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10 Of Our Favorite Incestuous Relationships
by The Mary Sue Staff | 12:31 pm, August 16th, 2011
Luke and Leia
This was the first one you thought of, right? Incest: it made Han Solo not look like so much of a dick.
After all, it’s not stealing the hero’s girl if the girl turns out to be his sister, right? I mean, come on, he’s totally not going to tap that anymore. (Yes, I know Han was willing to let Luke and Leia have each other if they wanted to before he found out they were twins. I’m talking about Han the character who was made by writers, not Han the person who makes his own decisions.)
But we all know the canonical story of Luke and Leia, the one that gets as far a a bout of tonsil-hockey motivated more by trying to make the other guy jealous rather than deep romantic affection. Let’s talk about the story that was almost canon.
Published in 1978, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye is a Star Wars Expanded Universe novel set between the release of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, intended to pave the way for a low budget made-for-TV sequel, should A New Hope prove less than successful. Which is to say, it was written in that nebulous period where George Lucas wasn’t sure if he was ever going to get to make another Star Wars movie, let alone two. And so he hadn’t really figured out if he wanted Luke and Leia to be a romantic pair or a genetic pair.
The novel is questionably canonical, partly because it features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader meeting each other face to face for the first time… before they would meet each other for the first time in Empire Strikes. However, it’s mostly considered non-canon because Lucas had apparently not outlined his indecision about the twins to author Alan Dean Foster. The novel features a prominent romantic tension between the two, including Luke openly admiring Leia’s curves, and this nugget (both found on TVTropes)
The Princess grew aware of how tightly she was clinging to him. Their proximity engendered a wash of confused emotion. It would be proper to disengage, to move away a little. Proper, but not nearly so satisfying.
Aaand, we need to take a quick squick break already.
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