This is a Great Time to be a ‘Star Wars’ Fan: Here’s Why


It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. I’ve haven’t been this excited about the Saga since I was a five year-old playing with my action figures in the day care sand box. (My little buddies had the sand speeder and Luke Skywalker. I had C-3PO and R2-D2. Do you know how quickly the stickers and paint peeled off those guys back in the day? Sand and water puddles were not your friends.)

Here are the top reasons why I’m so excited about the future of Star Wars, and you should be, too:

Episode VII: Three new Star Wars films (plus talks about spin-offs, television series and more) is a no-brainer. I keep reading that the people in charge are talking about getting back to practical effects and real location shoots. Back to fundamentals, guys. Back to the fundamentals.

Video Games: Now that we’ve got Star Wars back on the move again, maybe we’ll see some more video games! I just saw a teaser for a new Star Wars: Battlefront game. I can’t wait to don that white Stormtrooper armor and give that Rebel scum a taste of my E-11 blaster rifle. Oh, and maybe a new Star Wars: Tie Fighter Pilot game would be nice. (Yeah, I play Empire! Wanna fight about it?)

Empire and Rebellion: This trilogy of novels set just after the destruction of the first Death Star will feature Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, and Han Solo at their scrappy best. They’re heroes, now, but they aren’t untouchable. Luke is still learning to become a Jedi. Princess Leia is transitioning to a leadership role in the Rebellion. Although they’re starting to become move involved in the Rebellion, Han and Chewie are still smuggling and doing their level best to make a few credits where they can. While I like the other eras of the Saga, the events of the Rebellion are game-changers. The first book, Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge, finds Princess Leia dealing with a group of Alderaanian pirates who blame her for what happened to their planet. Talk about a “diplomatic mission!”

John Jackson Miller’s Kenobi: Star Wars: I always wondered what kept Obi-Wan Kenobi busy on Tattooine, and what led everyone to think he was a “crazy old man.” In Kenobi, I’m going to find out. Miller said that the novel is written from the perspective of the residents of Tattooine… including the Tusken Raiders. Getting behind the mask of a Tusken is just a major bonus for me. I always get my picture taken with Tusken cosplayers when I go to conventions. I’ve always loved those guys. (Fact: One of my coworkers at a job I had in college got written up for stepping onto the sales floor with a mop over his head and making the Tusken Raider battle cry.)

The fans: The kids who grew up with the Prequels are going to be teenagers when Episode VII arrives: A prime time for geekery. This new generation is bound to keep things fresh and unpredictable with cool cosplay, fan films and more good stuff. (We’re counting on you, but “Don’t get cocky, kid!”)

  • Mike

    Yes why should we worry about original ideas, just keep doing what Lucas did and churn out as much over hyped crap as possible for the easy money. After all if its got star wars in the title people will just throw money at us without worrying if its any good or not first.

  • OrlJay08

    Well if you are a true Si-Fi fan than you would respect all of the stories that have and continue to come out.. So as a fan I WILL continue to throw money at it. These books and movies have entertained me for many many years..

  • Matt Staggs

    I think all of this stuff looks awesome. Heck, I just ordered Fantasy Flight Game’s new Star Wars RPG. I’m under no obligation to write about Star Wars if I don’t want to, but believe me, I want to. I’m with OrlJay08. I’ve been a fan since I was little boy, and I can’t imagine not being one at this point. I’m not comfortable with calling something other people love “overhyped crap” myself, but hey, to each his own.

  • vera

    A great time to be a Star Wars fan, this titlte intrigued me, and I find your opinion interesting, Matt, although I don’t quite share it. Back to fundamentals, that’s good news, and the REbellion era is an interesting time to explore, but I’m worried about the place the EU will have in this new trilogy. I read somewhere something about “honoring the EU, but not respecting it to the letter”. Could they vague it up ?
    I also don’t understand why writers and publishers keep on selling us books, if in a couple of years, the stories they tell are gonna be irrelevant. I’m scared that the new movies might rescucitate Chewie, or marry Luke to someone else than Mara. Getting over Chewie’s death, or Anakin Solo’s death, or Mara’s, that was hard, but if the new trilogy changes the timeline and the events too much, everything the writers created these last 22 years will be annihilated. All the emotions we felt, everything we invested in the EU (and I’m not just thinking about money and space inon my shelves) will have been for nothing.From a creative point of view, and from a fan point of view, I’m afraid the new trilogy will not be a new hope, but a new Super Weapon.

  • Matt Staggs

    It doesn’t change anything about what you’ve enjoyed. The books are still great, and I think that it’s fine if you feel that something is or isn’t canon in your own corner of fandom. I love Star Wars, but there are certainly some things that I don’t like as much as others, and some I just outright ignore. In my entirely unofficial opinion, I think of Star Wars (in my life) as a mythology, and mythologies are reinterpreted by different people in different times. I’m more than happy to read or see new and different takes on the characters, and if there are changes, that won’t be any different than the changes Lucas made between Prequels and Sequels, or the short stories, comic books and other stories that are created and deemed “non-canon.”

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