Sometimes, fans piss me off. They really do. And to me, there is nothing worse than judgment from within the Star Wars community. So-and-so thinks they’re a better fan because they’ve read every single EU book, so-and-so thinks they’re the biggest fan because they have the most Star Wars costumes, so-and-so thinks they’re the best fan because they listen to podcasts, read every Star Wars blog, etc., etc. But lately – what’s been pissing me off the most – are the people who want to shove their opinion down my throat on why the Prequels suck.
I guess, in a way, I get angry at people who refuse to acknowledge the Prequels because it’s still part of Star Wars. Like any relationship, there are parts about it that you love, and parts that you can’t stand. All six movies came from George Lucas, so let’s embrace it as a whole story, as opposed to separate chunks.
I’m not trying to rant here. I love that people have different opinions, and everyone knows that I really can’t stand AOTC, but I feel like when I’m talking to another fan – please show respect. I, for one, love TPM and it’s the whole reason I have an Old Republic Jedi Costume.
While mulling this in my head yesterday while stuck in a ridiculous amount of traffic, I created a code of conduct (though the code is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules) for all Star Wars fans. Yes, ALL. So you must ALL follow what I say, OKAY?!
The Do’s and Don’ts When Talking with Prequel Fans
Don’t judge people who like the Prequels or try to “convert” them to the Original Trilogy. Yes, there are those out there who actually like the Prequels. We should try to look at the Star Wars saga as a “whole”, as opposed to two separate trilogies. There’s always someone in the family that you’re a little ashamed of and don’t want to be seen in public with, but they’re blood and you still love them. Same thing goes for the Prequels. I also know many children who adore the Prequels. These younglings look at the Original Trilogy as outdated, but love the flash and glitz of the Prequels. And don’t forget, the Prequels are a precursor to The Clone Wars, which for many of them, is why they were drawn into the Star Wars universe to begin with. When you try to change someone’s mind about the movies they like, you only end up coming off as condescending. No one wants that.
Don’t blame everything on Jar Jar Binks. He was only prominent in one movie. Most people view Jar Jar with hatred through adult eyes. I remember being a child when TPM first came out and didn’t mind Jar Jar. In fact, I didn’t like or dislike him, he was just another character that was in the movie. I feel that so many adults hated his childish ways and discounted the fact that a lot of children enjoyed his presence in the movie. Lucas has said, “the movies are for children but they don’t want to admit that… There is a small group of fans that do not like comic sidekicks. They want the films to be tough like The Terminator, and they get very upset and opinionated about anything that has anything to do with being childlike.” What we forget as adults is how bogged down TPM gets with politics and dialogue and so much of it goes way over the head of young children. Having Jar Jar there as a distraction keeps the children slightly more engaged through the dialogue-ridden scenes. And without Jar Jar, we wouldn’t have my FAVORITE spoof of all time from Robot Chicken:
Don’t blame George Lucas for ruining Star Wars. We all wanted the movies. For years, fans wanted Episodes I-III. And we begged, clamored, and speculated as to if these movies were ever going to come to fruition. And guess what? Lucas decided, “Hey, I think it’s time to tell Anakin’s complete story”. He proceeded to make TPM…and everyone hated him. It’s sad, because the expectations were SO HIGH. We wanted the Original Trilogy back. But technology had changed, Hollywood had changed, and Lucas had changed. We forget how much he pushed the envelopes with technology during the Prequels. When you look at the CGI, Jar Jar was seamlessly blended into the movies, and you forget that he is completely computer generated, along with Dexter Jettster, the Kaminoans, Grievous, etc. Lucas pushed the boundaries and made these characters that only existed onscreen believable.
Do find good things to say about the Prequels. There are so many reasons, and I’ve just listed a few above. When you show that you are open to accepting the Prequels as part of the Star Wars saga, you end up being more welcoming to different kinds of Star Wars fans. Encourage people to talk about their love of the Prequels, and don’t mention how much you hate them until you get to know them better. Treat the Prequels like you would treat politics: sensitively, and not trying to push your opinion down anyone’s throat. There are valid points for liking the prequels, and remember that it can be very subjective.
Now, let’s all make this fandom a better place, right?