This blog/article made me angry: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2015/09/16/when-kids-strike-back-against-star-wars/
Besides the obvious fact that it was not written cohesively (I expected a piece on Star Wars with valid points, but instead I feel like I got a trip down memory lane), it also shows a lack of encouragement on having a child form her own opinion.
Her daughter most likely does not want to see the Prequels based on what her mother (and others) are saying. But her mother probably explained the backstory of Anakin, his relationship to Obi-Wan, his secret wife, Padmé, how he turned to the dark side, etc. etc. And guess where all that information came from? Ohhhh yeahhhhh, those films that so many fans try to ignore: The Prequels. Otherwise, we’d all still be questioning and guessing on the back story of our favorite movies.
I don’t think the Prequels were bad. At all. However, if you think they were horrible, then that’s your free choice.
When I was younger, my family always encouraged me to make decisions for myself by looking at all the different angles when it came to novels, movies, music, food. If I didn’t like something because everyone else didn’t like something, I was always quickly shut up when my mother or sister always asked, “Did you read/eat/see it?” And I would sheepishly reply that actually, no, I hadn’t done that. In which they would promptly dismiss what I said because it had no validity.
Here’s a sampling of books/movies/music I swore to hate because “everyone else” hated them, and then was encouraged to read them by my family and make my own opinion:
- Pride and Prejudice
- Harry Potter
- The Clone Wars
- Country music
- The Hobbit
- Any and all documentaries (some of them are quite good, I’ve come to learn)
- Brussels Sprouts
Here’s a sampling of books/movies/music I thought I’d like because “everyone else” did, but found that I actually hated them:
- The Twilight Series
- Rap music (for the most part)
- Anne Rice novels
- Coffee (okay, not really in the same category but I cannot get the appeal)
- The Mists of Avalon
Do you see my point? Even just a little? “My daughter says she doesn’t even know who Jar Jar Binks is, but she doesn’t want to watch him on screen.” If your daughter doesn’t know who Jar Jar is, then why does she have a problem watching him?
I’m not perfect by any means, but what I’m trying to say is that we should be encouraged to form opinions after we’ve actually experienced something ourselves. I can’t imagine all the happiness I would have lost in my life had I never read Pride & Prejudice with the sole purpose to prove to my mom and sister how horrible it was. What a good book!
Suppose my argument is not good enough. Okay, fine. The daughter does not want to watch the Prequels and she made her own opinion that they were horrible. By herself. Without seeing them. Fine.
What makes me further ticked off with this article is that the author did not use this as an exploratory lesson for her child on storytelling and the different aspects of it. She did not bring up that the Prequels are part of the history of Star Wars and you can’t just ignore them. They may not seem to have a huge relevance to Star Wars right now with the upcoming movie, but I know they will be referenced in future films (did you see the photo of Rogue One? Doesn’t that look like podracer parts in the background?). Or how about the reason George Lucas focused on releasing the Original Trilogy first is because he knew that it was a stronger story than Anakin’s backstory. Or how about the fact that the Prequels broke new ground with their CGI? Or that the Prequels are actually a very interesting, tragic love story between someone who is forbidden to be in love and a story about best friends who end up almost killing each other. Or that the PT show one man’s journey from boy to man and from light to dark – and that after watching them, it highlights the flavors of the Original Trilogy so much more.
I do not have kids, so maybe I’m making too hasty of a judgement. But I am a Star Wars fan and I think this Prequel bashing has got to stop. It’s one thing if you were brought up on the OT and were seriously disappointed by the PT. It’s another when you, as a Star Wars fan, transfer that disgruntlement to your children.
I hated The Clone Wars when it first came out on TV. But I eventually watched it to and I ended up loving it. #AhsokaLives
Who can say that won’t happen to this 13 year old girl?