GUEST POST – I Want Me Some Wookie by Auralee Wallace
Back in June when my debut novel, SIDEKICK, was set to launch, I was tasked with the job of writing a number of guest posts. I decided, in order to stick with the whole sidekick theme, I’d spend some time looking into some historical examples. That’s when I stumbled across Chewie.
Initially, I thought I would do a Top Ten list for why Chewbacca may be the best sidekick at all time, but it wasn’t long before I discovered Chewie was so much more than a sidekick; he was a compelling male… what is he again? Oh yeah, a Wookie. But fearing the blowback of Wookie love, I never published the post. I thought I had gone too far even for me.
Well, the months have passed, and it seems the “Wookie” just won’t die. I wanted it die. When I re-looked at this post and thought, “Huh, that’s the most inane things you’ve ever written,” but for Penny of Penny Dreadful Reviews it has become a bit of a thing. So at Penny’s request, here it is. Much like the Wookie upsetting her is not a good idea.
DISCLAIMER: I still have grave reservations about attaching my name to this piece. In fact, I will probably deny ownership of it should it ever come up in polite conversation, but, regardless, here it is.
Let The Trial Begin!
RULES: Points will be awarded to either the Sidekick or Date category in a completely whimsical, entirely biased fashion.
1. Chewy has a fabulous head of hair. I can’t really see many sidekick advantages here, but from a dating perspective, it’s unlikely that he’ll ever go bald…although I do have to wonder about the shedding issue. Once you get wet dog smell in your upholstery, it’s never coming out. No points to either side.
2. Everybody wants to imitate the wookie. In fact, at times I tend to think those wookie noises might even upstage the imitable Hans Solo. Not good in a sidekick. Great for a family dinner though. Your family will love him! Everyone will be making Chewie sounds around the table. And those are happy sounds. Try it. I know you’ll like it. One point date!
3. He knows how to dance. Again, no readily obvious sidekick advantages here, but just imagine what a magical evening it would be to dance cheek to furry cheek with our friend Chewie. One point date!
4. He doesn’t talk in a language anyone can understand except for Hans Solo…and I guess other Wookies. So this is a handy trait for a sidekick. Think of all the secret information he could pass on. Plus, he can’t talk smack about his boy, Hans. Then again, I can also think of many a first date where I wished my companion was unable to speak. I know you can too. Two points Sidekick. One point Date.
5. He’s warm. When you’re not saving the universe, how awesome would it be to curl up with Chewy on the couch? You know he’s even more comfortable than one of those blankets you see on TV with the sleeves. That being said if you were freezing to death on the ice plains of say planet Hoth he might also be fun to snuggle with. One point each!
6. He’s caring and would take care of you when you’re sick. I’m going to give one point to Sidekick here, but two points to date because that there is husband material.
7. He’s big and has some impressive muscle. Very useful in a sidekick. Very attractive in a date (I am so tempted to expand on the “big” part right now, but I won’t. I’m starting to creep myself out!) One point each!
Well, I thought about going to ten, but I just can’t…not after seeing that look on Leia’s face. So let’s tally the scores!
Date: SEVEN Sidekick: FOUR
I know. I’m kind of surprised too. But there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this exploration of the Wookie, but let us never speak of it again.
Auralee Wallace is an author of humorous commercial women’s fiction and occasional guest blogger at Penny Dreadful Book Reviews https://pennydreadfulbooks.me/. She is a member of the RWA, and her debut novel, Sidekick, a superhero urban fantasy, placed as a finalist in the Virginia Fool for Love Contest, The TARA Contest and The Catherine. Sidekick has been picked up by Harlequin’s Escape Publishing and is due for release June 1st, 2014. Auralee has an undergraduate degree in psychology, a Master’s degree in English literature and has worked in the publishing industry for a number of years before teaching at the college level.
Auralee has always been fascinated by the power of stereotypes in terms of race, gender, and disability and how those beliefs colour our understanding of the world and of each other.
When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children and three rescue cats isn’t writing or playing soccer, she can be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and her blog http://auraleewallace.com.
Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.
Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.
Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.
Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.
Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy…