CWK’s Dan Z Looks at Star Wars and Storytelling in the Latest ‘Studying Skywalkers’

CWK’s Dan Z Looks at Star Wars and Storytelling in the Latest ‘Studying Skywalkers’


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:

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.

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Be sure to check out Pablo Hidalgo on the latest CWK Book Chat with Dan Z and Cory Clubb.

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  1. Melinda
    May 16, 2016 at 08:01 Reply

    What a great piece, Dan! (I’m leaving my comment here.) I enjoyed reading what each of the featured veteran Star Wars aficionados had to say on the subject of Star Wars and why, even after 40 years, it still is relevant today (and just as popular … if not more so). 🙂

    I have a friend who is a great storyteller, and I never get tired of listening to her weave one of her tales. She brings everything to life. I know, too, there are some who will listen to her share a story, and their eyes glaze over after a few minutes. I don’t mean this to be a dig in their direction, but to be frank, they just don’t understand the art of (oral) storytelling. That’s a shame.

    Here in the Milwaukee (WI) area, we are treated to festivals from early June through the middle of September. The array is capped by Indian Summer the weekend after Labor Day Weekend. One of my favorite features at Indian Summer is to sit myself down on a bench in the mini outdoor amphitheater, Lake Michigan in the backdrop, and listen to one of the Native American storytellers tell a series of NA tales that date back centuries. To listen to their voices fall and rise is sheer delight. I am instantly transported. I don’t know how one can’t be drawn into the story. They’re captivating, and you learn something along the way. Like Star Wars, they always have a deep meaning. 🙂

    MTFBWY 🙂

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