Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Name: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Abbreviation(s): TLJ
Creator: Rian Johnson
Date(s): December 15, 2017
Medium: Film
Country of Origin: America
External Links: Star Wars: The Last Jedi on IMDB
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the eighth film released in the Star Wars saga and the second film in the sequel trilogy.

The main cast included many characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Leia Organa, Rey, Poe Dameron, Finn, Kylo Ren, and the much anticipated return of Luke Skywalker. New characters included Rose Tico, General Holdo and DJ.


Possibly due to the anticipation surrounding this film, and due to the controversies in the The Force Awakens fandom, which included much Fandom Wank and anti-shipping, the fan reaction to The Last Jedi was mixed and the film led to more wank within the fandom.


Following the release of the Last Jedi, many ships which were established in the previous film received renewed interest and an influx of new fanworks.

Most notable among these is Reylo, which appeared to become a legitimate ship in the film. While many fans had originally headcanoned that these two were related, that theory appeared to be disproven in TLJ, allowing fans to ship without fear of incest.

New ships included; Finn/Rose Tico and Holdo/Leia Organa.

Fan Reaction

The Last Jedi is a contentious installment in this franchise, with many fans unhappy with certain story points and deviations from traditional Star Wars narratives.

Some fans disliked the representation of Luke Skywalker, believing his actions in canon were OOC.

Other shipping fans were unhappy that the film appeared to legitimize Reylo, a ship that some viewed as abusive. On the other side, Reylo fans believed their ship was now endgame and were very happy with this development.

Fans of the franchise who were unhappy with this installment began to organize themselves in communities, on sites like Reddit and Tumblr.

In one instance, TLJ creators were accused to stealing several storypoints from a fanfic, Signs and Smoke Signals series by StreetSolo. Eventually this theory was quashed by fans familiar with fandom and the timeline in which TLJ was written, but also by the author herself.

Two weeks after TFA came out, I wrote a fanfiction called Signs and Smoke Signals that ended up having some really freaky similarities between the story and The Last Jedi in terms of Rey's origins, Phasma's staff, and the whole Snoke plot. My friend wrote an article about the similarities that I posted on my friend's website, intending only to share it with people who read the story and also noticed the similarities. Unfortunately, that went viral, with people claiming that I intend to sue Disney and Rian Johnson for "plagiarizing my work" so I can make millions.

Umm...yeah. That's not true. It's just fanfic, guys. If you still want to read the story, please feel free, but as you can see from the description, TLJ this is not.[1]

Some compared TLJ to fanfiction, and to this fanfic in particular, as a form of insult and to further denigrate the film. Comments like, "The TLJ is so bad its almost a fanfiction", illustrate that fans who don't create or enjoy transformative works were also unhappy with this film.[2] It also shows how fan created works are still viewed negatively in some areas of fandom.

Still some fans enjoyed the Last Jedi because it subverted their expectations.

Rose Tico and Fandom Racism

The casting of Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, was the first time an Asian actress had portrayed a main character in the Star Wars universe. While some fans were looking forward to more representation, in the lead up to the release of the film Rose's Wookiepedia page was edited to include racial slurs.[3] This reaction is similar to the response following the announcement that John Boyega would portray a main character, Finn in The Force Awakens. See Racism In and Outside The Fandom for more information.

Many of the same complaints about explicit racism in fanart, fanfic, and challenges arose again, and Rose Tico was not the only character to be the victim of this racism. For example, there was significant controversy over RCDart's stylized fanart of Finn, which many said was reminiscent of racial caricatures In March 2018, the fanweek challenge a Finn Appreciation Week organised on Tumblr was widely discussed and criticized for their decision to not reblog FinnRose works.

In June 2018, actress Kelly Marie Tran deleted her Instagram posts, leading many in the media to speculate that her decision was as a result of racist and sexist comments from a small group of Star Wars fans unhappy with her role in the film.[4] This was somewhat confirmed by tweets from director Rian Johnson implying that Kelly did leave social media due to harrassment.[5]

See Fan Reaction and Accusations of Racism for more information.

Further Reading

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.







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  1. Authors note on Signs and Smoke Signals by Street Solo on Ao3, January 2018
  2. Comment in the chat of StreetSolo's interview with ScavengersHolocron. There were multiple comments like this in the moderated chat.
  3. ‘The Last Jedi’ star Kelly Marie Tran defended by fans from racist, sexist comments created 28/12/2017, accessed 21/03/2018.
  4. Did Star Wars Breakout Kelly Marie Tran Wipe Her Instagram Because of Harassment? posted on June 5 2018, accessed June 11 2018.
  5. STAR WARS FANS RALLY BEHIND KELLY MARIE TRAN WITH #FANARTFORROSE posted on June 7 2018, accessed June 11 2018