Chicks Dig Sith: An Interview with "The Empress"
The apprentices of Honor The Force recently infiltrated the chamber of the internet’s favorite female dark lord, Krystee “The Empress” Anidem. The Empress has been a pillar of the Star Wars fan community over the past year and is the mind behind Diary of a Sith Chick as well as the recent Old Republic on Netflix campaign. We were in awe of her power, and some how escaped her grasp in order to bring you this exclusive interview with the most awesome chick on social media.
Honor The Force: What was your first experience with Star Wars and how did it impact you?
Krystee: I was about a month old when Star Wars was released so I really don’t remember there being a time when it was not in my life. I remember watching it on TV when I was little, seeing ROTJ in the theater. Playing Star Wars with my little brother and our neighbor. I wanted to be Darth Vader but they always made me be Princess Leia. She’s awesome and I love her but not exactly my style, even then. I guess it’s just always been there; it’s always been a part of me.
Honor The Force: You are the Empress of the very popular Diary of a Sith Chick. How did the diary start?
Krystee: I was a member of a Star Wars fan group on Facebook. The group was full of these great guys and a handful of awesome girls, posting all this amazing Star Wars art. I kept saving the art on my phone and kept running out of room for other stuff. I finally decided to start a fan page where I could post it all and let someone else store it for me. I wasn’t really sure about starting a fan page and how it would be received so I asked my friend Daniel what he thought about it and he was very encouraging, “Absolutely, Empress! I’m with you all the way!” He was the one that gave me that nickname by the way. So yeah, I started it back in April of 2015 and it’s exploded over the past year into what it is today. Thirty thousand fans. It’s crazy. I couldn’t do it without my amazing admins though. Siren, Atin Goran, Lord Vyst, and of course my second in command…Moonsith; they keep the pages going on a day to day basis. We have a few more part timers and website contributors behind the scenes. They’re all fantastic, work super hard and equally enthusiastic about the DSC family. I’m really grateful to have them
Honor The Force: Your focus is solely on the Sith and other baddies in Star Wars lore. What is it that compels you to honor the dark side of the force?
Krystee: Who isn’t fascinated with the dark side of things? I’d like to give you a simple answer like: the dark side of the force has the biggest badasses with the coolest armor and toys! The truth though is that people are enamored of the darkness. We're drawn to the mystery and danger that lurks in the shadows and mist. The darkness holds a power over our imagination and there's something sort of primal about it. Halloween is a fantastic modern day example, it's a time when we look forward to exploring all of the scary bits of our culture. This translates over to the Sith and the dark side of the force. It's alluring because we're told by the Jedi that it's bad and it's wrong and you shouldn't want it. Well now I want to know what that's all about! I think it’s the allure of the mysterious and the forbidden nature of it which draws people in. And let's be real here, it's always far more fun to be bad than it is to be good! "Peace is a lie; there is only passion." Translate that however you like, there's still a lot of truth to it.
Honor The Force: Imagine this scenario, if you will. You have the chance to train under a Sith Lord, who would you choose: Vader, Palpatine, or Dooku? Why?
Krystee: OK, there was a time when I would have answered VADER! In a heartbeat and with blind ignorance. Now though, I would eagerly train under Darth Sidious. The guy was a genius politician and a master manipulator. He was exceptionally powerful in the force; dedicated to and driven by a single minded purpose. You never saw him coming. Yeah. Palpatine. Hands down.
Honor The Force: Diary of a Sith Chick on Facebook currently has a reach of over 30,000 people with each post. How does it feel to be so well received in the Star Wars community?
Krystee: Oh gosh, that’s just the number of people that have “liked” the page! Can you believe that? I didn’t think I’d ever have more than my friends like the page. It was just a repository for the art that I love so much. Everyday I wake up and see that I have another fan on the page or a message saying “I love your page!” it’s really very humbling to me. It’s amazing. Just. Wow.
Honor The Force: You regularly post new pieces of Sith art and consistently are able to credit the artist. Where does all this art come from? Research or Fan submissions?
Krystee: The admins and I scour the net. We regularly visit art websites looking for new pieces or at least new to us. I follow several artists on Instagram and Twitter too. Sometimes we get a little help from the competition but I do try to credit those pages for finding it first. I try to be fair and play nice.
Honor The Force: What was your initial reaction to Kylo Ren killing Han Solo in the Force Awakens?
Krystee: Oh, come on! You know this Sith Chick was giddy and cackling! I specifically remember grinning from ear to ear in the theater and hissing "YES!" Han Solo was a great character in the OT but I really feel like he's served his purpose. I'm interested to see the repurcussions of his death though, because you know there will be a piper to be paid for that one.
Honor The Force: How can fans submit their work to be featured on Diary of a Sith Chick?
Krystee: We rarely get fan submissions but any artist who wants their work featured on the page can either message the page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Honestly though, messaging the page or myself directly is the fastest way to get in touch. We're always looking for contributors whether it be art, editorials, digital/video edits etc.
Honor The Force: In addition to sithchickdiary.net and your Facebook page you also are active in the world of Star Wars podcasting. Can you tell us about your most memorable experience from your work in the Star Wars fan community?
Krystee: Ummm…probably the day Pete (Wadsworth) messaged me and said he wanted me on a podcast that he was creating. I thought certainly he had the wrong girl. I even told him that! I think I said something like: you do understand that I’ve yet to read a single Star Wars book, right? Crazy. I had a great time while I was on that show and I went on to host my own little show for a handful of episodes and I've been a guest on a couple of shows. It's fun! I'm always excited and nervous when I get a request to be on someone's show. I was excited and nervous about this interview.
Honor The Force: Being a Sith "chick" obviously comes with some level (usually extremely high) of attention from the male Star Wars fans. Have you had any weird or uncomfortable situations the you care to tell us about?
Krystee: HA! That's putting it delicately. I like interacting and conversing with fans of the page because at the very least they’re acquaintances with a common interest. I’ve always made it a point to be really accessible to the fans. That being said, I realized early on that I had to create a secondary profile on which I keep personal info to a minimum. There are a lot of... flirts out there. I take it in stride but I have pretty thick skin so unless they get too persistent or personal it’s rarely a problem. Usually the creep factor determines who gets banned or blocked. If you’re giving off enough creepy vibes that I want to block you, then it’s pretty bad.
Honor The Force: From a woman's perspective, what advice can you offer to us fanboys who live with women who don't share the same passion for Star Wars?
Krystee: I was hoping you would give ME advice! My husband is not a fan of Star Wars. At all. So I’m in the same boat. He loves KungFu movies though so I’m hoping with Donnie Yen being in Rogue One that he’ll at least get excited for that, I know I am!
Honor The Force: You have been very instrumental in the #TORonNetflix movement on social media. Can you tell us about this campaign and what you envision for The Old Republic, if it were to be picked up by Netflix?
Krystee: You know, Netflix has done such a great job with original content like Marco Polo (have you seen this? It’s amazing if you like period pieces and war) and recently Stranger Things (also amazing!) that I feel they would likely do an equally outstanding job with the (KO)TOR content. So last Tuesday night I randomly post “#TORonNetflix who’s with me?!” on Facebook. Immediately responses were positive. Jasmine St-Philippe messages me and says we should do a petition. I said, “you’ve just been recruited!” She had a petition created within a few hours and by Wednesday afternoon with not much exposure we had a hundred signatures and then a thousand and then five thousand and so on. Here’s the thing though; people have mixed feelings about petitions. Some are solidly in the pro camp and are very positive about them. On the other hand, there are a lot of people who are even more entrenched in the ‘why bother’ camp. The important thing to remember with our project is that we want to get the attention of Disney, Lucasfilm, and Netflix. We want to let them know that there are thousands, hundreds of thousands of fans that want to see this content on their TVs. I think we have the cinematics of Bioware and EA to thank for this. So once we get their attention, then what? There is a ludicrous amount of content for writers and producers to choose from in this era. Easily enough content to run multiple seasons and only scratch the surface. Personally I want to see a well animated – again back to the Bioware and EA cinematics – multi season series. I leave the storylines and characters to the experts but give us the richness and history of The Old Republic. There are literally millions of fans who have no idea that Star Wars is not just the Skywalkers. Bringing TOR to our TVs would open up the Star Wars universe to so many more fans. Jasmine is very well versed in the era; she wrote in the petition: “The Old Republic era is a pivotal point in the Star Wars timeline because that's where everything changed, from the Jedi Civil War and the fall of Revan, the First Jedi Purge, and an omnipresent darkness that not only watched the chaos from afar but also kick-started the downfall.” We want to see that!
We would love to see #TORonNetflix reach the powers that be and fully support your efforts. Krystee, thanks for your contribution to the fan community and for helping us Honor The Force.
If you would like to support the #TORonNetflix campaign or connect with “The Empress” follow the links below.