Star-crossed: A Complicated Valentine to ‘Star Wars’

Anyone who has watched the Star Wars films likely has a formative memory for when they first saw any of the movies, or more recently, the shows in that universe.  

It left an imprint on me that lasted my entire life and ultimately resulted in my writing my own space opera. But I want to dig into the journey I’ve taken as a Star Wars fan.

My toddler eyes weren’t exactly sure what they were seeing in that movie theater back in 1977. But I was hooked.

Twin Suns, Walking Carpets, and a New Hope

I became intrigued by the fact that a planet could have two suns. I loved R2-D2, didn’t like the remote Luke faced with his helmet on, I thought Chewbacca was very tall, and I wanted to fly into space.

I had seen the first film a few times in reruns, although my family did not yet have a VCR. After watching Empire, I became a superfan.

Fandom on Ice

I still couldn’t have action figures, but I could have books, so I bought those and practically wore them out rereading them and looking at their pictures.

In the pre-Internet era, news about any new Star Wars IP was hard to come by. I took anything I could get: Ewok Adventures, Droids, and the Timothy Zahn books. I wanted more movies, but so did every Star Wars fan.

Shows and Books 

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