I’m really one of the least judgmental Star Wars fans out there. Or, at least, I try to be because there’s nothing worse than turning someone off of Star Wars. NOTHING WORSE. (Ok, maybe starvation, world poverty, terrorist attacks…)
But I realized the other day that I do have a “test”, for lack of a better word, that I use in order to see how big of a Star Wars fan I’m talking to. Not as a form of judgment or to prove that I’m a bigger/smaller fan, not at all.
This all started when my husband texted me one day while hanging out with his buddy, “Hey Andy’s new girlfriend claims to be a really big fan of Star Wars.” Cool. I guess. (Sometimes I feel these sentences are like saying, “Hey, Andy’s new girlfriend claims to love listening to music.” Yeah, okay, but so does 90% of the world.)
Next text: “What’s a good question to see how big of a fan she is?”
Anyone can claim they are a huge fan of Star Wars, but I want to know how in depth I should go about Star Wars if we chat.
I made the mistake once of talking to a colleague at my old work about Star Wars quite a bit when I first joined because everyone said she was a huge fan. She was a fan, yes, but “huge” fan? After a few high-level conversations (or I thought they were high level), she threw me off completely by saying, “Well, I like Star Wars, but I’m not an obsessed seven year old child like you are.”
Ouch. Burn, baby, burn. Actually, that insult was mild compared to what I had to put up with in middle school.
My point being is that you have to be careful when navigating these waters. You spend too much time talking to someone who claims to be a huge Star Wars fan and said person could actually begin to look down on you and start the subtle bullying that makes you actually feel bad about your love.
It’s self-preservation, really.
So I’ve set up this one question test to figure out if I’m wasting my time or not when talking about Star Wars with you.
“What kind of alien species are the pig-like guards at Jabba’s Palace?”
BAM! So easy, right? But it really helps narrow down what kind of fan they are. From there you can lead into some discussions about EU, costuming, etc. Okay, so it’s not foolproof but it does create a good starting point.
Do you guys have anything like this in place? Maybe it’s something you don’t realize but it helps you gauge what kind of fan you’re talking to? Or am I the only crazy one? It doesn’t even have to do with Star Wars – it can really be about anything. Let me know (read: reassure me that I’m not crazy)!
P.S. By the way, Andy’s girlfriend thought the answer was Jabwa’s. Yes, that’s how she spelled it so I’m guessing she meant Jawa’s, but maybe she really thought guards at Jabba’s palace would combine his name into their species. I’m trying not to laugh or be judgmental. 😉
P.P.S. My goal was to do a blog post in fewer than 600 words (a massive challenge for me). Win!