If you’ve been living under a rock in the back of cave in the deepest, darkest forest in the middle of nowhere, you know there is a new Star Wars movie coming out soon.
I was so excited when I found out this news. George Lucas was a name that had been revered in my home since I was a child. I watched the original Star Wars trilogy with my parents and little brother, and instantly fell in love. Then, the prequels came out, and I became even more of a fan. Yes, the argument can be made that the prequels sucked and that Jar Jar Binks was a horrible character (which, watching them now, yeah, sure, he’s annoying). However, as a young girl, whose best friend was a neighbor boy, the Star Wars franchise was something I came to love, even with the prequels!
In 7th grade (or was it 8th?), my friend Sarah stayed at my house for a few days. During that time, I basically made her watch the Star Wars saga with me. She had to know what she was missing! We watched 4, 5, and 6, and I could tell she loved it as much as I did.
Being the creative 12-year-olds we were, we started writing our very own Star Wars, Episode VII. Sarah was the daughter of Luke Skywalker, I was the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia, and we were best friends/cousins training together at the Jedi Academy. Of course, Uncle Luke Skywalker ran the academy and trained us both. I’m pretty sure the entirety of this “film” was going to be Sarah’s character trying to find her mother with my character’s help. It was genius, in our young minds, and I loved writing along side my friend.
Unfortunately, we only got to three pages in (if that) before it fell to the wayside.
So, you can imagine my excited when the announcement was made that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a thing that was happening!
Sure, it’s not going to be as awesome as Sarah’s and my story, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers.
As excited as I was for this new installment to the saga, I’m sort of… over it.
It’s not because the story is lame, or overused, or that I don’t like J.J. Abrams (which I love him, so I’m actually excited to see what he does with the film).
It’s because of the merchandising.
You think Pumpkin Spice Everything is bad… Star Wars everything is even worse!
I mean, I can understand t-shirts, shoes, lunch boxes, toys…I can support that. Those things are normal. That’s healthy.
But, my word! They’ve got Star Wars everything right now!
Let me count the ways…
And last, but certainly not least… potatoes. Yes, you can buy your very own Star Wars: The Force Awakens bag of potatoes, if your little heart so desires.
I’m so sick of it! Everywhere I go, it’s Star Wars this and Star Wars that. I can’t escape it! It’s so overdone and is taking away the enthusiasm I once had for my beloved saga. Granted, if I’m given Star Wars anything for Christmas, I’ll be extatic, but the point still stands: too much is too much.
I LOVE Star Wars, I do. I even have three wooden posters (one for each original film) hanging above my bookshelf. And I get the excitement, and totally understand that it’s a humongous deal that this is happening.
I am very excited for the new film, I’m just afraid that with all the merch, the excitement has dwindled.
Either way, it’s going to be a great film. I plan to see it in theaters, but not for a while. To the ones who have had their tickets purchased for opening night this week, …God-speed.
May the Force be with you!