just one of those strong female role models i look up to, along with princess leia, dana scully and miss piggy. it's pretty unfortunate that my favorite star wars character never got any screentime. mara jade is from the extended universe which i followed back in high school. with the release of the DVDs, nostalgia has caused me to re-read all of timothy zahn's novels. he is the only respectable author and the creator of mara jade.