What are You Most Thankful for in Star Wars?

As Star Wars fans, we’re often thinking of our favorite characters, having discussions about Star Wars with fellow fans and friends, analyzing the latest, comic, book or The Clone Wars episode, and (typically) having a good time doing so. Our normal state of fandom, as with any fandom, I believe, usually remains in this zoomed in state. A state of consumption, reaction, and creative impulse like cosplay, blogging or podcasting, etc. Sometimes we take a look at what began it all for us. A particular friend who pestered us about watching that first Star Wars movie, a book that caught your eye while in Barnes and Noble, or a cool action figure that excited your imagination with thoughts of sword fights and blaster battles. But with the nature of today’s holiday I’ve asked: What are you thankful for in Star Wars?

I’ll paraphrase for the sake of keeping it short, but some responses I’ve seen are:

I’m thankful for the awesome people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made in the fan community.

I’m thankful for the books that opened up a universe for me to explore.

I’m thankful for all these awesome toys I can collect.

I’m thankful for TCW, particularly that I can have a great time watching it with my kids.

I’m thankful for the costuming/cosplaying community (501st, Rebel Legion and others) and all the great charity work they do.

I’m thankful for the movies, they were life-changing for me, and are always awesome to watch.

I’m thankful for GL and his vision. He created a universe quite unlike any other.

I’m thankful for the countless people who’ve added a little bit of themselves to this franchise, the artists, the authors, the fans, the producers, etc.

As I looked back at all of these, it made me ponder a bit. Sometimes I think we forget just how vast and interesting, detailed and fun this Star Wars franchise is. There is something to enjoy for just about any person, and the community created around this franchise provides us all with a place to make friends, learn, kick back, have fun, and love the WARZ!

What are you most thankful for in Star Wars?

~ Bethany Blanton 

  • http://www.facebook.com/lazlototh Jim Gallant

    I am thankful that Star Wars still exists. I am thankful that one fateful evening of December 24th of 1991 I found a copy of Heir to the Empire in Miami International Airport while waiting to return to my duty station in Panama. I am grateful to some guy named Jose for inviting me to play the Star Wars RPG in Fall 1995, causing me to meet one of my best friends ever, named Dan. I am grateful I could share in the Rise of the EU and read many if not all the EU novels. I am grateful taht I stood in line on May 19, 1999 and saw The Phantom Menace at midnight. I am grateful to find friends in the fandom, who’ve helped me throughout countless personal issues. I am grateful to stand IN COSTUME as a Jedi, entertaining the lines waiting for Revenge of the Sith on opening night. I am grateful for The Clone Wars, a fantastic show which has carried us for 4+ years. I am now grateful for Disney in taking over custody and taking care of the franchise for the foreseeable future. I’m grateful for the great podcasts out there, which entertain and inform me, from Jeditalk to the Forcecast to the Star Wars Report (and many others to name)… I am grateful to the fans, who are probably the nicest I’ve met. And finally I am grateful to George, who persevered through it all and gave us something that ultimately changed the world a little. Thank you to everyone in Star Wars!

    • http://twitter.com/TheRileyGuy Riley Blanton

      Couldn’t have said it better myself Jim! Thanks!

    • http://twitter.com/Aelinwen Bethany

      Jim, like Riley said, one couldn’t say it better than that! What an awesome Star Wars story. =) I’ve found that I enjoy Star Wars more when I focus on the parts I enjoy, and leave others to argue over quibbles. Not that I’ll never, ever, not be critical of something, more that I’ll understand that with any franchise this large, there are bound to be things I dislike, and I can spend my time consuming that which I don’t care for, or enjoying the vast amounts that I do. Thanks for the comment, and may the force be with you.

  • Jayok3

    I am thankful to my first ex wife, who in 1977 dragged me semi-kicking and complaining to see what I thought was a stupid movie. I mean what the heck was a wookie?? After the movie, I was already playing various sequel possibilities in my head. My life was forever changed.

    • http://twitter.com/Aelinwen Bethany

      “What the heck was a wookie??” Lol! I’m sure that was similar to many people’s first reactions to hearing about Star Wars. It’s still interesting to me that so many people thought it would be a flop, but instead it was an almost instant success!