September 10, 2018

The End of Five Years (HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT)


credit: me
Five years of typing at a keyboard, letting my thoughts flow into the white space of blogger.

Five years of checking for comments, smiling and clicking "publish" when I read what my friends had to say.

Five years of sharing hopes and dreams and likes (and dislikes) for the world at large to see, though it was (thankfully) limited to the few wonderful people who took time to read my blog.

Fives years.

Five years is a long time, friends.

And though I can hardly believe I'm saying this, five years has been long enough for Ramblings of a Redhead Girl. It's been GOOD, my friends. I honestly and completely believe 100% that blogging has been a HUGE influence over the person I've become. Without blogging, I would not have the friends I have, love the stories I love, and been so strengthened and encouraged by the love of Christ you all have shown me over the years.

The things I've gained by blogging can't be properly expressed or counted. It's hard to believe that I've gotten to the point I wanted to be at so many years ago--back then I was a "ghost" follower, then an anonymous commentor, and finally I made a blog account and created my own blog. The Story Girl was the blog I stumbled upon (I was googling pictures from Pride and and Prejudice '95) that started me on this epic journey. I became a devoted follower of that blog and many others, like Yet Another Period Drama Blog and Regency Delight and Fresh Modesty and  All Things Bright and Beautiful.

I joined the blogosphere's excitement over Amy and Melody's meetup, became a member of the Pride and Prejudice '95 Forever Club, submitted entries to Sink Me! and eagerly checked my blogger dash every day for that little orange "comment awaiting moderation" link.

I freaked out when I got my first follower (who is actually one of my dearest friends, Éowyn!!!!) and regularly checked where my blog views came from ("Mom! I got a view from {fill in the name of some foreign country}!!!"). I participated in so many blog parties and filled out tags and wrote movie and books reviews, dreaming of the day I would be a "big" blogger with more than 50 followers. Maybe even a hundred.

Dreaming of whether I'd make blogging friends, friends I could visit.

You see, when I started blogging back in 2013, it really filled a void in my life. I had a couple friends, but I didn't get to see them very often. And when I found blogging, it felt like I had found a treasure trove of people with similar interests and backgrounds--most of them were Christian homeschool girls who loved period dramas and reading books and writing stories.

And though I already loved to read and write and had just been introduced to Jane Austen by my amazing mom, I credit the blogging world for encouraging my love of these things and introducing me to things I might never have heard of otherwise.

The blogosphere introduced me to The Phantom of the Opera, and I was henceforth a Broadway musical fan. (And without that I might not have watched NEWSIES. ♥♥♥)

I found out about self publishing through Createspace, giving me a goal for my writing that I am still hoping to reach. I discovered NaNoWriMo which is one of the best things evvvaaahh.

I read The Blue Castle and Behold the Dawn and Resistance and SO many other books that are really special to me because of people in the blogosphere.

Guys....I don't know how to list all the things blogging has given me. Besides tangible things like new favorite movies and books and music, it also taught me so many indescribable things.

I have long felt that blogging has taught me a deep appreciation for how different we all are--but how we can be united in our love for certain things, and even more importantly, in our dependence on Christ.

I have seen so many differing opinions throughout my years of blogging (and yes I was one of those people who "kept up" with comment wars, though I rarely participated xD): skirts vs. pants, Pride and Prejudice 1995 vs. 2005, Harry Potter is the best vs. HARRY POTTER IS EVIL, courting vs. dating, traditional publishing vs. self-publishing, Laurie vs. Professor Bhaer, was Frank Churchill a villain or simply Misunderstood??, should Rey end up with Finn or Poe or Kylo??

Everyone has a different story. Everyone has a different road. Different convictions, likes, dislikes, goals, dreams, struggles, and ways of living their life.


Blogging has taught me that that's okay. That as the body of Christ, we are all called to different roles in His service.

And obviously, this is something we could learn anywhere--but for me, I think I learned it here, on this cyberspace platform we call home.



And so here I am. Five years later. I was fifteen years old when I started, now I'm twenty.  I was a homeschooled girl living in Florida on 5 acres in the country. I had twelve pet cats (OUTDOOR, don't judge), 3 dogs, and a handful of chickens. I spent my time reading and drawing and playing outside. Now I live in Michigan. I'm a nanny to earn money, but I'm a writer at heart. I live in a neighborhood five minutes from a lake and go swing dancing nearly every weekend and don't have as much time as I used to do read my favorite books.

And that's only scratching the surface. I'm still me, I'm still Natalie, but I have changed so much in the past five years, and the things around me have changed even more.

Ramblings of a Redhead Girl is special and beautiful and a part of my past, but it's time to move on to something new. This chapter of my life has ended, a new one has begun. And in the words of Winnie the Pooh (from the Christopher Robin movie):

"I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I've been."

(Am I good at that? Haaaaaaa. No. Not at all. But I'm learning. ;))

In honor of the five year birthday of my blog, here are some of my favorite posts from over the years. I picked one for each year, though that was REALLY hard to do.


~2013~


This post is ridiculously short, but for the sake of nostalgia, my first post ever is my favorite. (Plus it's the least embarrassing to link to haha)

(Also, can we notice that my only comment on that post came from Naomi 3 years later? Naomi, you're AWESOME. *high fives*)


~2014~
(no more ableist skool, isolated housing, overbearing assignments, 0 crips, losing friends- literally never again), distance from Helen and toxic friends, freedom from shitty jobs, my own lil hut, finishing shows, acne going away :D kept good friends, dating a really sweet person, literally travelled to all cool places (SF, Seattle), reading whatever, building habits, fantasizing about my future - neverending openness, staying inspired, my fabulous life continues...

Favorite things about this post:
-I had only 32 followers
-I used the "lately" format for the first time (I think)
-I said " sobsobsobsobsob" xD
-We were moving into our new house 
(WHICH WE JUST MOVED FROM THIS YEAR WHAT THE HECK)
-I was still all "please don't steals my photos ahhh they're works of art someone's going to sell them in an art competition for millions of dollars but they're MINE." :P


~2015~

This post literally went VIRAL, fam. I even found it on some stranger's instagram. I AM VERY PLEASED.

~2016~
Ahhhhhh nolstagic FEELS. *hugs my fwiends*

~2017~
 FIRST VISIT. :D (Also, this post launched beginning of people actually quoting my book. YES.) (Like 3 people but still.)

~2018~
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*say to myself "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." over and over*

So I realize I kind of chose "big" posts as my favorites and while they ARE favorite posts because of the memories attached to them, there are also a lot I simply enjoyed writing and even enjoy reading. xD So I included a few more below....


(some) Honorary Mentions:

(Honestly, the semi-bitter sarcasm in this post just about sums up how the first half of this year has been for me and it cracks me up. (That and the gifs of course, Necessity of life and all that.))

(Honestly, re-reading this reminded me just how much I love this tv show.)

(Still relatable. xD)

(Preach)

(Honestly, this may be my favorite piece of fiction ever, so yeah.)

(This makes me happy. ♥)

(again, still relatable)

(The gifs though xD)

(THE TIME I FINISHED MY FIRST NOVEL AWWW<3)


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You want to know the best thing blogging has given me, though? YOU GUYS. You wonderful, amazing, unique people. Some of you are my dearest friends and some of you I barely know, but every time you've taken the time from your life to comment on my blog, you have made me happy. You've blessed me exceedingly with your encouragement and appreciation and I simply can't put into words how much I appreciate every single comment I've ever received.


Weeelllll.....almost. I can't bring myself to appreciate the spam comments, but being that those all are probably from automated computers or whatever, I guess they don't count. :P



So here we are.
Happy BirthayRamblings of a Redhead Girl!!!!
(née Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens)

Five years stats:
107 followers
96,596 pageviews
Most viewed post: 
My Favorite Couples (3,181 views)



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And now we come to the end of this post. I really love you guys. I just don't know what to say besides that. After five years of writing on this blog, words now fail to come. I can't express how much you all mean to me.
Thanks for making these five years the most epic, memorable, magical years of my life.

*GROUP HUG* 




If I could leave the new generation of bloggers with anything, it would be this:

You are special and precious and loved by an awesome, infinite God who created the stars, only to have His hands pierced by nails on the cross for YOU.

You are a beautiful person, inside and out. Every single quirk and tiny facet of your personality is precious and fantastic, part of the person you were created to be, and you have a role in this world no one else can fill.

The smallest word of kindness can mean the world to someone else. Remember that sometimes it's these tiny things that can change the course of someone's life.

Be yourself no matter what, my friend. Because you'll the shine the brightest when you do.
VSCO - I stopped counting at 500 publishes thnx fam go follow this dude on insta | silent-enthusiast


♥ Love you, guys. xoxoxoxo I'll never forget you.



The End
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Inner me: Pssst. Natalie, didn't you forget something?

Me: Ohhh yeah.



Did you think I was leaving for good?

You guys:



Me: Heehee.



You guys:

Me:


Also me:


Me/you guys:



Me:




Yeah. Y'll better check out this link. ;)
Starry Eyes


See you around, kids. 

June 16, 2018

Lately//Spring 2018+a HIATUS



What ho and welcome! (Where did that come from?) And how are you this fine spring day?

'Hem. Let's try again. I honestly don't know what my deal is sometimes. :P

Dear friends, welcome to spring and welcome to the 2018 springtime edition of my "lately" posts. You know, the ones where I talk about my life because my life is so interesting and y'll just live to read about what's been going on with me.

All right, in all seriousness, I have "so much to acquaint you with"! Let us begin.

Lately I've been....

//Visiting//
•With Éowyn! That's right, around the last weekend in April I had an impromptu visit from my dear friend, Éowyn. It was absolutely c r a z y how fast it all worked out so well and that I got to see her. <3 We had a fabulous time together, watching movies like Rio Bravo, The Greatest Showman, and My Darling Clementine. We explored some shops in my town and went to a lighthouse and hiked the Sleeping Bear Dunes which was a little exhausting but very very fun. :D And we felt so proud of ourselves afterward. It was such a special time, and I'm so grateful to God for how it all worked out. Till next time, Éowyn! *hugs*

look! There are our shadows :P

•With Alyssa and Olivia.  Read this post for the story on that. ;)



//Watching & Reading//
Brooklyn
This movie brings me to tears and makes me feel safe and happy and healed all at once. It's realllly good and I've watched it twice within the space of about a month or so. I really find comfort in watching how Eilis adapts to her new home and life. Though, my recent move seems nothing in comparison. I can't imagine crossing an ocean all by myself and living alone. It's absolutely terrifying.
Bu anyways. The aesthetic of this movie, the music, the Irish ACCENTS, the characters and romance....EVERYTHING. I love it dearly. (Also TONY. ♥)

(PS. I recommend filtering or fast forwarding with the remote, just fyi. It has some issues. :P)

"THE BEST PART. This is when I lose it altogether." Brooklyn movie 2015

Road to Avonlea season 5&6. All right, can Gus and Felicity just get married already? Also, why are the season openers always so bizarre and drawn-out? Will Andrew King EVER come back? (Despite my complaints, I still love this show. :))

Solo. I LOVED THE NEW STAR WARS MOVIE SO MUCH. Click here for my thoughts.

Incredibles 2. Guyyyyysss. Frrieeennds. this moviiiieeee. *cries* Incredibles 2 was amazing. Seriously. I absolutely loved it. This movie didn't feel at all like a "sequel", it felt like an expansion of the previous movie. Funny thing is, I didn't "grow up" on this movie like I did other Disney movies. I can't remember the first time I saw Incredibles, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't super young. BUT. The opening scenes of this movie literally made me tear up. It just felt so nostalgic and perfect. The characters were all the same, nothing was changed, it just continued

I REALLY LOVED THIS MOVIE. The plot, the humor, the dialogue, everything. (Also, Jack-Jack fighting the raccoon was literally one of the best scenes.  It had me laughing so hard I was almost crying. I rarely laugh that hard and it just made me so happy. <3)

(*I've actually been watching a ridiculous amount of movies and such lately, but I'm not going to weigh this post down today with all that. ;) The above mentioned are just recent highlights.*)

•Uninvited by Lisa Terkeurst 
Wow. This book was really good. I generally find modern Christian nonfiction (what little I've read) to be somewhat iffy, but I don't really recall much of anything that I disagreed with in this book. It had a lot of very healing, encouraging words. Highly recommend for anyone that struggles with feeling unwanted or rejected, or recognizing that your value comes from Christ's love for you--not the opinions of others.

•The False Prince trilogy. AHHHH I'm finally re-reading these books and I love them so so so much. *hugs tight* Sage especially. But really everyone. (But Sage, though.) (And Fink.)

If you like medieval adventures with intrigue and plot twists and snarky dialogue YOU NEED TO READ THESE BOOKS. (did I mention how great the characters are??)

(OKAY BUT THIS SONG REMINDS ME OF THE FALSE PRINCE AND SOMEONE MADE A COLLAGE FOR IT HELP)
(Not quite how I picture Sage, tbh, but you know. It's okay. :P)

//Busy preparing for//
•The ACT test. I got it done June 9th and I actually feel like I did pretty well, all things considered. (Especially despite my desperate meltdown of worry about it the day before.)

•My new summer job at a church daycare. I'm kind of worn out from all the paperwork and the CPR class I had to take, but my first day should be sometime next week and I'm very grateful to be working this summer. 

//Listening to//
For King and Country 
Especially "to the dreamers", "priceless" "shoulders", "this is love", "fix my eyes", "run wild" basically all of them, please listen they're amazzzziinnnngg. 


•Owl City Cinematic album
I know I keep talking about Owl City but guyyyyyysssss. IT'S SO GOOD. *cries from happiness*


//Loving//
Scrivener (LITERAL WRITING LIFESAVER)
•Good friends <3
•The endless expanse of whipped cream clouds you can see when on a plane
•Flowers from the store (pictured below)
•The glow at sunset
•Going to a swing dance group with some friends from church
•The lake at different times of the day. It never fails to amaze me how many different colors and looks it displays. Crystal blue, soft gray, misty green, dusky lilac, bright silver, deep black...
•The feeling I had from traveling solo for the first time. During my travels at the airport, I had moments of intense loneliness and fear, but overall it was an exhilarating experience. God proved faithful, as always, and I felt encouraged and inspired by the taste of independence the trip gave me.
•Long phone calls with good friends ;)
•Going to the movie theater with my brother.

the flowers

//Stressing over//
•My flights/layovers on my trip to Alyssa's home. 
•Studying for the ACT on June 9th
•Paperwork for my new job
•Getting fingerprinted for my new job
•Taking a CPR/AED/First Aid class for my new job
•My new job
•Life


//Learning//
I feel as if I've learned so much over the past couple of months, and yet I know I need to learn so much more, because honestly? Despite all the goodness God has been giving me, I spend a lot of days feeling depressed and ungrateful. And I know I need to change that, for He's proven His faithfulness to me time and time and time and time and time and time and time again.

And time again. ;) He is so good.

When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.
Psalm 138:3
#my view from the plane <3

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Real talk, friends. Life has been crazy busy since we moved. Not only has it been busy, it's been hard. There's been a lot of ups and downs, and lots of things we still have to figure out. Frankly, I'm on the brink of being overwhelmed (maybe I already am and just don't know it because I'm so exhausted haha) and have decided I need to change things up this summer.

Which means....I'm taking a blogging hiatus. :( I know my summer job is going to add a lot to my schedule. And when I do have down time, I want to spend it writing my fiction projects.  I have stories that need to be completed and characters who will never forgive me if I don't fix their lives before I write "the end." And that means I have to give a few things up this summer.

And to be honest, I feel like I'm at a crossroads with this blog. I don't want to give it up. But for awhile now blogging just hasn't felt the same to me, and I'm thinking it may be time for something to change. I don't know what that is yet. I want to keep on blogging, but my life has a bunch of question marks written all over it at the moment and until I get some of those boxes filled in, I feel at a loss as to what to do with my blog.

Now, that being said, I hate to box myself in. I'm officially going on a blogging hiatus for the summer...but I may unofficially be back once or twice or thrice. ;) Because I just know if I say something like "I won't be back till August", I'll probably want to pop back in during July or something. :P  (Also, I will still be checking comments, so if you ever want to get a hold of me, don't hesitate to comment. :))

Till the time is right for my return, friends, I bid you all a very fond farewell. ♥

(I'm sorry this farewell is so brief and detail-less. I want to get this post done, and I feel as if I have so much to say that it's easier to say practically nothing, till I have the time and the right words. :( Sorry, friends. *hugs*)




What have you been doing this spring?
Have you ever traveled solo? Did you like it?
What are some of your summer plans?
SEE YOU AFTER THE SUMMER! :)



June 2, 2018

Solo: My Thoughts

SOLO


Heyyyy all! Today I'm here to share my thoughts on Solo, the newest Star Wars film that just came out. (This is sort of a review....but really just a conglomeration of thoughts because I'm too lazy to write an actual review. Bullet points are easier. :P)

(Also, I hope that talking about this movie makes up for the fact that I never told y'll my thoughts on The Last Jedi like I promised. Oops.)

My brother and I went to see Solo this past Tuesday. Of course, as we drove to the theater, we talked about our expectations. He had high ones, I had low ones. I'm kind of a hard-to-understand person sometimes. Despite Han Solo being one of my favorite heroes in the history of ever (and one of my top fictional crushes since I was ten years old *cough*)...I had very low expectations for this movie. The trailer hadn't made me too excited, and I feel as if we've been bombarded with so many SW movies lately that the thought of another one was kind of exhausting. Even if it was about Han Solo.

At the very least, I went into the movie expecting to be entertained. And here's the thing--I totally was entertained. But in the best possible way.

Han Solo

*Warning* I'm not going to attempt to mark spoilers. Read at your own caution. *End warning*

•First thing's first, Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo. I loved him. Total stamp of approval. It's not that he looked exactly like Harrison Ford or sounded exactly like him or acted exactly like him. There were definitely moments of that—but overall I think he was epic as Han Solo because he was his own Han Solo. He bravely gave his own interpretation of the character and I really, really liked it.

In fact, I feel as if this version of Han has made me love his character even more. I seriously didn't know that was possible.

(But, for the record, there were definitely moments where he'd smirk or grin or laugh and I was like "YESS you've got it that's Han Solo!!!")

•Madame whatever-her-name-was was NOT cool. I'm really tired of slug-alien-crime-lord-villains. Was Jabba not enough?? 

•The 70's-looking car/speeder that Han and Qi'ra used to escape was fantastic. (Also, just that chase scene in general was epic.)

•I wished we could have seen more of  Corellia.

•Han's bout in the Imperial Army was super duper cool. Especially when everyone keeps telling him he needs to learn to take orders. xD

•HE WASN'T BORN A SOLO HE GOT HIS NAME FROM HIS RECRUITER WHAT EVEN.

• I was freaked out about "the beast" for about a minute until I realized who it was. ;) Chewie and Han's meeting was weird and creepy, but their fake fight was fun and it was so cool seeing the two become friends. (Although I kept expecting them to mention the life debt thing and they never did???)

•I really loved Rio and Val and felt as if I was JUST getting into their characters when they got killed. Not cool, movie. They and Beckett made such a cool little family-tribe and I'm a sucker for that sort of thing in stories. You know, a bunch of mismatched misfits without homes who become a tight-knit group....♥

I really don't understand why they had to die. I feel like the plot could have been the same without killing them off. Especially since Rio's death was so sad. And Val's was morally questionable, in my opinion.  #ihavecomplaints

•Beckett and Val were super cute. Another reason I'm angry they killed Val.

lordsnow: “Emilia Clarke as Qi’Ra and Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo. ”

•Speaking of a romantic couple, I guess it's time to talk about Qi'ra (pronounced Kira) and Han.

*deep breath*

Okay, so. You know that I absolutely adore Han and Leia as a couple. They're one of my favorite couples ever, and have been since I was ten years old. But....but...but.........

I still loved Han and Qi'ra's romance.


I can't tell if it's just because I'm such a hopeless romantic, or because I genuinely found their relationship cool. I think it's 50/50. See, here's the thing:

1) It only makes sense that Han had someone in his past. So I was already mentally prepared for that, as much as I hated to admit it.

2) It's not Harrison Ford. Yes, it's Han Solo, but it's not really truly Han Solo so I can like the romance in Solo without feeling as if I'm really betraying my OTP. (one true pairing)

3 ) I loved that the relationship wasn't more than what it was. Meaning:
   -They already were in a relationship from the start of the movie so we didn't have to go through any pointless meeting/flirting/"I like you" stuff. That would have been annoying to sit through since we knew the relationship wasn't going to last.
   -Yes, they kissed a lot...but nothing beyond that was ever suggested so YES YAY THANKS.
   -Honestly, the idea of them growing up on the streets as friends/sweethearts is just so cute I couldn't help but like them. It's so sweet how they were devoted to looking out for each other. Han was so protective and caring and it just melted my heart to see Han like that. Because he always did have a heart of gold. He tries to hide it in A New Hope but he totally fails. ;)
   -Lastly, the way they "ended" it all deserves an A+. Because they didn't kill her. If they had killed her, it would have made their relationship into a heartbreaking "what could have been". But as it is, we know that she chose a life without Han, and he learned to move on and thus everything is AS IT SHOULD BE.

Qi'Ra- Solo:A Star Wars Story(2018)
•Aside from her role as Han's love interest, I really liked Qi'ra simply as a character. I appreciated that she was a little less independent than all the other main SW heroines. In the beginning of the film, she trusts her life to Han and follows his lead without question. And later in the film, though she has obviously learned how to defend herself, she's not running around shooting villains left and right, screaming, "I don't need a man!!" at the top of her lungs. She kind of takes a back seat for the action, and personally I find that really refreshing for an action movie heroine. (Plus, it keeps her from being a Leia-wanna-be. There is only one Leia; I'm so glad this movie didn't try to "replace her" or compete with her.) (Unlike what a certain tv show called BBC Robin Hood tried to do when their heroine died...)

And then there's the Big Moment at the end where we find out where her true loyalties lie and....oh boy. Firstly, I love that she still likes Han and doesn't kill him and wants to see him safe and happy. This is very cool. Despite all she's been through, she's still essentially the same person deep down, the same girl who loved Han Solo and dreamt of the day he'd come to rescue her. (okay but wasn't that scene where she talked about how dreaming of escaping with him would make her smile?? *heartbreak*) BUT...she has changed. For reasons unknown to us (which makes her character even more interesting), she chooses to abandon Han Solo for....Darth Maul?

Okay, so that part still confuses me. Yeah, I know according to the Clone Wars tv show, he survived his injuries inflicted by Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace, but STILL. Weird. And why does she want to work for him?? Is she a Sith? I thought she wanted to help people?? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS.

Anyways. Despite her horrible decision at the end of the movie, I still love her character.

Also, Getaway Car by Taylor Swift is her song. Seriously. I really hope some talented person who makes fanvideos on youtube puts together a video with that song, because it fits SO WELL.

•Dryden Vos was soooo cool. He had an elegant, careless attitude that was intriguing and kind of different for a SW villain. I feel like a villain can either make or break story like this, and he definitely made it. (For the record, I'm not saying I liked him as a person or approved of anything he did. I only liked him from a strictly story-telling perspective; I thought he was a well-written villain.)

•The little scene concerning pronunciation of "Sabaac" and "Han" was so funny.

Han Solo - A Star Wars Story
•I was definitely looking forward to Donald Glover as Lando (only because of this video....sorrynotsorry) and he didn't disappoint. He was suave and hysterical and totally perfect as Lando. I loved his attitude and how he and Han have a very rocky "friendship" right from the start. When he cheated at the card game, I got so angry. Although it all makes sense now why Han would say in The Empire Strikes Back.... "I don't trust him, either. But he is my friend." xD

However, I didn't care for his droid. L3. She was annoying and pointless and when she died it was like we were supposed to care but I didn't...??? (I mean, I felt sort of bad for Lando and I did feel bad for L3, but just in a general "I hate for sad stuff to happen" not "I really am sad that this specific character died.")

•Seeing the Falcon in all its glory was incredible. (Han, what did you do to this ship between Solo and A New Hope???)

Let's hope something like this is in the Solo movie but not as a flashback.

•As much as I liked Qi'ra, I did not care for her being ON the Falcon. It felt Wrong and Strange to see her in a place that Leia occupied later in time. The Falcon is kind of Han and Leia's place. Qi'ra should never have set foot on it.

•Honestly, why does Han simply boast that he made the Kessel run in only 12 parsecs? It's seriously so much more impressive now that we know he did it along with battling a giant space slug and narrowly getting vacuumed down a black hole. (And apparently there was this big plot hole thing that got solved through this movie. Never heard of it before this. But that's cool.) (Oh, and the fact that it was 12-point-something, but he "rounds down." xD This boyyyy.)

•The twist on the marauders was fantastic. I totally didn't expect them to turn out to good ol' rebels against the Empire & co. It was great. Enfys Nest (sorry but that's a really weird name) was especially amazing. I love what she said to Han about how he'd eventually join the fight. <3  (And her BACKSTORY. *cries*)

•Beckett turning out to be bad was super disappointing. He was epic while it lasted. (Although part of me can see where his "descent" was understandable, though not excusable. He made some bad choices before, and when Val died...I feel like he lost his "better half". But yeah. That's a conversation for another day. It'll be interesting to watch the movie again and really pay attention to Beckett's choices and actions.)

•Unlike Mrs. Bennet's sister, I totally didn't see Beckett's betrayal coming until a few moments before he walked into the room. And that was something I love about this movie. It kept me guessing and totally unsure of who to trust. Qi'ra especially was constantly a question mark for me. I kept going back and forth on who I thought she was loyal to. And that fight scene at the end was epic. I totally didn't expect what happened.

•CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW THE EVENTS OF THIS MOVIE REALLY SHAPED HAN'S CHARACTER? It makes so much sense why he pushes people away in A New Hope. He's scared to trust another person ever again. Because two of the people he trusted most early on in his life betrayed him. I DIDN'T EXPECT TO GET HEARTBROKEN BY HAN'S BACKSTORY HELP.

•The ending made me so happpppyyyy. (But I wish the last shot had been the one of Han and Chewie pulling the hyperspace lever-thing back together, not the stupid dice that no one actually cares about. Yeah, whatever, their existence in The Last Jedi is now explained. Who cares?? They're still not in the original trilogy.)

•Han finding Lando on that jungle planet and winning the Falcon back was the bessstttt.


I guess that about sums it up. I LOVED THIS MOVIE. As epic as Rogue One was, I personally found Solo to be more entertaining and special to me. I do think Rogue One has a really well-woven plot and tells a very, very important story about the SW universe. But Solo is more fun, more exciting, and really really cool. And besides all that.....it's Solo. It's about one of my favorite heroes ever. You can't really beat that. ;)

Have you seen Solo?
What did you think of it?
Are there any Star Wars characters you'd love to see get their own film?