2016 has been a horrible year, with the year taking a lot of celebrities away from us. Right from musicians George Michael, David Bowie, Prince, to actors like Alan Rickman, Anton Yelchin, Gene Wilder, and Alan Thicke, and many more, 2016 has really drained us. To add to this rampage, this week we lost out favorite princess, Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, as well as author Richard Adams. Celebrities have been taking to social media to express their condolences. A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin took to his Not a Blog to express his sadness over the loss of Fisher and Adams.
Talking about Carrie Fisher, he said :
“There is not much I can say about the death of Carrie Fisher that a thousand other people have not said already. She was way too young. A bright, beautiful, talented actress, and a strong, witty, outspoken woman. Princess Leia will live as long as STAR WARS does… probably forever…”
George R. R. Martin talked about the loss of author of Watership Down, Richard Adams, as well. He said :
“Adams was a wonderful writer. Yes, WATERSHIP DOWN was his masterpiece, but it was by no means his only great book. He wrote two terrific epic fantasies with human characters, SHARDIK and MAIA, both of which I think are criminally underrated, as well as an erotic ghost story, THE GIRL ON A SWING. His other “animal book,” THE PLAGUE DOGS, also has some wonderful sections… though it is such a dark, depressing, angry, gut-punch of a novel that I can’t say I ‘enjoyed’ it.”
Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60, following complications after a severe heart attack. Richard Adams, however, was much older, at 93. Fisher had recently finished shooting for the next Star Wars installment, Episode VIII, which is probably the last time we will see Princess Leia again. Richard Adams’ Watership Down is being made into a mini-series, which will be coming to BBC One and Netflix in 2017, so fans will have something to remember the beloved author.
There’s no denying that 2016 took too many legends away from us. Here’s hoping that 2017 goes easy!
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