So what do you do when your Star Wars fandom is in a lull?
Let me start by saying I will always, always be a huge Star Wars fan. Always. Nothing will ever change that. Embracing my love for this saga changed my life. Literally. No need to rehash how, but I’m talking EPIC change. That’s not an exaggeration. But I’m feeling kind of – blah – right now about the GFFA, and I keep thinking that, with the current Star Wars media bombardment, I can’t possibly be alone…
Back in the days of Hyperspace and its active, very social blogosphere, I wrote so many blog entries as amidalooine in my Emotional Galaxy, that I’m sure I bored people to tears. It didn’t matter what subject struck my fancy at the time or what was happening in my life, Star Wars became THE framework within which I analyzed everything. Everything. It wasn’t just Darth Vader, my favorite mysterious hero-turned-villain-turned-redeemed-dad from way back, who inspired my thoughts. It was everyone, every situation and every character. I saw parenthood through Shmi’s or Padme’s or Owen’s and Beru’s eyes and related sibling issues to Luke and Leia. I measured myself, my shortcoming, triumphs, and failures by the same midichlorian count type yardstick by which Anakin was measured. Whether I admitted it or not, I likened Mace Windu and Yoda to those in my life whose harsh criticisms had discouraged me when what I’d needed was a boost, a kind word. I defined sexy in terms of Padme’s wardrobe. I related many of my other fandoms to Star Wars…Firefly and even my beloved Pittsburgh sports teams. The Force became the written representative for God in my life, and in Hyperspace, Jedi was my religion.
It was so easy to write and “talk” about Star Wars back then because my efforts were so focused. Everyone’s efforts were that focused. Sure the extensive Expanded Universe existed, but it existed to reflect the films in my world, and it was optional.
Now, I feel like a freak, galactically speaking, because I simply can’t keep up with what seems necessary, and so my fandom is in somewhat of a lull. I choose to focus on the films, but is that enough in a time when The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels (which I LOVE but am behind on) animated series have become canon? When novels have become the potential source for key film-related characterizations and plot twists? When Star Wars has reached into our lives so thoroughly and completely that selectively avoiding it, as I do to remain spoiler-free for the films, has become akin to living a media hermit’s existence?
I feel kind of….unworthy of my Star Wars fandom right now.
And then I watch the Rogue One trailers, and tears roll down my face as my heart pounds. The Death Star makes my breath catch and the music swells my emotions. I. Can’t. Wait. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!! Maybe that’s why I can’t conform to mainstream thinking about Star Wars right now. It’s a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel, too, Jyn!
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I took an awesome trip to New York City two weeks ago with my dear sister-friend Jay Krebs that I’d love for you to hear about, but she tells it so much better than I ever could. Please read her blog about it! Read all her blogs! Read everyone’s!
And if you’re sitting around some evening thinking about, say… the bridge on Endor scene in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi or why Anakin deserves redemption, the beauty of Rey’s faith and the power it gives her or what the Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith opening crawl line, “There are heroes on both sides,” really means, please hit me up. I’ll be hiding in a corner trying to avoid Rogue One spoilers until December, but I would truly love to talk to you about that which I know. firstname.lastname@example.org
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