I realize I’m about as late to the party as I could be, but thanks be to the geeky gods and my insistent friends, I now love Star Wars.
My road to Star Wars love didn’t start out so pretty. I had never seen the originals when the new episodes released. I remember being 12 and my parents took me to see Episode 1. In my opinion, Episode 1 was and still is pretty bad. After seeing it in theaters, I had all of zero desire to ever watch any of the movies. Sure Anakin was painfully adorable and Queen Amidala had some amazing costumes, but it didn’t hook me in AT ALL – nothing about it compelled me to watch more.
I borrowed the set from a friend and decided it was time once and for all to watch the movies properly and put my bad Star Wars past behind me. I watched 4-6 followed by 1-3. I also wanted to immediately watch 4-6 again because I loved them. I’ll admit I had a lot of questions during A New Hope. I didn’t really know what was going on and my poor husband had to pause the movie to answer them. Eventually he told me to hold all questions until the end of class. By the end of the movie I had mostly figured things out and was ready for starting the next one.
We watched one each night and I became OBSESSED. Not only was the good vs evil simply epic, but I fell in love with Darth Vader. Not even just new episodes Anakin, but old school Vader. I guess I’m just a lover a heart, but to me, the entire story felt a lot like the tale of him and his misfortune turned to redemption. Seeing his burnt helmet in The Force Awakens preview gave me chills and ALLLLLL the feels.
The Star Wars story is really the tragedy of Darth Vader. That is the story. Once Vader dies, he doesn’t come back to life, the Emperor doesn’t get cloned and Luke doesn’t get married … – George Lucas
I also now have the hots for Han Solo, because really, how could one not. Harrison Ford truly was so so SO good as Han with his nonchalant attitude. He also seemed familiar to me…helloooo Malcolm Reynolds. So I now joke they’re my smuggler space boyfriends. I also wish I had known and loved Leia growing up, as what young girl doesn’t want a bad ass princess to admire.
I’ll admit, it feels a bit strange to love a series so much. I almost feel like a phony having such strong feelings for movies that people have loved for so long, but the movies were truly great. I want to buy ALL of the things now, too. Force Friday was a first time for me to feel like a fangirl. It was fun to be among like-minded people all trying to get some cool stuff. I even ran out to Target Friday morning and got this little beauty.
I really hope Santa brings me the BB-8 as he’s just so cute. I’ve now got 3 Star Wars t-shirts (and I don’t think I’ve ever even owned a t-shirt outside of ones for the gym) and completely encourage and indulge my son’s interest in all things Star Wars. I get excited over awesome shirts and toys for him and usually want to “borrow” some of his toys to put on my desk.
I’m so glad I’ve finally discovered the goodness of Star Wars. It took having this little blog, letting go of the stubbornness, and giving space a chance to discover a love for an amazing series. Bring on The Force Awakens!
What was your first true “geeky” series love?