Sure, May the 4th is history for this year — but today is Revenge of the Fifth! Time to get caught up with the latest from Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z as he adds to his series, “Studying Skywalkers,” for the official Star Wars blog.
In this entry, Dan talks to Chris Taylor, Pablo Hidalgo, and Steve Sansweet about Star Wars and storytelling. You can read an excerpt below:
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A good story well told can have an impact that transcends generations. This is primarily due to the fact that a story carries with it an accurate portrayal of what we, as a society, value. It represents our cultural imperatives, values, and biases, as well as our greatest desires and fears. They capture our imagination, take us to far away, exotic locales, and inspire us to believe in something beyond ourselves.
While no one really knows when the first story was told, scholars do know that storytelling has been important for a very long time. Synonymously, the earliest storytellers were held in high esteem in their respective culture, since a good storyteller had to not only explain the world around them, but also had to create a medium that was powerful, visual, and unforgettable. Paper was not yet invented, and the wonders of the universe were not fully understood. As a result, a good storyteller was indispensable to preserve each culture’s unique traditions. The storyteller had to capture what mattered, and bring it across generations, to help preserve the core themes and values of the civilization. Out of this necessity, mythology was born, and the art form of storytelling was conceived.