Geek Suggested Reading: Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia

From senator, to princess, to general. To us, she’s royalty.

Nick Ramirez started this wonderful series a few years ago in an effort to give people a way to learn more about a given character. Perhaps you just saw Daredevil on Netflix and want to know more about him. Maybe you saw Captain America: Civil War last Summer and thought “man, this Black Panther character is AWESOME! Where can I get more??” We’ve got you covered.

Less than a month ago, the entire geekiverse (not just our company) lost one of the most beloved actresses of our time in Carrie Fisher. If you’re feeling a little down and need some more time with the galaxy’s most famous princess, I have a few tips that will enrich your knowledge of Leia Organa.

MARVEL PRINCESS LEIA MINI SERIES 

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When Marvel took back the reins of the Star Wars franchise’s comic needs, they began with a baseline series entitled “Star Wars,” a Darth Vader series, and a Princess Leia series. Princess Leia is a 5 issue series that documents some of Leia’s time directly after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. During this period, Leia is tasked with preserving Alderaanian culture after the destruction of her home planet.  It’s a fantastic glimpse into a period in Star Wars history that has rarely been touched upon.

Pick up the entire Princess Leia mini series in one collection.

STAR WARS: BLOODLINE

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Claudia Gray’s second Star Wars novel in as many years is Bloodine, an amazing glimpse into the waning days of Leia’s political career as she transitions to a general of the Resistance. There are some huge ramifications that take place and set up the events of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and very likely, Episode VIII. There are many parallels between America’s current brutal political climate and the Republic’s. Darth Vader’s ties to Leia play a big role. I can’t delve into any spoilers, but I also can’t recommend this story any higher. Pick this one up ASAP.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition

TATOOINE GHOST

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Now a part of Star Wars Legends (non canon, former Expanded Universe), Tatooine Ghost debuted in 2003. In a way, it is the antithesis of Bloodline, the non canon version. In this story, Leia deals with the constant struggle to survive as the New Republic faces challenges even in the wake of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader’s deaths. A piece of Alderaanian art conceals an ancient secret, vital to the survival of the New Republic. Oh, and there’s the fact that Leia struggles to cope with her heritage, both good (Grandmother Shmi Skywalker) and bad (Darth Vader).

Remember that famous line that Jyn Erso never said in Rogue One?

THE FORCE AWAKENS VISUAL DICTIONARY

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Though The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary is a complete in-depth guide to the film, there is a particularly great section on General Organa. This confirms a numerous things that went unanswered in the movie and is the perfect coffee table book. There’s no one better than author Pablo Hidalgo, author and keeper of the Star Wars canon.

A Visual Guide to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 

THE PRINCESS DIARIST

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I can’t officially suggest this book because I have not read it yet. However, this is the a biography from Carrie herself that came out a mere month before her passing. It spells out loads of details from her life, in Star Wars and beyond.

 

These are just a few of my favorites when it comes to Princess Leia. Do you have any that weren’t mentioned here? Leave a comment below and tell us!

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