posted on Jun, 12 2006 @ 03:20 PM
I am a Star Wars brat, old enough to see all of them in the theaters in fact. I can sit here tell you how much of a fan I am, like everybody seems to
try to “out fan” you. But please just trust me when I say that Star Wars has consumed 70%+ of any spare time and attention I have been able to
muster up in the last 30 years or so (I even have a Darth Maul tattoo!)
Anyways, as much of a fan I am, I won’t even entertain any content other than what was introduced with the movies, nothing, not one iota. The
“extended universe” means nothing to me, Mara who?
You would think I would be greedy to gobble up anything SW being a huge fan, and especially now that Lucas isn’t going to introduce any new content
(except the TV shows, but he is not writing them). But I am not. Why?
I look at the extended universe as too much. The best way for me to explain is to use an analogy:
Remember going into a candy store or ice cream shop when you were a kid and wanted all of it? Dreamed of being able to just have anything in there
and as much as you wanted? But you couldn’t because you had a $1.50 and that was it. But as an adult, when we could actually go in and buy all
that stuff, we don’t. Because we know that too much would make you sick. It’s good to have things in moderation.
Same thing with the extended universe, but it’s even worse than my analogy in a sense. Think about what the extended universe really is: Stories
and scenarios written and created by fans, yes fans, to fill in or pick up where they felt Lucas left off. Lucas didn’t do it the way you wanted?
No Problem!! Ill just write it that way!
For example: Boba Fett. Everybody thought Boba was the most interesting character of all, but Lucas killed him off. But what do we go and do? Make
him alive and create all the stories and adventures we really wanted to see him in. Where is the imagination?
Would you paint over parts of the Mona Lisa because you didn’t like what was done with it by Davinci? No you wouldn’t, its best to imagine.
Heck, my heart WANTS Lucas to make 50 more movies (not him directing though, don’t get me started…) but logically I know it would only ruin the SW
magic for me. The adult in me knows it’s for the best.
And this is why I wont read or entertain any SW content outside the movie trilogy. I want to imagine, I want to think about it, debate about it. I
don’t want some super fan to write in what I want, or for them to create something for me to base my imagination on.
Its not for me. Im a SW purist if you will, and I am happy to stay there.