Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy (belated) Star Wars day!

May the 4th be with you...

A few words about George's Lucas' conquering series.  I am a big Star Wars fan, but what I love even more than the series is the effect that it's had on this galaxy, not so far, far away.  It is without a doubt the most money-making movie series ever (No, not Avatar.  Does Avatar have video games, graphic novels and comic books?  Does Avatar have fan magazines, action figures, and a Lego theme like Star Wars (shown above)?  Does Avatar have toothbrushes, pajamas, underwear, pez candy dispensers, and yogurt boxes?  Does Avatar have collector cards, monopoly board games, and costumes?  How easy would it be to throw an Avatar themed birthday party if your kid wished?) and the most influential (Has Avatar inspired little kids to pick up a random stick and immediately denote it their "lightsaber").  Why is it so successful?  It doesn't need a strong story.  Or good acting.  Or any witty one-liners.  Heck, nowadays it doesn't even need very good special effects to thrive.  I think it's the imagination behind George Lucas' world that makes it so popular.  And its worldy appeal.  Almost anyone can sit down and feel at home in this world of jedi knights, lightsabers, and weird robots that go "bee ba boo".  That is what Star Wars means.

All that nonsense said, it's completely stupid to make a quote "holiday" off of a movie series.  And here's why.

There are a few nice holidays
Like Christmas and Easter, I says.
But Valentines and Earth
Are not very much worth
Celebrating as holidays.

There are many weirdos who spew,
"Star Wars day! May the 4th be with you!"
Then I sigh and I groan,
"Star Wars day, what a clone."
Oh well, May the 4th be with you.

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