Vader's Little Princess: Excerpt

Here's a excerpt from Jeffrey Brown's latest book, Vader's Little Princess.

In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller Darth Vader and Son, Vader—Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Empire—now faces the trials, joys, and mood swings of raising his daughter Leia as she grows from a sweet little girl into a rebellious teenager. Smart and funny illustrations by artist Jeffrey Brown give classic Star Wars moments a twist by bringing these iconic family relations together under one roof. From tea parties to teaching Leia how to fly a TIE fighter, regulating the time she spends talking with friends via R2-D2's hologram, and making sure Leia doesn't leave the house wearing only the a skirted metal bikini, Vader's parenting skills are put hilariously to the test.

Also, check out Chronicle Books editor Steve Mockus' post about the creation of the Vader's Little Princess cover:

Vader's Little Princess


    1. agreed she is not his princess he gave up those rights when her mother had to go to a womens shelter.

    2. The original trilogy isn’t exactly a beacon of progressiveness on that front. There were, what, two female characters whose names were even mentioned onscreen?

      (No, Mon Mothma doesn’t count. She had about 30 seconds of screen time and all she did in the movie was lead a PowerPoint presentation.)

      1.  Somehow I can’t see Vader yelling at Luke for wearing revealing clothing, or being angry that Luke is kissing Mara Jade.  But I haven’t read the first book.  Maybe I’m wrong.

        1. Well… have you read the second book, then?

          The books are about what if Darth Wader had raised Luke and Leia. In the first book Luke is only a young boy, in this one Leia grows from “princess” age to a young woman.

          No, I didn’t find your examples sexist in the context of these books. It didn’t portray it as a right thing to do, only as a things that parents may do. (And I’m pretty sure I, as a mom and also a feminist, would be yelling at my daughter if she went out dressed like that at a young age… I don’t have a son, but I’m sure he would get yelled at for the same dress, too.)

      2. When a cartoon version of a character who was already fictional fails to uphold the full panoply of progressive values, it is a horrifying tragedy. I think it’s appropriate to go full Godwin on this, except Vader was already pretty much Hitler.

    3. I don’t think Jeff Brown is sexist. Just look at his autobiographical comics work, where he portrays himself and his girlfriends equally unflatteringly. He’s just having fun with Star Wars here. 

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  2. Fortunately, Vader (Anakin) didn’t know that Leia was his daughter and didn’t raise her.

    As for the female characters in the original trilogy, how can you tell? There were all kinds of intelligent non-human creatures that may have been female for their species.

    1. As for the female characters in the original trilogy, how can you tell? There were all kinds of intelligent non-human creatures that may have been female for their species.

      The only memorable character I can think of whose sex was never firmly established was the Sarlaac. The only female characters of any significance in either trilogy (not counting the expanded universe) were members of Luke Skywalker’s family.

  3. This book was a “must buy” after having bought the Darth Vader and Son book. Both are really funny, although I like the first book perhaps a bit more (it’s more a sweet book about Darth Vader as a father, where as this one is more about the conflicts a father may face raising a teenage daughter… the first theme just hit me more, both are great books!)

  4. Nice comments.  Pretty much sucked the all the fun out of the “what if” story(ies).

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