaan unannounced, evidently hoping to catch a clandestine Rebellion meeting in action; Leia helps save the situation by bursting into tears. They have several more chats in the Senate, with Leia ever dancing carefully around the truth. But he’s clearly on to her.
Leia’s droid is responsible for those whisker buns
Throughout the novel, Leia’s “personal attendant droid” — called W-A2V — is constantly fussing over her appearing. Leia is kitted out in a variety of white dress( not to mention white hiking gear for her orienteering class) plus accessories. There are a number of haircuts, too, and 2V clearly cares more about them than her accuse does 😛 TAGEND
2V adroitly fastened the wrap in place with two jeweled brooches, one at each shoulder. They sparkled prettily, but Leia couldn’t have cared less. “I reckon two side buns tonight. Do you concur, Your Highness? ”
And thus was the most famous hairstyle in movie history born — in a fictional appreciation, at least.