Han at the BBQ
I swear I remember seeing an interview with George Lucas where he stated that if post-ROTJ Han and Leia had just lived happily ever after with Han BBQ’ing in the backyard, that no one would want to read about it. He was defending what we all know as the horrendous treatment that Han and Leia received in the EU. At the time, I remember feeling as if George was wrong, knowing that I would love to read about Han grilling up some dogs and swigging a beer with Leia plump and pregnant in the background.
But would I really?
Zyra and I have even talked about this in our own stories. About how often we kidnap or torture or just generally cause havoc to our favorite couple all in the name of a good plot. Let’s face it, it’s kinda hard to write more than a oneshot on just plain and pure fluff and/or smut. And as much as I like to read about a warm and fuzzy moment between our favorite pair, if you expect to keep me hooked for any lengthy amount of time, you’d better have more than just the bedroom or BBQ going for you.
(Oh, but I did find a pic of Han's grill-of-choice):
The reason I was thinking about all of this is because of our recent conversations on what the end of the ‘Fate of the Jedi’ series means to Han and Leia. With no more plot, no more kidnappings and princely suitors and Chief-of-State responsibilities, we are all prepared for our two darlings to ‘ride off into the sunset’. Well, if we hadn’t have had all those kidnappings and princely suitors and Chief-of-State responsibilities, this day would’ve come a whole lot sooner, wouldn’t it have?
So was it all worth it?
Sure we’d all change a few things here and there. DEFINITELY no Sith or dead children, but what about everything else? What about COPL? Would we have gotten an entire book about Han and Leia’s ‘courtship’ if there hadn’t been some stupid excitement? Probably not.
I’ve got to tell you, now that it seems the time has come for Han to strike up the BBQ pit, I’m kinda regretting ever longing for it. I mean, couldn’t Leia have some late-in-life baby like on Family Ties? Maybe Han could try something death-defying stunt with the Falcon, like Fonzie jumping the shark?