A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away…..
A seed was planted into the hearts and souls of children everywhere……
A world, limited only by imagination, was born…..
38 years ago Star Wars: A New Hope was released in theaters, introducing millions to a universe where space princesses, giant hairy sidekicks, and bickering robots were real. So real that regardless of the fact that they were captured by sand creatures, rode around in floating boat shaped vehicles, snuck onto giant moon shaped space stations (that’s no moon!!), nor were they anywhere near our planet or timeline, the characters still argued, laughed, fell in love, and longed for family just like us. So real that it changed the playing field for a whole generation of children, who would grow up never knowing that we were intended to let go of the realities crafted by our imaginations along with our training wheels. So real that, to this day, I quote Darth Vader in the same manner as remembering the scripted responses I knew I would get from my mom as a child if I got caught doing whatever it may have been that warranted the constant reminders to stop doing.
Of all the ways that an uber Star Wars fangirl like myself could express my love for Star Wars, I specifically chose this analogy to highlight the fact that my connection with Star Wars goes beyond just being a fangirl.
It is a connection that I have seen in other old school Star Wars fans, because it was a part of the environment that we grew up in. Star Wars was a part of day to day life for any kid growing up during the release of the original Star Wars Trilogy, whether we made the conscious decision of becoming a fan or not. We were also part of the generation of genuine pigs used to test the viability of merchandizing movies. So whether we chose to be a fan or not, our lives were littered with Star Wars toys, lunchboxes, bed sheets, and pajamas. In fact, tt is quite comical to think that there was a time when the market wasn’t sure if selling toys based on a movie would make money.
This was all happening before the words “fangirl or fanboy” were even associated with die hard movie fans, so I am pretty sure that none of us spent any time trying to decide if we were going to be Star Wars fans when we grew up or not (plus, we were too busy playing with all of our amazing Star Wars toys). If anything, I feel that I would never have guessed that one day I would attempt to explain how my connection with Star Wars went beyond just being a fan, because it was a part of life the way sandwiches became something that my mom packed in my lunch every day. It just was, and as a child living in the midst of it, I would have had no reason to ask why.
This recount is for those of us who grew up during an era when Star Wars just “was”, hours before the release of Star Wars VII, to quietly remember those days before we pass the baton to a new generation of Star Wars movies and fans. I am still not sure if I am terrified or excited to see the new movie, so instead I will chose to use the next few hours to remember the way it was…as if it still is. May the Force be with you.
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