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Carson Speaks About Highly Anticipated ‘Rise of Skywalker‘ Novel

StarWars.com sat down with Rae Carson on Tuesday to talk about her novelization of The Rise of Skywalker, which went on sale that day.

When asked about writing under Disney deadlines, Carson admitted they were tight.

“I had to be very disciplined while writing The Rise of Skywalker. I didn’t touch my Xbox for three months — a personal record.”

Rae Carson

Carson spoke of how another SW novelization impacted her childhood.

“[Return of the Jedi] was the first novelization I ever read, and I read it because my family couldn’t afford to go to the movie theater, but I had to know how the story would end,” she told the website. “Tiny 10-year-old Rae, living in a run-down apartment and dressed in her Princess Leia costume (an old bed sheet) while reading Return of the Jedi would not believe you if you told her she’d write her own Skywalker saga novelization one day.”

Rae Carson

The novelizations of Star Wars movies typically hold extra scenes and insight the movies couldn’t provide. This novelization has been highly anticipated by fans, who have burning questions about the return of Palpatine, the fate of Ben and Leia, and Rey’s journey, among others.

One of the things Carson wanted to focus on was time with Leia.

“We know the filmmakers would have done more with her if they could have. The team was incredibly supportive of my desire to expand Leia’s screen time, especially her final moments.”

Rae Carson

“Leia is the perfect teacher for [Rey] because she knows exactly what it’s like to have an unexpected awakening into power,” Carson said about their Master and apprentice. “These two women finding each other is a gift to each of them.”

The author also spoke a bit on the return of Palpatine and Rey’s taking on the Skywalker name. 

“The entire Skywalker saga is about Palpatine turning or trying to turn Skywalkers to the dark side. He especially hopes that Rey will prove a worthy vessel for his own power and ambition and become the Skywalkers’ final downfall. But in spite of all his efforts over the course of three generations, he fails. Rey rejects everything about him and takes on the Skywalker mantle and legacy. In the end, it’s a Palpatine who turns to the light, thus handing the Skywalkers their ultimate victory.”

Rae Carson

You can find more of the interview on StarWars.com! Make sure to grab your copy from your local bookseller. 

Jamie Binegar
"You cannot stop change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.” — Shmi Skywalker

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