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SWR Staff United: Why We Love Star Wars

Disney bought Star Wars, Disney bought Star Wars…those are the words that have been rippling through not only the Star Wars community but the Disney community as well. Fans have been tested as to what kind of fan they truly are. We have seen many fans that have now denounced Star Wars and George Lucas because of this move. We have seen others that it has strengthened their belief in the Star Wars saga. It is amazing to me how this kind of news can shift someone’s fandom of something they have probably loved their entire life. While the reactions to the news have ranged from anger to elated with some anxious/confusion mixed in I think we can all agree that the Star Wars universe will forever be changed.

The Staff at the Star Wars Report were just as effected by this news only all of us were effected differently. Some of us just want to sit back and wait to hear what the new movie will be about while some of us like to speculate and develop theories. We all have our own concerns based on what part of the universe we care about the most and I think it is our passion that pulls us all together. During times like this as the rumor mill begins to circulate we have all taken an introspective look at our own personal fandom. We have all been trying to answer the question of why we love Star Wars?

We all have come together because we all have a very strong passion for the Saga but how we got here and why we are still here are different stories. As we talked about this we decided that we wanted to take a look at why each of us has this passion and what exactly it is about Star Wars that keeps the force flowing through us.

As we started down our introspective journey we had to first take a look at how we got here. One thing we found is that none of us saw the original trilogy in the theater when it first came out. This was astonishing because generally speaking there is always one person in a group that is old enough to remember the OT being released in theaters. Not in this group! All of us were introduced to the films either on VHS tape or on TV if it was being aired. We were introduced by our parents or even by our Catholic Grandparents. Some of us saw them when were very little like me (Teresa), Ryan and Pete. The rest of us were about 9 or 10 years old, well unless you are Riley and Bethany. These two first saw Star Wars by watching the Phantom Menace when they were in their teens! It does not matter what age we got introduced or how we got introduced the key thing is that we all found Star Wars!

Even though we all may have been introduced to Star Wars there came a time when we actually liked Star Wars. For some of us it took us a while to truly like it. We liked the action and we definitely were entertained but it would be later in life that we would really start to understand the story. As kids the character development and the story development was a little underneath us, but as we grew and watched it more we began to understand the story and the depth that Star Wars would take us. For some of us however the things that got us hooked were the sounds, music and visuals. The special editions were huge for the Staff of the Star Wars report as many of us got to see the Original trilogy in theaters and this experience far eclipsed watching it at home, thus getting us hooked further.

Liking Star Wars does not get you to where are all of us are today in our fandom. There had to be at least one thing that when we saw the films we got ourselves hooked. I actually think this topic is one that shows how different yet alike we all are. For some of us it was the Jedi vs. Sith and they way the interacted with each other in the saga. For many of our staff it was the existence of the force and the way that it flows through the universe. Still for other it is the themes that comprise the story and the mythology of the characters. Then there are the few of us that can remember one simple thing that hooked us, it could be small like a lightsaber or as simple as a character like the Ewoks.

Everyone always gets asked what their favorite film is and that is no different here. We all have different favorite films and sometimes that even changes depending on where we are in our lives or what our mood is. For almost all of us it is a toss up between 2 or 3 films. With having a group that is as young as we are it is inevitable that some of our favorite films are going to be the prequels. While my favorite film is not a prequel film my order of preference has them before Empire Strikes Back, which tends to blow some other fans minds. The two films that take the majority of the votes from our staff were Return of the Jedi and Empire Strikes Back with Revenge of the Sith in a very close 3rd.

As we dug a little deeper past our favorites and began to analyze our lives because of Star Wars I felt it was fitting for us to look at the things we do in our lives that are because of what we have learned. Here is a quick list of the life lessons we have taken away:

  • Always commit to the things you want in life. Do them with passion and with strength or don’t do them at all
  • Never just be yourself…make yourself. Choose your own fate.
  • Never give in to your dark side.
  • If you have a chance to do the right thing…Do It! Do not be afraid and don’t step back.
  • Your choices make a difference and they shape your personality and character
  • Never be afraid to show your true self
  • We all make mistakes, to change all you have to do is choose to act

 

It is always easy to think about who your favorite character in the Star Wars universe is. However, it is harder to decide which character you most identify with because sometimes this character is not your favorite. Sometimes this character is someone that you do not even like. I identify the most with Padme Amidala I have a set of skills very similar to her and what she uses to keep the peace in the senate. I am also a fighter for peace and equality just as she is. Her strength is something i also see in myself but at the same time I admire her positivity and sense of self. Each one of us identifies with a character in a similar way. Riley most identifies with Han Solo because of his ability to take things in stride. Mark also identifies with Han but for much different reasons. Mark sees the Han that evolved in the Expanded Universe. He sees a person that was dealt a lot of hardships and learned to evolve from the pain and become even stronger. I think there were a lot of young fans out there that identified with Luke but we have four staff members that truly identify with Luke because of his compassion for others, willingness to do what is right and his passion for adventure. We only have one staff member that identifies with Chewie and his loyalty. The reason that Star Wars impresses me is the fact that there are so many diverse characters to choose from.

The final aspect of being a fan is recognizing all of the things that the world of Star Wars contributes that has nothing to do with the movies. We as a staff can all agree that the world of Star Wars fandom has brought many things to our lives. From friends that we make because we all love the same thing to the books that we read so that we can dive deeper into the world we love. The one thing we can all agree upon is that the world of Star Wars has never stopped growing regardless of the fact that the last film came out in 2005. We have gotten so much content through the years on top of the fan conventions that we have also gotten to enjoy. With this new evolution as Star Wars continues through Disney the one thing we know will happen for sure is that we are getting more Star Wars. It is a great time to be a Star Wars fan and to appreciate all the reasons that we quite simply Love Star Wars.

Teresa (@icecoldpenguin@fangirl_ND) 

Star Wars nerd at heart and a pop culture fanatic. Fangirl blogger, movie and book reviewer. Avid reader and film goer.I love penguins! Creator of the Fangirl Next Door website and podcast and staff for Jedi News UK.

http://www.fangirlnextdoor.com/

Two Words To Say…Thank You

The world of Star Wars underwent some drastic changes this week and I just like every Star Wars journalist has been thrown a major curve ball. Many of us had plans for our fansites and podcasts, those plans have now fallen by the wayside. I am not unlike everyone else. The post that I had planned for November 1st was to be about the role of leading ladies in the Star Wars universe. Now I am faced with the task of breaking down the news that we received this week.

As I began to ponder what I could contribute to the conversation I began to realize that there is something missing in all the journalistic pieces filtering through the web. While it is fair to speculate what all of this means for Star Wars as well as Disney the missing piece to me seems to be the gratitude that is owed to Mr. George Lucas. I have seen one letter to the man himself written by Joey Esposito from IGN. As I read the letter I decided that my piece for November 1st would be my personal “Thank You” to George Lucas. I feel it is only right for me to write this publicly seeing as how without the world he created I would have nothing to write about. I am in no way trying to copy Mr. Esposito but his letter did inspire me to put more positive writing into the universe. I feel like he made the write call when he wrote his letter and I simply wish to express my gratitude as well. So with that I begin….

Dear Mr. Lucas,

I may never get a chance to meet you and say any of this directly to you however, I believe that as long as it is put out there for others to read the positive vibes from it will somehow find you.

Thank You, these are the two words that I have to express to you. I have been on this Earth for 27 years and I do not remember a single period of time in my life where I have not loved Star Wars. You gave Star Wars to my parents first and my mom made sure that I had seen every single one. We had marathons of Star Wars in our home and made a family event of it. My mom has even passed on her original action figures to my brother and I. I have had the pleasure of watching the re-releases in the theaters and in 1999 my life was forever changed. At the age of 14 I got to see Star Wars on the big screen with an all new movie. My life was forever changed that day. I quote Jar Jar Binks, I hum duel of the fates to myself, I have pretended to wield a double bladed lightsaber, I have dressed up as Padme from the battle of Geonosis, and I cry every time Order 66 is issued. For me you gave me 3 movies that would shape my future.

I began writing to express myself but for so long I had no where to go. I finally found my calling when certain people that you have taken under your wing began to flourish in the Star Wars fan community. I thank you for embracing the creativity of people like Kyle Newman, Dave Filoni, Ashley Eckstein and James Arnold Taylor. These individuals were pivotal in my growth. They gave me hope and strength of self. I learned to be proud of my Fangirl status and I learned that there is so much more to the world of Star Wars than films, books, comics and toys. There is a community. This new discovery brought me to where I am today. It is because of Star Wars and the community it has driven that there is room for people like me. People who write about being a fan and sharing that fandom with others. Even today without this announcement we are always finding news to share and things to talk about.

I owe my personal success to you. I never would have become a writer for Star Wars fansites much less have started my own had it not been for the galaxy you created. I have to thank you also for recognizing the proper time to let go. In life it seems that we all have to eventually let go and the key is to do so with the right timing. I feel blessed that you want the franchise to continue to grow and that you are willing to pass it off to others. I am thankful that you want to ensure the survival of something that so many of us hold so close to our hearts. While there are those that fear for the future the one thing we can take solace in is that the things that were created will forever be taken care of in the hands that you have placed it in.

I am very much looking forward to the new places that Star Wars will go and I thank you for giving that to us. Even though some may see you abandoning Star Wars I do not. I see you giving us the ability to have more of it. While we hate to see you go I know that you will never be gone. The mark that you have left on Star Wars will be seen forever. I wish you the best of luck in your retirement, everyone deserves a chance to breathe in their life and pursue new things. You will be missed but just remember this “When you wish upon a Star it makes no difference who you are, anything your heat desires will come to you.” I have no doubts that this is true especially for you.

Sincerely,

Teresa Delgado

For all of us that will forever cherish Star Wars take this to heart “When you wish upon a Star Wars…” the future for us is now wide open and anything is possible. A New Hope has arrived.

Teresa (@icecoldpenguin, @fangirl_ND) 

Star Wars nerd at heart and a pop culture fanatic. Fangirl blogger, movie and book reviewer. Avid reader and film goer.I love penguins! Creator of the Fangirl Next Door website and podcast and staff for Jedi News UK.

http://www.fangirlnextdoor.com/

Wampa’s Lair Special Report! – TWL #35

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EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! Karl and Jason sit down for a Wampa’s Lair SPECIAL REPORT to discuss the big news about George Lucas selling the rights of his beloved LucasFilm to Disney! Not only is LFL being added to a great company but the BIG NEWS is that it has been officially announced that Episodes 7,8, and 9 are going to happen! So join Karl and Jason as they share in their excitement over this incredible news!