Site Makes “The Case For More Padmé Amidala”

Eleven Thirty Eight posted a long piece called The Case For More Padmé Amidala, which advocated for more books, comics, etc. that feature Padmé:

Like the rest of Star Wars fandom, I am eagerly anticipating next week’s release of Claudia Gray’s Bloodline. And while I am excited for a Leia-centric political novel, I can’t help but think of the other Skywalker family politician: Padmé Amidala. While I have always loved Leia, as a kid I latched onto Padmé in a way I never did with her daughter. I loved Padmé because she was both someone I looked up to and someone who was relatable. Padmé was a kid who ruled a planet and foiled Sith machinations due to sheer stubbornness and quick thinking, and yet was still totally a teenage girl. She pouts when she doesn’t get her way and makes friends with funny little boys in junk shops. I was enamored.

But sadly, most of the EU apparently doesn’t share my fondness for the galaxy’s most fabulously dressed politician. For a character who makes up one third of the prequel trilogy, she doesn’t get a lot of love outside the movies (or even within the movies, if we’re being honest). But she’s intimately connected to most major players in the saga; she’s close colleagues with Palpatine (at least at first), she’s married to Anakin (and indirectly one of the reasons for his fall), and she’s mother to Luke and Leia. She’s firmly entrenched within the Skywalker family and yet this is rarely acknowledged.
All this is why I think we are long overdue for a Padmé novel (well, frankly I just want more Padmé in general but starring in her own book is a start). Furthermore, it should be something focusing on the earlier part of her career, after The Phantom Menace but before Attack of the Clones, and before Anakin comes back into the picture.

I don’t agree with what the author had to say about the films (this site is mostly for fans of the cartoons and books) but I concur with the overall point of the article and that is Padmé could use a lot more love and attention.

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33 Responses to “Site Makes “The Case For More Padmé Amidala””

  1. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    I agree. I was just musing while playing Disney Infinity 3.0 that the playable Leia looks and feels more like Padmé, so why not make a playable Padmé? (She and Jar Jar are questgivers in story mode and unlockable NPCS in the level editor).

    I feel that anyone who praises TFA for “strong female characters” are insultingly forgetting both Padmé AND Leia (and I find Padmé particularly a stronger and more well-rounded character than anyone in TFA – again, they’re not “bad” characters, I just haven’t connected with them yet).

  2. Cristian Martinez Says:

    Is funny that a new Leia political book, when there is no political context of Leia in Force Awakens whatsoever.

  3. LadyJediScientist Says:

    I agree we need more Padme. Not just in terms of books, but I would love to see a Padme dress line by Her Universe😆

    In regards to her character in the films, I don’t think Padme is diminished in AOTC. We already saw Padme the politician in TPM. What George choose to do was show us the more vulnerable side of Padme. She enjoys her work, but she’s had to make some tough choices along the way. Examining this side to her doesn’t diminish Padme’s character- it just makes her more relatable, more human.

  4. susanbowes Says:

    I also agree that we need more of Padme’s backstory, especially her life between PM and AOTC, focusing on her life outside the political arena.

  5. Phen Says:

    Padme has such a strength of will in the prequels. Especially TPM.

    Teenage leader of a planet, Palpy thinks he can manipulate her, but she doesn’t play by his rules.

    i love the feud between her and Nute Gunray that’s kinda of a back ground thing “Jango shoot her or something”

    Padme is so legit.

    • susanbowes Says:

      Jango didn’t shoot Padme, He was hired by Dooku to assassinate her. Jango in turn hired Zev to kill Padme on Coruscant with those poisonous worms. Jango shot Zev with a poison dart when she was captured by Anakin and Obi-Wan before she could tell them who hired her. Palpatine was behind the plot to assassinate Padme, of course.

  6. aastacia Says:

    I wasn’t all that interested in reading Bloodline until the spoilers on reddit alerted me to the fact that Padme is discussed in it. Now I’m ordering it!

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Hmmm….

      “Bloodline” is the kind of book I would’ve liked to have seen 10 years ago but I was so annoyed last year with the new publishing controversies, I swore off reading them. The upcoming Ahsoka book has my interest but we’ll see.

      • darth66zannah Says:

        Can you elaborate on the publishing controversy and that Ahsoka book?

      • lazypadawan Says:

        There’s an Ahsoka novel coming out in October (I posted about it a little while ago) and I don’t want to get into the stuff that followed “Aftermath” too much here except to say it turned into an assumption that if you didn’t like the book, it was because of one’s own agenda rather than the quality of the book. I never read it and it didn’t interest me then or now, but the hullabaloo showed me how ridiculous it’s all become.

  7. Hoggle Says:

    Padme was far from just a love interest in AoTCs & RoTS & had a top notch potrayal creating a vital & integral link in the prequels tonal ‘reality’ & fabric.

    That said, deleted scenes (& some may be truncated versions of bigger deleted scenes) in AoTCs & RoTS could have potentially layered surrounding scenes and all that was going on quite sweetly as have commented about before.

    In an indirect improvisational creative fashion, the two characterisations that have shaped & moulded the story of GL’s six SW films the most would be Portman & Fisher, both embodying the respective eras of the trilogies movie making and stories.

  8. Noah Evans (The Artist) Says:

    With this issue being brought to light, I will state that I had an idea for a Padme and Jar Jar TV show that takes place from after Phantom Menace up to after her funeral in Revenge of the Sith. Sort of like a mix of comedy and serious friendship genres. However, with Disney in charge, trying to make a deal or pitch to them is unreasonably unlikely…

  9. ladylavinia1932 Says:

    That said, deleted scenes (& some may be truncated versions of bigger deleted scenes) in AoTCs & RoTS could have potentially layered surrounding scenes and all that was going on quite sweetly as have commented about before.

    As I had pointed out in a response to the article, neither the backgrounds of either Leia or Han were explored. Even their situation in “THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK” was more about Anakin trying to get his hands on Luke.

    If we’re going to complain about those deleted scenes about Padme’s home life on Naboo, we might as well complain about the lack of such scenes for either Leia or Han.

    • Hoggle Says:

      LadyL, i just found the deleted scenes of which i am familiar with for the PTs, particularly for AoTCs & RoTS, nearly all potentially enriching in ways the films could flow and their story movements & Padme is in alot of the scenes for one reason or another.

      • Mike Jones Says:

        I think we can blame the haters that were so loud with their criticisms for TPM. Based on what I’ve read, because of this criticism of “lack of action” in TPM, FOX (via producer McCallum) essentially pressured Lucas to remove such scenes because of pacing and flow and to keep the movie moving (at least in AOTC’s case); they probably saw that those scene’s we’re crucial enough to stay on the final cut. In ROTS’s case, there was also questions about pacing and flow as well but I also think it has to do with concentrating on Anakin’s turn to the dark side in the first part of the movie.

        Here’s an except from Wikipedia: “Lucas excised all the scenes of a group of Senators (including Padmé, Bail Organa, and Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly)) organizing an alliance to prevent the Chancellor from receiving any more emergency powers. Though this is essentially the Rebel Alliance’s birth, the scenes were discarded to achieve more focus on Anakin’s story”

        [Here’s another interesting tidbit: “Since Lucas refocused the film on Anakin, he had to sacrifice certain extraneous plot points relating to Attack of the Clones. Lucas had previously promised fans that he would explain the mystery behind the erasure of the planet Kamino from the Jedi Archives. However, Lucas abandoned this plot thread in order to devote more time to Anakin’s story, leaving the matter unresolved on film. As a compromise, Lucas permitted author James Luceno to explain the mystery of Kamino’s erasure and the origins of the Clone army in his expanded universe novel Labyrinth of Evil.” [That book of course is non-canon now and of course this was now explored in TCW. That said, in my opinion, I don’t think it was that necessary to be covered on film as having some mystery is good and I also don’t think that something that was needed for audiences to understand what was going. And if one really wants to get into this mystery, well, there’s the TCW episodes that cover it in season 6]]

        This is one of those “you’re damn if you don, and you’re damn if you don’t” type of things and we can blame haters for it.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Good point. There’d been a cottage industry in fan fiction set between ANH and TESB on Han and Leia’s developing relationship.

  10. Kim Says:

    I’d love to see a whole series of books featuring Padme at different stages in her life. I haven’t cared for the 2 books I’ve read from the “new” EU, but I will give the Ahsoka book a look.

  11. ladylavinia1932 Says:

    LadyL, i just found the deleted scenes of which i am familiar with for the PTs, particularly for AoTCs & RoTS, nearly all potentially enriching in ways the films could flow and their story movements & Padme is in alot of the scenes for one reason or another.

    I understand that, but why do so many complain about the deleted scenes of Padme’s home life in AOTC and her hobnobbing with her fellow senators in ROTS; yet they fail to complain about the lack of a back story for either Han or Leia in the OT?

    • Mike Jones Says:

      I think we can blame the haters that were so loud with their criticisms for TPM. Based on what I’ve read, because of this criticism of “lack of action” in TPM, FOX (via producer McCallum) essentially pressured Lucas to remove such scenes because of pacing and flow and to keep the movie moving (at least in AOTC’s case); they probably saw that those scene’s we’re crucial enough to stay on the final cut. In ROTS’s case, there was also questions about pacing and flow as well but I also think it has to do with concentrating on Anakin’s turn to the dark side in the first part of the movie.

      Here’s an except from Wikipedia: “Lucas excised all the scenes of a group of Senators (including Padmé, Bail Organa, and Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly)) organizing an alliance to prevent the Chancellor from receiving any more emergency powers. Though this is essentially the Rebel Alliance’s birth, the scenes were discarded to achieve more focus on Anakin’s story”

      [Here’s another interesting tidbit: “Since Lucas refocused the film on Anakin, he had to sacrifice certain extraneous plot points relating to Attack of the Clones. Lucas had previously promised fans that he would explain the mystery behind the erasure of the planet Kamino from the Jedi Archives. However, Lucas abandoned this plot thread in order to devote more time to Anakin’s story, leaving the matter unresolved on film. As a compromise, Lucas permitted author James Luceno to explain the mystery of Kamino’s erasure and the origins of the Clone army in his expanded universe novel Labyrinth of Evil.” [That book of course is non-canon now and of course this was now explored in TCW. That said, in my opinion, I don’t think it was that necessary to be covered on film as having some mystery is good and I also don’t think that something that was needed for audiences to understand what was going. And if one really wants to get into this mystery, well, there’s the TCW episodes that cover it in season 6]]

      This is one of those “you’re damn if you don, and you’re damn if you don’t” type of things and we can blame haters for it.

      • Hoggle Says:

        The mystery of the Clones is resolved at end of AoTCs when we hear that Dooku is Tryarranus, who hired Jango. It’s also strongly hinted that Jedi Master Sido-yas was killed before the deal to the Cloners in movie.

        What was never addressed was what the Jedi’s perspective was on the origins of their new Clone army (& thus taking command of & using the Clone Army). The most there really is, comes from Yoda saying only the Sith knows of the Jedi weakness in not sensing the Clones, implying that they suspect a Sith connection to the Clone Army.

        The Padme senator type scenes had alot of overlap with the mutual arcs of Padme & Anakin, along with the Jedi & Palpatine, Anakin & Jedi, Anakin & SIth stories too ✂

      • Hoggle Says:

        In the third draft of AotCs, which has alot of similarity to the final movie & cut scenes (may have been very close to what was filmed in principle photography at a guess) along with alot of other good stuff, there is more substance to the Jedi character in relation to the mystery of the Clone army.

        Obi-1 in his second hologram to the meeting in Palpatine’s office, remembers that Jango told him he was recruited by someone going by the name of Darth Tyranus. It is interesting, in that it is obvioulsy not common Jedi knowledge that the Sith use the Darth forenames. Obi wonders if he is the same as the imposter Jedi Master. Mace says it is the Sith apprentice.

        So in this third draft, which may be what was initially filmed or close to it, the Jedi when first learnt of the Clone Army, concluded that someone was out to start a war. Then later on, they find out a Sith is involved.

        And that’s pretty much what i thought when AotCs was released at the movies after my few initial times going to see it play. I assumed that the Jedi knew the Sith were involved, & their perspective was essentially stealing the Army off Dooku/the Sith. It’s really the only problem with the whole development of the Clone Army, what the Jedi’s thoughts were to it, after all a good proportion of the movie is the Jedi being involved in a mystery trail that leads to the Clone Army which they then use – something saying what they made of what they have been involved with for a good proportion of the movie would have made sense. In the third draft screenplay, this was taken care of.

        All the same, as it was, i expected it to be mentioned in the next movie RotS, not the mystery as they solved it i had assumed but their Jedi pov about it. Also think it would have worked really well, with what eventuated in RotS as it turned out, that of the Jedi starting to feel extremely anxious about their decision to use the Clone army with the Sith background. Would have liked it adding more a punch drunk emphasis to Jedi handling of much of what goes on in RotS, adding to the fear factor behind their decisions. Like if it had been mentioned by Mace to Obi & Yoda, after talking to Palpatine after his rescue scene, telling them he know senses the Dark Side surrounds Palpatine & his worry about having used the Sith involved Clone Armies. Then the cut to Anakin & Padme sequences involving Anakin’s first nitemare, (evil cackle >:O )

  12. darth66zannah Says:

    I LOVE Padme so much. Great character. It really pisses me off that the evil Disney Empire is totally ignoring her. Should could easily have been in the Infinity video game with her signature laser gun. I love the sound of that blaster! Another thing is that there are no good statues of her. All the statues of her look ugly and nothing like Natalie at all!

    And I refuse to read that Bloodline book….All I’m going to say is what the PT haters have been saying about all the PT books in regards to background info for the films….”IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE MOVIE! The movie is what counts. If I have to read a book to better like a movie than that says a lot about the shortcommings of the film.”

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