Life

Okay, I’m back.

It’s been a while.

Summer really did come and go. A lot happened and I definitely got distracted. For my birthday, I built my first computer and started playing games like Overwatch, PUBG, and World of Warcraft. School started and work got busier, and then a hurricane came… straight for us. I know. It’s October now and I can’t believe Halloween is almost upon us. 2017, this truly shitty year, is almost over.

I did think about this blog often and thought a lot about what direction I wanted to go. When I started I decided that I wanted to do a lifestyle blog. I wanted to talk about everything- the world, my life, Star Wars, etc. It’s kind of overwhelming to have so many options and not really know where to begin. Sometimes I want to go full on Star Wars blog, nothing but Star Wars news, thoughts and opinions, analyses and reviews, fashion recommendations, the whole deal. However, I don’t want to restrict myself if there is something I’m passionate about that isn’t Star Wars that I feel like I have to talk about. So for now I think Jedi Lore will continue as a lifestyle blog and perhaps I will attempt to do a fun Star Wars series that will hopefully help me keep going.

Blogging isn’t hard, I just need to find my place.

Geek · Pop Culture

The Anime We Saw That Day

A couple of years ago, back in high school, I became fully aware of anime and the culture that surrounds the popular art form. When I was young I had only heard of the term, but never really associated it with shows like Dragon Ball or Sailor Moon. To me those shows were just cartoons that I watched on Cartoon Network early in the mornings. In high school, I had friends who watched anime regularly and who would suggest shows here and there, however I never really took the time to check them out. I simply just preferred live action TV shows and I also felt that reading subtitles took away from my full enjoyment and understanding of what I was watching. Yeah, I was wrong.

Fast forward to 2016. My SO suggested I try to experience anime again and this time with an open mind. We started with Your Name, which also happens to be the fourth highest grossing film of all time in Japan and considered one of the greatest anime films ever made. I instantly fell in love with it. I am still very new to anime but as a movie buff, this film is absolutely wonderful and I still think about it to this day.

After Your Name, I moved on to actual shows. This is where I attempt to get any readers who have not seen an anime before to check out some handpicked shows that I think are amazing.

As an entryway anime the SO recommended, Attack on Titan, and it did not disappoint. Yes, Attack on Titan is extremely popular, but it deserves that recognition. I consider it the Game of Thrones of the anime world. Again, I am new so if your opinion differs, that’s fine! The show is epic and ongoing and there is so much happening and I happen to love most of the characters (Mikasa forever). As you can tell, I’m a fan. Season 2 just ended and it was fucking amazing. Go catch up in time for season 3, which is slated for a 2018 release!

The next anime is a real tearjerker and a show that will make you miss all the qualities of being a kid. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is the show that made me cry a lot, almost every episode, seriously. I related with it in the sense that I was a young kid who had a group of friends and we had great times, but all that ended and everyone grew up. The show deals with themes of innocence, grief, regret, and unrequited love all within a group of young high school kids. As I watched the show I kept thinking about the ending quote of the film Stand By Me, which goes “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?” I highly recommend this show!

Terror in Resonance is phenomenal. The first episode had me hooked. I kept telling my SO that the show reminded me of something that would be on HBO. He did not get that reference. The tone of the show is very serious and feels very realistic in many ways. Honestly, its just really, really good TV. Worth a watch if you want to stay away from the goofy, fantasy centric anime.

My last recommendation is the brilliant Your Lie in April. I will admit this show took me about two episodes to really fall in love. It’s sad and in some ways predictable but it delivers the whole way through. I like to compare it to a Nicholas Sparks/John Green novel that really tugs at your heartstrings. It’s a romantic drama that will make you cry and make you wish you stuck with your piano lessons when you were younger.

As of July 2017, I have completed 7 shows and seen 4 movies. I am still extremely new to the scene and I am taking my time. I have yet to see at least one Studio Ghibli film, so I have a lot of gems to uncover. Before I started watching anime I had been in a TV show rut, nothing was really doing it for me so the change of pace is really nice. I also LOVE the fact that I don’t have to worry about catching up with 7 seasons of a show, 2 of which I will have to suffer through (looking at you American TV shows). Most Anime is short and ends where it needs to end.

Hopefully, I have convinced a few of you to check out some anime and give it a chance. There are really great shows and movies out there that I think people who are used to American TV shows will love and appreciate.

Life

Leia is a Princess, Carrie Fisher was a Queen

My love for Carrie Fisher is unconditional.

I didn’t know her and I never got to meet her. I had so many chances over the years that I now have so many regrets. I did, however, get to be in the same room as her at Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, FL. And I can honestly say that she brought with her a unique and dominating presence that both scared and delighted you. She was so self-assured in her tone and body language that it was almost intimidating. This woman who had been through so much had the ability to captivate you while also making you laugh uncontrollably. Her humor was unique and self-deprecating and I will miss her forever.

For anyone who may have not known too much about Carrie or her life, I’d recommend watching the HBO documentaries Wishful Drinking and Bright Lights, as well as reading the Wishful Drinking autobiography and The Princess Diarist, which was released roughly a month before she passed. Other recommendations would include her semi-autobiography Postcards from the Edge and watching any Star Wars Celebration panel she’s featured in on YouTube (they are absolutely hilarious).

Her writings over the years have inspired me to be confident in my own writing and in my own life. The reason Carrie is so beloved, besides playing one of the most recognizable characters in film, is her openness regarding mental health. I deal with a lot of anxiety every day, I have never been diagnosed with anything, so I will refrain from attempting to label myself. However, I do know that I don’t feel as alone when I read about someone else’s struggles and Carrie spoke a lot about her struggles. She desperately wanted to put an end to the stigmas that surrounded mental illness and its treatments.

I felt like writing about Carrie because she’s in the news again. I didn’t want to discuss what most outlets are talking about because it’s not really important. Carrie Fisher was a Queen. For all her faults and all her flaws and everything that made her human, she was able to survive a lot of traumatic experiences. She was able to pick up her head and take back her life, even if it was just for a period of time.

In the end, she lost.

I know that she not only inspired me and countless others, but she will continue to inspire for years to come. It won’t just be Star Wars fans, but little girls, and people who suffer from mental illness and addiction. Her openness will save people. So, maybe… she won after all.

Rest In Peace, Carrie Fisher. Thank you for all that you did while you were here, for constantly fueling my “fuck off” attitude, and the inspiration to wear lots of glitter no matter the occasion.

Life · Travel

Day Out: 136/365

Yesterday we visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, FL. My SO is a really big admirer of Japan and its culture and we had been wanting to go for a while. The museum unfortunately was closed, but the gardens were open and were absolutely beautiful. I saw lots of flora I had never seen before and I got to hear the sound of bamboo blowing in the wind, which made me very happy. We also experienced a centuries-old tea ceremony and ate the most amazing Pan-Asian cuisine at their Cornell Café. I would highly recommend a visit to Morikami if you’re ever in the South Florida area, it’s a really unique way to spend the day.

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Star Wars

Star Wars, you’re old.

Hi.

My name is Lauryn. This is my blog.

While I have started and quickly abandoned many blogs in my life, this is my first official blog. I hope to have this blog with me for however long I choose to tell you about my life, and if you haven’t guessed already, this blog will most likely feature a lot of Star Wars. Sorry, not sorry.

Some fun facts about me: I watch a lot of movies and TV shows! Too many, in fact. I may have a problem. I love writing. I can’t say I’m any good at it, but it’s one of the reasons I’m here. I hope blogging will inspire me to write more and eventually write my own original material. I’m also a pop culture fiend. I consume most forms of entertainment like video games, music, comedy, podcasts, etc.

I guess you could say I’m a nerd.

Now that I’ve given you an idea of what this blog will feature and the topics I will probably discuss in the future, I want to focus on something that’s been on my mind recently.

Star Wars.

Yes, Star Wars has been on my mind.

May 25, 2017 marked the 40th Anniversary of the original Star Wars release in US theaters. I will start by saying I’m in my early 20s, so no, I wasn’t there to experience it first hand. However, I have been a fan for the last 11 years and Star Wars has been a huge part of my world.

I discovered Star Wars at a time in my life when everything seemed pretty grim. I was a kid who had just moved from their beloved home state, who started going to a new school with no friends, and who had a hard time adjusting to their new home life.

I truly believe that Star Wars came to me. It found me. I will never forget the feeling of acceptance I felt with Star Wars. I will always remember the summer I discovered these movies. Two months spent watching and breathing in all six films, playing all the old video games I could get my hands on, reading as many expanded universe novels as I could find, researching every character and planet on Wookiepedia and the Star Wars Databank. I was hooked and I never looked back.

Fast forward 11 years, I have been to three Star Wars Celebrations, I have my own personal Star Wars collection, I have introduced several friends over the years to the movies, and to this day I still get the exact same feeling I got when I first saw a Star Wars film, the feeling of hope.

I know. I know. I just cringed.

But it’s true!

If I could use only one word to describe the feeling I got and the feeling I still get, it’s hope. Star Wars took me away from my real life and transported me to a fantastical universe. It gave me something to look forward to and it took away my loneliness. As I got older, I came across other movies and books that I would grow to love, but never in the same way. Whenever I would find myself in a depressed state of mind or whenever I felt lonely, I would turn to Star Wars and get wrapped up in that universe over and over again.

That is why Star Wars is so special to me, because it came to me at a time when I needed it the most. To this day, I return to it looking for some sort of escapism and it never disappoints. So, not only am I celebrating its 40-year existence, but I’m also expressing deep gratitude and thankfulness that it does exist and still continues to give me hope.

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