- By Bry Dean
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My journey began around 1990. I was visiting my grandmother, and later that evening, Star Wars: A New Hope just happened to come on the T.V. As a casual first timer, I thought it was neat, but didn’t really retain all of the movie. So, after that night, it left my mind.
6 years passed. As I was watching T.V. one evening, The Empire Strikes Back, again, just happened to come on. This time, I paid attention. This time, I was hooked. I bought every Star Wars toy that my monthly allowance would allow. Action figures, Micro-Machines, posters… the list continues. But I had yet to watch Return of the Jedi, or A New Hope, this time with a serious mind.
Fast-forward another year. We moved to a house that was one block from the city library. At the library, I could check out movies for free. And wouldn’t you know, they had all three movies available to be checked out. The library also had the documentary From Star Wars to Jedi. Needless to say, my VCR got plenty of use over the next few weeks.
A few months later, I got word that the Original Trilogy was going to be re-released in theaters. A dream come true is an understatement. Never in my life did I wait more than two minutes in a movie line because there was no reason to. That all changed with the Special Edition showings. I gladly waited in line forever to get the best seats.
Then at some point afterward, I got word of the then future Prequel trilogy which was very exciting. It was right before the release in May that I purchased a subscription to Star Wars Insider, a decision that further fueled my Star Wars passion. I saw The Phantom Menace 6 times in the first month it was released.
Of course, Attack of the Clones came in 2002. I married in 2003, right in the middle of the painful waiting period in-between Episodes II and III. My marriage was a nice way to ease the pain.
Then… the day finally arrived: Revenge of the Sith. I was thrilled to have finally made it to the release date, but after I watched it, I was sick. The movie was great… but to see the Jedi murdered, to see Anakin, that little boy on Tatooine, fall… to see the end of the Republic… most importantly…
…to be at the end of the waiting period, the end of the movies, was like a punch in the stomach. And I am man enough to admit… I did shed tears when Order 66 was executed. I did particularly so when the Younglings came out of hiding because they saw what they thought was a friend, an ally, a Jedi. To see that blue lightsaber ignite…
Over the next few years, I have amassed a respectable amount of novels to feed my hunger, have watched the animated series, and now the new The Clone Wars series. Not to mention the video games.
I now have a son and daughter of my own, and can’t wait to share with them the fun that we call Star Wars. Yes, Star Wars has provided me a temporary escape from the real problems in this world. Problems that affect all of us. When I put in a Star Wars movie, I remember what it’s like to be a kid again. No worries, no stress. Just Star Wars.
It’s been a fun journey and the future looks bright!
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love Star Wars.
You see, everyone becomes involved with things as a child that stays with them, entwining itself into the fabric of someone’s identity. For some that something is sports, or drawing, or cars, or whatever you like. For me it was Star Wars.
I remember being five years old and rushing home from kindergarten. My mom, a fan, would play me our worn VHS copy of Return of the Jedi. It was the version where Leonard Maltin interviewed George Lucas before the beginning of the movie. At the time, I couldn’t have cared less about George Lucas. My mom would tell me he was the man that created Star Wars, but it seemed to me that no one could create something like Star Wars. Star Wars seemed to be something that had always existed.
Return of the Jedi was the greatest Star Wars movie when I was five. It had Luke’s fight with Jabba’s Rancor, the fight on Jabba’s sail barge, the speeder bike chase on Endor, the battle to destroy the Death Star II, and, of course, the final duel between Vader and Luke. These are the scenes that matter to you when you’re five, even if you don’t fully understand them.
As I grew older, I began to devour the other films and all of the Star Wars books I could get my hands on. I created detailed stories with my armies of Star Wars figures and armadas of Star Wars ships. I remember the thrill of seeing them on the big screen when they were re-released in 1997, not caring that George Lucas had altered the films from the way they were.
The prequels came and they went. Even though I was disappointed by them, in some way or another, I saw them all multiple times, because it was still Star Wars. They never impacted me the way the originals did, but they didn’t have to. I was already a member of the global family that constitutes Star Wars fandom. What I needed from the prequels was closure, a sense of resolution, and that they afforded me.
As high school wound down and college began, the more loves I had. There were other trilogies and sagas and stories that I threw myself into, but Star Wars was always present. It is like any first true love in the sense that you never forget it. I still read the books and magazines, play the video games, communicate with other fans, and watch the films on a monthly basis. I feel lucky that it was Star Wars that made an impression on me as a child. I don’t think any other thing could’ve ignited my imagination the way that it did, or help to give me a strong sense of right and wrong.
I can’t imagine a time when I won’t love Star Wars.
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I’m quite new to the universe of Star Wars compared to some of the other fans, but a fan nonetheless.
I would never had known what Star Wars was if it wasn’t for my Dad. He’s one of the fans who grew up with the movies in the cinema. Even as a baby he was showing me some pictures of Darth Vader. As a child I wasn’t into it yet, but growing a little older, not quite a teenager, I listened to my Dad as he explained the plot and I got interested. I watched a few of the movies with him and learned some more. Then, I took it to another level and found Wookieepedia. This was the key. I spent a good two hours on my computer reading articles, one after another. There was so much to learn. I loved it! Even out of the movies, I realized then. I went over to the Star Wars website, and started to post in the forum. I learned so much, I surprised my Dad telling him about after the saga and weird facts he had no idea about.
As time went on I could outsmart anyone I knew (in person) when it comes to Star Wars and could go on for ages about maybe one character or scene. My friends shake their heads as I go into another one of my ‘talks’.
Now, a little older, I collect books and toys and read my Star Wars Trivial Pursuit cards over and over. I post on Port Haven, read up on characters and play my fair share of video games. I am, of course, a big fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and love learning new things on the show almost every week as the episodes come out.
Overall, big fan, famous around my friend group for repeating the same thing over and over: “Ask me a question about Star Wars!”
I almost missed it. Although I was raised on a steady diet of Doctor Who and The Twilight Zone, Star Wars somehow flew under my mental radar until I was thirteen. Even then I wouldn’t have gone unless some friends had wanted to see Attack of the Clones on a hot day in the town over. I’d seen some trailers on television: the creatures looked cool, but the appeal of Jedi monks and space politics seemed slim.
Then, of course, I watched it. Enthralled by the Jedi school, the nexu, and the scintillating escapism, Star Wars became my new obsession. When a friend showed me the original trilogy, aghast that I had survived thus far without them, Luke Skywalker became my new hero. It wasn’t long until I found message boards and fan fiction and started trying to make my mark on the galaxy far, far away.
With some unfortunate forays into The Courtship of Princess Leia and The Crystal Star in between, Kevin J. Anderson’s Jedi Academy trilogy and the New Jedi Order were my introduction into the Expanded Universe. I started to amass the collection of Star Wars books and video games currently occupying my shelves.
I’m a twenty-something writer whose interests also include martial arts and poultry. You can also find me at blogfullofwords.blogspot.com
I could give you the whole song and dance and explicitly steamy and NSFAE (not safe for anyone’s ears) details about my love affair with Star Wars, but it’d be as exciting as grabbing power converters at the Tosche Station. I will say it all started out when I was 5 years old, seeing A New Hope on VHS for the first time, and my imagination quickly exploded all over the walls. I’ve not recovered since.
Having just recently graduated from college, I’m a few books short of owning every Star Wars novel ever written, played practically every one of the video games, enjoy the frak out of The Clone Wars series, and owe my desire to write all thanks to popping in that VHS tape all those years ago. I’d have a better chance imagining my life without an appendage or two than without Star Wars and I know I’ll feel that way until I become one with the Force.
And if Star Wars is my life, then writing is basically oxygen for me. My writing is focused on screenplays for film these days, after already having tried my hands with comic books, inappropriate and unofficial school newspapers, short stories, and novels. I’ll go back to all those forms time and again, but my favorite is screenwriting.
But don’t worry, I’m not totally narrowed minded and enjoy tons of other sagas, TV shows, video games, and books that have nothing to do with Star Wars. And when I’m not enjoying some form of media or another, I’m out enjoying life with my main group of friends, all of which I’ve had since grade school. We picked each other’s noses in kindergarten and now we bar hop together… it doesn’t get much better than that.
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