In 1977, George Lucas released a small indie film called Star Wars. Expecting it to be an ultimate failure, Lucas took a trip to Hawaii and prepared for the worst for when he returned. However much to his utter dismay, the film was an instant success, with people lining up around the block and plenty of sold out theaters. Since then the film has spawned plenty of films, games, TV shows, an amazing legacy, and countless of dedicated and die-hard fans.
Now enough with the pointless history lesson (that you probably already know). I just wanted to share my thoughts about this anniversary and my experiences and memories of this movie series. A lot of this will be how Star Wars has played a part in my life.
I feel really happy that Star Wars has actually lasted for 40 whole years. It really amazes me that it's reached great lengths of success. Especially in recent years. These movies have always had a special place in both mine and in millions of other people's hearts. And it's so great that it was all able to last this long and will continue to last for decades to come.
I remember it was my uncle who first introduced me to Star Wars. I was very little and didn't understand the plot or the characters. But I still liked it for all the action scenes and amazing effects. However, as I grew older I really started to understand the characters and plot, which only made me like it even more.
I watched Attack of the Clones first. I don't no why, but I think it was the only Star Wars movie my uncle had at the time and I fell in love with it (even though today I don't really like it). I remember thinking that it was the only movie. It wasn't until, through pop culture, media, and playing games such as Lego Star Wars, did I learn more about the other movies. But it was around that point that I was really starting to lose interest in it.
One day during some family event, Spike TV was airing one Star Wars movie that I haven't seen. A New Hope. I decided to watch it and had no idea who these characters or anything else was. I only knew that it was Star Wars. But as I watched, it really managed to capture my young little imagination and I was really enjoying it. I only knew Attack of the Clones, so seeing this was a whole new experience for me.
After that, I really wanted to watch all the other movies. Soon enough I was going from store to store collecting all the movies and watching them with my mom and dad. I really started to feel connected to the characters and plots. I loved it all.
Over the years, sometimes my interest grew and other times it fell. But then, back when the first trailer for The Force Awakens released, I felt really excited. Waiting for the release of the movie and being surrounded by so much hype and anticipation really made my interest for Star Wars grow exponentially.
Now-a-days I am a huge avid fan of Star Wars. I love learning about the latest news, learning about cannon and EU lore, collecting merchandise, and going to see the new movies with friends. I can honestly say that it has really inspired to be creative with art, writing, and even my aspirations in life.
Today, It's really cool that we can celebrate 40 years of this amazing franchise. Throughout all these years, Star Wars has remained and always will remain an iconic staple in popular culture. And even though this franchise had plenty of low moments, The thing that really made it survive are the fans. About 3 generations grew up with it and with the newer movies coming out, it will be an amazing thing to see newer generations grow up with it in the same way we did.
I hope you liked this little story of mine. Once again, I just wanted to share my experiences and memories of this movie series. So I thought today during the 40th anniversary would be appropriate. I wonder if your experiences where any different from mine. If you want, share them down in the comments.
Thanks for reading.
May the force be with you!