The Novelization for ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Has Fans Upset About the Movie Again

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was a divisive movie. It not only divided critics and fans, but divided fan opinions as well. Just as the discourse surrounding the movie had settled down, some Star Wars fans are up in arms again. The new novelization for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gave insight to some of the movie’s plot points, but some fans still aren’t happy.

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The World Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

The novelization of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ confirms how Palpatine returned

Some fans were left mystified when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker failed to clarify how Palpatine returned. The movie’s marketing was heavily influenced by Palpatine’s unexplained presence, but fans who were hoping to find out how Palpatine came back were left disappointed.

The official novelization for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker does not go on sale for the general public until March 17. However, Lucasfilm Publishing sold advance copies at C2E2 in Chicago, and screenshots from the novel ended up online.

The novelization revealed that Palpatine’s spirit inhabited a clone body. Kylo Ren is the character to originally figure it out when he first discovers Palatine.

An excerpt from the novel reads:

“All the vials were empty of liquid save one, which was nearly depleted. Kylo peered closer. He’d seen this apparatus before, too, when he’d studied the Clone Wars as a boy. The liquid flowing into the living nightmare before him was fighting a losing battle to sustain the Emperor’s putrid flesh.

“What could you give me?” Kylo asked. Emperor Palpatine lived, after a fashion, and Kylo could feel in his very bones that this clone body sheltered the Emperor’s actual spirit. It was an imperfect vessel, though, unable to contain his immense power. It couldn’t last much longer.”

Fans were not happy with this revelation

Despite the fact this story line is similar to a story line found in Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Star Wars: Dark Empire miniseries, fans were not fond of Palpatine being a clone. For starters, fans are upset that Palpatine coming back messes with Anakin Skywalker’s legacy.

“bringing back palpatine was one of the worst things they could’ve done tbh. I mean well done for destroying Anakin’s legacy,” a fan tweeted.

“anakin skywalker died killing palpatine for his son, just for palpatine to be brought back as a clone. anakin deserves better,” wrote a Twitter user.

Star Wars fans also did not like the idea of Palpatine being a clone, as some felt it did not make sense for the context of the Skywalker saga.

“no one’s talking about how palpatine was a CLONE BODY… i hate it here,” a fan tweeted.

“So Palpatine had the ability to preemptively create a clone of himself and transfer his consciousness into that clone at the moment of his death but NOT to transfer his consciousness into a young attractive body UNLESS it’s his granddaughter, a dyad, and also decapitates him,” tweeted YouTuber Jenny Nicholson.

Reylo fans are not happy with the ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ novel

Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered, some fans have shipped Rey with Kylo Ren. In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the two share a kiss after a newly-redeemed Ben Solo sacrifices himself to bring Rey back to life. Unfortunately for some fans, the novelization brought on even more conflicted views for the ship.

All in all, the novel does not confirm or deny that Rey and Ben had romantic feelings for each other. Instead, it leaves everything up to interpretation. The novelization refers to the kiss as “A kiss of gratitude, acknowledgement of their connection, celebration that they’d found each other at last.” This essentially leaves it up to fans to decide how they view the characters.

“Oh, how this will feel like salt in the wound to many #Reylo’s. I’m so sorry. While I’m personally a Reylo, I never felt betrayed by the ending. Ben’s sacrifice was his atonement for his actions as #KyloRen. The novel confirms that. But the kiss being one of…gratitude? Idk,” one fan tweeted.

Other fans also felt the novel revealed that Ben cared for Rey more than she cared for him.

“‘she reminded herself’ ben has been dead for like what? a day at most? and she already needs to remind herself that he helped her with palpatine. skywalker!rey is really gonna forget him the first chance she gets uh? and then nobody will ever remember ben solo even existed,” a fan tweeted.