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Title: Heaven Sent
Author: Moon_Destiny
Fandom: Star Wars
Pairing: Anakin Skywalker/Padme Amidala
Spoilers: Spoils somethings from all three movies.
Notes: This manifesto will focus solely on the three movies which these characters appear in and will not use any extended universe or cartoon references, sadly.


THE CHARACTERS
This is Anakin as seen in Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith (played by Hayden Christensen).





This is younger Anakin, first appearing in Episode One: The Phantom Menace (played by Jake Lloyd).



Anakin, at the start of episode one, we learn, is a small boy from Tatooine. He and his mother, Shmi, are slaves owned by Watto, a junk dealer. Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn discovers Anakin when he and his padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, come to the planet to guard Queen Padme Amidala.

Qui-Gon wins Anakin’s freedom from Watto by betting Watto the young podracer can beat him in an upcoming podrace. Anakin miraculously wins the race, and the young boy then says goodbye to his mother and leaves with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to start his training as a Jedi- because Qui-Gon firmly believes Anakin to be the “Chosen One”- a Jedi prophecy that foretells that the Chosen One will bring balance to the Force.

However, Qui-Gon’s wishes to train Anakin in the art of the Jedi come to a standstill when the Jedi Council refuse Qui-Gon’s request to take on Anakin as an apprentice. They say that his future is clouded and he’s a little old to start training.

Anakin, however, proves himself by destroying a droid ship from the corrupted Trade Federation, and as Qui-Gon lies dying from wounds inflicted by the bad guys, he urges Obi-Wan to train the boy and Obi-Wan, feeling he must carry out his master’s last wish, whether the Council approves of it or not, takes on the little boy as his padawan. (I’m inclined here to think that maybe Qui-Gon should’ve listened to the Jedi Council as maybe they foresaw that Anakin would bring more trouble than he would balance to the Force.)

In later films, we seem him developing into a brash, arrogant character who’s easily influenced by his emotions (in other words, not a very good Jedi in terms of their philosophies), but still a very fine one for his skills and instincts.

Anakin follows his heart, more than his head, which can account for his downfall in RotS. In trying to save Padme from death (like he couldn't save his mother), Anakin loses himself to the dark side. (Ironically enough, if he had never joined the dark side in the first place, he never would have choked Padme and she wouldn't have died in labor because she didn't have anything else to live for.)

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This is Padme Amidala as played by Natalie Portman in all three movies.








Padme Amidala is the daughter of Jobal and Ruwee Naberrie from Naboo. She entered the world of politics at a very young age, and was elected queen of Naboo at age fourteen. She’s described as beautiful, kind, and is very devoted to her people.

She’s stylish, while being a kickass warrior, and not the damsel in distress you’d expect to find her- she can fight monstrous beasts and hold her own.

In Attack of the Clones, she returns as a Senator for her planet, her term as queen having ended (though the people of Naboo were more than willing to let the term limit slide so she could rule some more).

While Padme is being her kickass self in a world mostly dominated by the male species in the real world, she knows something is missing in her life. She longs for family and love to complete her, but she isn’t ready to give up her career and everything she’s built for herself yet- which could be one of the reasons why she’s so reluctant to see Anakin as more than a friend in AtoC. (The character of Padme though, even though this is science fiction and more about evil empires, is someone a modern female can relate to very much, which is one of the many reasons why she’s my favorite SW character.)

Padme’s character is layered and real. She’s strong, but has her moments of weakness. She tries to do the right thing, and to follow her heart. She’s one of those characters whom young girls can see on the television and feel like they themselves can relate to that character even though it’s froth with battles, weapons and action- and feels very much like a boy’s world made only to interest males, with no room for weak females who might not get it.

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Canon Evidence
(episode by episode)

The Phantom Menace
*Young Anakin’s crush on her.
*Their easily made bond.

Attack of the Clones
*The near kisses and longing.
*Eye gazing and laughing at each other.
*Already fight like two old married couple.
*The kiss between them when faced with the possibility of dying.
*Again, like in TPM, glued together like two peas in a pod.
*The wedding at the end.

Revenge of the Sith
*Meetings behind pillars!
*They’re pregnant!
*Cheesy ramblings about being blinded by love.
*Anakin so willing to go over to the dark side if it means having Padme live.
*Padme, after everything happens, still believing in her husband’s goodness.
*Parents of the TWINS who’ll save the world and grow to be kickass themselves.

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MY INTERPRETATIONS & REASONS FOR SHIPPING THEM


The thing that got me to ship Anakin/Padme was at the beginning of Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Anakin was so cute with his crush on Padme. It proved that not even distance and time could quell Anakin's love for Padme. What started as a simple young boy's crush on a young, beautiful Queen intensified by seeing her for the first time in a decade.

Their love was forbidden from the beginning, but, in the end, their love and attraction won out. While Anakin was more receptive toward being in a relationship with Padme, she wasn't- at least not until they suddenly found themselves in danger, and it looked as though they weren't going to be alive for long. That showed that what it really came down to- in a matter of life and death- is that Padme returned Anakin's true feelings as well.

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Anakin's crush on Padme when he was only a boy was the beginning of things. Sure, at first, it was just a crush a young boy had on this girl whom he suddenly found himself spending a lot of time with, and who was intrigued by him as well. Their first meeting in The Phantom's Menace was one of discovery and admiration for one another. While Padme learned how the galactic anti-slavery laws didn't apply on Tatooine, that was what gave her sympathy for Anakin- who she saw at once as this bright boy who had dreams and hopes, but was ultimately stuck where he was because he was a slave. Similarly, the appearance of Padme (and along with Qui-Gon, and Obi-Wan) opened Anakin's eyes. Here he was a boy of ten years, and all he knew was slavery. So these three strangers suddenly coming to his home planet was something new in Anakin's life. He welcomed them, and even brought them home to stay with him. It's safe to say that Anakin trusted these strangers, and was really curious about them.

Boom. His crush on Padme starts. He can't help it. He goes back with them to start his Jedi training. In his eyes, Padme, Obi-Wan, and Qui-Gon helped him achieve his dreams of escaping Tatooine and slavery.

His crush on Padme never really disperses-even after ten years apart, it only intensifies; it doesn't have a chance but to grow deeper.

On Padme’s side of things, the crush really starts in episode two when she and Anakin meet again, and they start spending time again, reconnecting as old friends, but something else, something deeper, growing between them.

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Fast forward a decade later. We learn that Obi-Wan is still training Anakin to become a Jedi. And we see Anakin as a twenty-year-old confident Jedi apprentice. He still retains some traits of his as a young boy, but now he's more grown-up, and generally appears to be happy. Cynics would now have foretold his crush on Padme to have long since been extinguished. However, fate surprisingly brings the two of them back together, and their first meeting since a decade ago shows that Anakin still feels like a little boy that he was so long ago around Padme. It's obvious by how Anakin acts around Padme in the second film that he still hasn't let go of his crush on her. By now, he truly loves her.

Padme, hunted by assassins intent on killing her, doesn't really have time to dwell on her feelings for Anakin. She can't- for one, she knows there can't be anything between them because of her concentrating on her career and Anakin training to be a Jedi, who are known for their lack of attachments and relationships with others.

Padme, I think on some level, knows how important it is to Anakin to become a Jedi, and being her selflessness self, Padme doesn't dare to entertain the idea of her and Anakin becoming linked romantically because she knows the Jedi Council would kick him out for loving her. She doesn't want that for Anakin. If that happened, she'd never forgive herself. She still doesn't know the true extent of Anakin's feelings for her; she believes that he is merely crushing on her, and that if they deny their feelings, eventually they'd be able to move on.

She probably thinks this will be easy as her plate is all ready full with an on-coming war, and trying to stay alive. But fate, still persistent as ever, keeps Anakin and Padme side by side. This, inevitably, leads to old feelings of friendship and admiration for one another to come surfacing back up.

Another reason why they work so well together romantically for me is the fact that they become good friends so fast. Despite the fact that they have differing views on politics and diplomatics, and seem to argue at every turn, the fact that they listen to each other and genuinely care for one another is very obvious.

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I didn’t actually get into Star Wars (and consequently the pairing) until the last episode came out in 2005 (release of the last episode was a catalyst for me to watch the prequels and the other three in the original trilogy). What attracted me to this ship was mostly the secrecy. They had to have their love hidden from the world, but it was so sweet in a way, having their hidden moments behind pillars and their anxiety to see and be near each other. Their love, at least in my eyes, transcended the taboo that Jedi are to never get attached, or to have personal relationships. It was all so dangerous for them to love one another, but they simply didn’t care.

I knew getting into the pairing that it was a doomed one, but, before the end of episode three came, their romance looked exactly what every girl dreams of. It was perfect and romantic and squee-worthy.

I think a lot of people can like Padme’s and Anakin’s story simply for the fact that it seems to revolve a lot around fate. I mean, unless my understanding is wrong, Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, and Padme didn’t have to land on Tatooine, and for Anakin to simply be there and to see them and invite perfect strangers to his home? It all can’t be a big coincidence. (And the fact that they have twins who are separated at birth, but suddenly run into each other twenty some odd years later, all seems like the work of fate.)

I know you can find many things wrong with the ‘ship (especially in the last film) and I’m very well aware of the bad side, but the good things are there as well. (It might’ve been a bit more romantic and less on the cheesy side, but we shall blame that on George Lucas rather than the characters themselves).

It’s just a very romantic, but sad story. Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, they part ways, meet again a decade later, fall in love again, get married, boy turns to dark side, girl can’t follow him down that path, girl dies in childbirth, kids get separated, and then another whole story begins.

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FANDOM GUIDE

While the Star Wars fandom is kind of quiet compared to others, it still exists and produces some awesome fan creations. Fanfiction.Net has tons of pages of P/A fics, and in TheForce.Net's fanfiction section there are some gems.

General:
[livejournal.com profile] jedi_news : the fandom’s newsletter. It encompasses everything Star Wars and its expended universe.

[livejournal.com profile] starwars : everything concerning Star Wars.

Shipper-centric:
There are two moderately active comms that I visit.

[livejournal.com profile] padmeanakin
[livejournal.com profile] padmeani_fics

There’s a site decided to them as well with lots of cool stuff: Moons of Iego.

Fic Recs:
Temperate Summary: Certain the reports of Padme’s death are another Jedi lie, Vader visits her tomb.

Chasm Summary: “There…is still good in him.” Her last breath was a declaration of faith in her fallen husband, and it was a belief and a love that Padmé held firm to even after death.

Living in the Here and Now Summary: Changes to the past can't be made but there are always promises for the future. An Anakin and Padmé missing scene vignette.

The Light Before the Shroud Falls Summary: Padmé learns to follow her heart, even if it means her falling into the shroud of darkness. She finally gives in to love, and makes a promise that will affect the fate of the galaxy.

Fan Art:
Four Hearts Beat in Unison by Gorgona on DeviantArt

A Jedi Wedding by BlueValentineRose on DeviantArt

In My Very Soul by Loopy-lexy on DeviantArt

Anakin and Padme III Drawing by acrosstars22 on DeviantArt

Anakin and Padme by resonans on DeviantArt

Closer by sunfairyx on DeviantArt
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