Since Carrie Fisher’s unexpected passing, fans have been taking to social media to pay tribute to a beloved actress, woman, and intergalactic savior. Old photos, videos and quotes have resurfaced of the galaxy’s favorite princess (and General!), taking on a new poignancy as fans reflect on Fisher’s legacy and marvel on the wisdom she imbued with every syllable she uttered. Every image is a statement. Every video is a teachable moment. Every sentence is a sound bite.
What strikes me as I surf through the seemingly infinite body of Carrie Fisher tributes is the lack of distinction between her onscreen activities–she is best known for playing Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars’ trilogy–and offscreen activities– she advocated for female empowerment and mental health awareness and wrote as both a novelist and screenwriter. Most tribute creations feature Princess Leia, but lack the additional intergalactic trappings one would expect from a Star Wars fanatic.
Inherent in the tribute art is a blending of genres which speaks less to the artistic prowess of Fisher’s fan base and more to the authenticity and simplicity of Fisher’s legacy and the values she applied to everything she did. No matter how you came to know Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia, her fans love, remember, and depict her all the same.