Seriously though, I’m trying to think of any times Mara Jade seduced anyone and all I’m getting is kind of the bit at the start of Allegiance where she pulls the “Oooooh myyyyyy, the wine has gone straight to my head, I’d better go lie down” bit to escape a party so she can do spy things, and the dude she’s talking to is like “DRUNK CHICK HOT DIGGITY DAMN.” (And then a sweet fatherly-type steps in and rescues what he perceives as a vulnerable young woman about his daughter’s age from a sleazy jerk, which Mara finds surprising and touching.)
As the Emperor’s Hand, Mara knows she’s young and pretty, and that sometimes that works to her advantage and sometimes it doesn’t. Her appearance may be a tool in her arsenal—generally to convince people that she’s a harmless bauble—but it’s never her go-to method. She doesn’t spend time internally narrating how easy it is to manipulate men with her wiles. She doesn’t spend time thinking about men at all, actually—only missions.
This is one of the (if not the) earliest depictions of Mara, embittered post-Imperial badass:
This is a pinup by Adam Hughes of the (lest we forget) 17-to-21-year-old Emperor’s Hand:
A lady barely old enough to legally drink, hypersexualized for the enjoyment of fanboys everywhere! And somehow this is the classic image. :|
So I know the sexy lady spy is one of those unfortunate things embedded in our minds, but can we just like… not with the exaggerated curves and the boobs and the butt and the glossy pleather catsuit and the heavy eyeliner and the pouty lips and the
catering to“manipulating” the male gaze?
Because there is literally zero of that in the text.
Q:Have you ever noticed that The Last Command and Vision of the Future end ridiculously similarly?
Well, I’m not Timothy Zahn or anything, but that’s no coincidence.
(It is kinda cheesy, though. Bless.)
favorite star wars books in no particular order
↳ luke skywalker and the shadows of mindor by matthew stover