We lost our princess

Published On December 27, 2016 | By Joe Gordon | Film TV & Theatre, News

A few days ago we were all horrified to hear that Carrie Fisher had been stricken by a major heart attack on her flight home; we all worried that this seemingly cursed year 0f 2016 was going to strike again, but we hoped. And then tonight the bitter news that after several days in hospital, we had lost Carrie. From wonderful cult classics like The Blues Brothers to Star Wars to her writing (including some very frank and candid writing on the problems she had to deal with), Carrie earned a place in our hearts. But it was her portrayal of Princess Leia in the Star Wars films which brought her not just into the hearts of fans, but our souls – she invested Leia with beauty, grace, determination, bravery and strength, tempered with compassion. She made Leia not just a character but someone real to us, a role model and inspiration for goodness knows how many. To hell with you, 2016, you have taken so many this year, many well before what should have been their time, now you take our princess. You do not, however, take our Hope.

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Joe Gordon

Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk’s chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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