Wednesday, May 16, 2012

In Order to Call Yourself a Star Wars Fan, You Have To Like Star Wars

Has this happened to you? Have you met someone who claims to be a fan of Star Wars but then mercilessly berates the newer films as a travesty or worse?

Well, what are the main flaws so many people cite about the prequels?

1. Annoying Comic Relief:

2. A Whiny Main Character:

3. A Poorly-Scripted "Romance":

4. Cheesy Dialogue Performed with Too Little or Too Much Emotion:

I think what we've proved is that if you don't like the prequels, you don't like Star Wars.


  1. I think a lot of these half-fans/hateboys DON'T like Star Wars--they like nostalgia that they're *mistaking* for "Star Wars".

    Congratulations on your new blog, Adam! Thanks for throwing TPMTH on your links, and thanks for reminding me to update mine on there (I added NSL, too).

  2. Yay! Someone reads it! Thanks so much for the link.

    I do want to add for anyone reading it that it's perfectly okay to prefer one or more of the films over the others. Just don't say you "hate" them if you "love" Star Wars.

  3. A few months ago, I wrote a post about Star Wars, talking about how the saga should be viewed as a whole to get the message George Lucas was trying to get out. I also pointed out one of the many themes I have come across with the series, a thing I like to call the "Rise and Fall and Rise Again" complex. Anakin rises and falls, just like the republic in the prequels, and at the end of Return of the Jedi, he rises again just like the republic and the forces of good rise again. It's all very symbolic in my eyes, and goes to show that George Lucas created a story with great myth, tragedy, philosophy and heart. It goes to show that no matter how different each Star Wars film is, it's all tied together in one form or the other. It's all one big jumbo sized storybook ready to be told at bedtime.

    I think you will find my essay FASCINATING, as Mr. Spock would say. I also wrote 3 essays comparing the rise and fall and rise again complex with Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. I just love what Nolan did with that series and in many ways, you could compare it with Star Wars, particularly with Bruce Wayne and Anakin Skywalker.

    Check them out if you're interested!