I am by no means a big fan of the Star Wars franchise. I don’t hate the movies. I enjoyed episodes 4 through 7, didn’t quite bond with episodes 1-3, but have never outright disliked the series. My husband, thankfully, is the same. So when the latest episode was first released, neither of us was in a hurry to watch the movie.
When the movie was released, we avoided the initial fanfare and long lines in favor of waiting for the commotion to die down. Weeks after the movie came out in December, and after a relaxing vacation in January, my hubby and I finally felt the coast was clear enough to watch the movie in peace…I was pleasantly surprised.
Not only did I enjoy the movie, but I also couldn’t help thinking of all the romantic possibilities for the characters as well as some pretty obvious romantic themes. And I’m not alone! A quick romp through Deviant Art proved I’m not the only one who sees the possibilities. Below is a list of the top 4 romantic themes I noticed while watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
# 1: Love can transcend time, distance, space, strife, pain and heartache
Princess/General Leia and Hans Solo have some great touching moments through-out the movie. It was nice to see these two characters together again on film. It was even nicer to see how their relationship had evolved and grown. The scenes with these two present always held so many layers. To me this is the ultimate in sexy. A couple that understands each others weaknesses and deepest fears. Leia’s and Solo’s shared history, romance and friendship was simply perfect.
I also loved the fact that the writers didn’t shy away from the history these two characters shared. There are too many movies and books that pretend romance after a certain age should be shied away from.
# 2: The makings of a great friendship/threesome/love triangle
As an author I could help myself from imaging all the different romantic pairing combinations with the new characters introduced in this episode. Rey, Fin and Po are attractive, have mysterious pasts and by the end of the movie have formed a strong bond. The romance lover in me is eager to see where the franchise will take these three. and by that I mean I hope there will be some romantic entanglement.
Rey is a self-sufficient, capable woman who doesn’t seem to even notice romantic gestures. Poor Finn spent a majority of the movie trying to alternatively woo her and find a new life for himself. While both Rey and Finn are in their first attempts to figure out who they are and their place in this “new” world they find themselves in, Po is a confident, swashbuckling pilot secure in his place and worth. The juxtaposition is interesting and an irresistible temptation.
Po’s experience, compared to Rey’s and Finn’s, makes him an attractive hero for any pairing: Rey/Po, Finn/Po, Rey/Po/Finn. The possibilities abound and my naughty mind loves each and every option.
I know I’m not the only one thinking this. The fan art making rounds online, proves others feel the same:
Before anyone gets into a tizzy, I’m not suggesting that these characters require the addition of a romantic entanglement to make them more interesting or well-rounded. They have an entire universe in which to grow and that universe doesn’t require them to be in it together. But oh how fun it would be to see the pairings. I picture Rey as a Dom with Finn and Po as the sexiest subs.
# 3: The makings of great a bromance
I have no idea who the world has to thank for the term “bromance”, but it is clearly in the first blush for Finn and Po. Whether this bromance blossoms into a different kind of romance, these characters clearly like each other and it was fun to watch them on screen together.
One of the great things about the Star Wars franchise is their love of the classic “hero’s journey“. They adhere to this journey for almost all of their characters on either a major or minor scale. Po and Finn’s journey’s have already intersected once, I’m curious to see how they will intersect again. I also wouldn’t mind seeing a hot shower scene between these two. They were running around getting hot and sweaty for two hours on film. I guess they could just Netflix and chill, or you know, just chill…topless.
# 4: Frenemies to lovers
Kylo Ren is the new bad guy everyone loves to hate. He’s got clear daddy (and grand-daddy) issues, and really deep down he’s a jackass IMHO. However, even jackasses have soulmates. General Hux seems like the obvious fit for Ren. They both have control issues, a need for authority and are passionate about their causes. Oh and they are also the biggest assholes in the universe. Frankly, they deserve each other.
I can picture it now…After Hux gives an emotional, rallying speech to a hoard of soldiers, Ren stops him in the hall to ask him why he didn’t deliver the message with a bigger, more evil scowl. They get into a heated argument and begin to shove each other. Ren’s helmet gets knocked off. They both stop for a moment and stare into each others eyes, then move in for a rough, passionate kiss…Yup a frenemies to lovers theme can definitely be an option here:
So these are the themes that jumped out at me the most. Have you seen the movie? Are there any romantic themes you noticed? Please share them in the comments below.
Also be sure to check out the artist links in the image captions. They are true fans of the franchise and have created gorgeous work.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”