Friday, October 21, 2011

A Guide to the Star Wars Fangirl Internet Community

Hello there!

Qui and I thought it would be a good idea to spread the word about some of our favorite Star Wars websites/blogs. This post is designed to help both older fans and the newer ones.

General sites:
Star Wars Official Site This one is a no-brainer, but you can find some gems. Now, if you don't like TCW, be forewarned that a lot of the site is dedicated to that TV show. I feel very behind in the series, because I haven't seen a single episode in this season besides the first one. Silly school.
The Lakehouse Forums This forum was founded by Ley, a good blogging friend of both Qui and I. She has Amaranthine and Fallon to help her run the site. It's a place for Christian fangirls to talk about Star Wars, God, school, and life in a safe environment (at least, as safe as the internet can get). My username is Dancing with Anakin and Qui's is Qui-Gon Lives.
The Star Wars Underworld Forums This is one of the forums I started out on. I can't remember my username at all, but that's where I got to know Ley a little better. This is a both guy and girl forum.
Main Star Wars Underworld Site This looks really cool! Thanks for the link, Fallon!
Wookieepedia The Wikipedia for Star Wars fans! I love this place. I get a lot of my favorite quotes from here.
Club Jade I haven't really looked into this site much.....Fallon reminded me of it. I should probably stop looking now, because I'll get sucked in and forget about this post.

Good blogs:
The Star Wars Female Fan Force blog This is a site run by several women who are all fangirls. I believe the blog used to be run by four ladies, but now they only have two contributers listed.
Amaranthine Forever This is Amaranthine's blog. She posts about a lot of things, but she has done several posts about Star Wars. One of the best things she has is a page on her blog that is a guide to the Expanded Universe, or EU. For those who don't know, the EU is many, many books written by several authors about the different characters in between the movies, before the prequels, between the prequels and originals, and after Return of the Jedi ends.
A Certain Point of View This is Sarah's blog. Star Wars is not Sarah's only fangirl universe, but she does post some interesting things about Star Wars. What I really like about her blog is that she writes from a perspective that's unique in my blog followings; she's the only college student/Star Wars fan I follow. So I get to hear some interesting perspectives. :)
Pandas, Lightsabers, and Cameras, Oh My!!! This is Cad Bane's Chick, or CBC's blog. She has some really good Star Wars information, and she has several interviews up on with Ashley Eckstein comes to mind.

Good places to shop:
Her Universe This place will always hold a special place in my heart. It's where I met most of my online friends and it's where I buy my totally awesome Star Wars apparel (I own the Padmé shirt, I Know Shirt, and the original Star Wars Burnout far). They're also branching out into other sci-fi areas, so Star Wars isn't the only thing they sell anymore! Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahoska Tano on TCW, is the founder.

Good resources:
Imaginary Styles I LOVE this site!!!!! Have you ever wanted to try your hand at doing one of the elaborate hairstyles of Padmé Amidala? What about the iconic cinnamon buns of Princess Leia? Find out on this site!! I've been planning on trying out some of these styles for a while. There are also over movie fandom styles on the site as well, such as Lord of the Rings styles. If you enjoy fanfiction (I'd say about half of my Star Wars fans do), this is the place for you! I'm going to see if I can get permission to use a friend's posts on fanfiction on here (I'm sure she'll give me permission...;) ).
The Padawan's Guide The place to go for resources and tips on making your own Star Wars costumes!!! I'm looking forward to using this site in the near future.

I was going to do a section on Anakin and Padmé fan sites, but I've decided I'm going to do a series of posts about different fansites for different Star Wars pairings, starting with my favorite couple of all time. :)
I'm also going to do a post on my favorite Star Wars YouTube videos.

I hope you enjoyed this intro to some of the best places on the internet for fangirls. :) If you have any sites I haven't mentioned dealing with these topics, let me know in our comment section! I'm going to make a page with this post in it and I'll make sure to include your sites on that page!

Endor :)