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It’s my birthday, I’ll wear a wampa if I want to.

Sorry about missing a post on Friday (I try to post M-W-F, and if I have more to say, post those on Tuesday or Thursday). Last week was a busy week, with my MIL’s mother’s wake and funeral. So many many things to do, so many places to go- things were a little topsy turvy.

Before I go any further, thank you to everyone who asked me how I was doing. During a week where I was primarily concerned with how everyone else was… it was something I needed.

As it is a tradition, I went to Disneyland for my birthday. Disneyland trips when I was a kid tended to coincide with birthdays (I think it helped that my birthday was in the off season), and it’s been something I’ve continued as an adult (though I might have skipped the odd birthday when I worked there). Now that I have kids, it’s been a sort of escape. Last year and the year before, TheBoy got us a hotel room at the Park and we had a great time. Why just the two of us? Well, when you’re used to tailoring trips around what two little boys will and won’t go on, it’s nice to get to go on everything you want to.

But since we just had a trip away for the 5k, we decided to do a family trip this year.

We weren’t there for very long, and we managed to split up more than go on rides as a family, but it was a lovely time. The Little Kidlet and I went on Star Tours (Kashyyyk again), while TheBoy and the Oldest Kidlet rode the monorail and watched Jedi Academy. We went to lunch at Village Haus (they have a dedicated fryer for fries which is great for LK’s allergies), then on another trip around on the monorail.

Then we split so that OK could go on Pirates (this time with his father- since I’d gotten to go on it with him on our last trip as a family), and the Little Kidlet and I watched the Jedi Academy. From the side, not in front of the stage.

And while we were waiting to meet up, I bought this guy. I saw a picture of someone wearing one last week, and I knew that this was the hat for me. No pandas, cats, bears, or anything found in our galaxy. A wampa is the one for me.

wampahead

Today’s plans are pretty low key. The Little Kidlet was home for a scratch test at the allergist, and we enjoyed my favorite tacos for lunch.

Kidlets, Droids & Star Wars, blurring the lines.

A lot has gone on since vacation, and it seems wrong at the moment to blog the silliness.

TheBoy’s maternal grandmother is in the hospital. Her health has been declining over the last year- and in the last few months especially. And it’s terminal. She has congestive heart failure and her kidneys have failed. They’re making her comfortable… but it’s upended everything here. But I’ve had these posts lined up in the queue, and I don’t quite have the words yet to write about it. Just know that we really do appreciate all the support. <3 -W

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Late one night, while perusing my G+ feed, I found someone sharing the Millennium Falcon project, musing about how it’s entirely likely in the near future for us to have droids like Threepio and Artoo. Something not only with AI, but a personality.

And I considered how unbelievably awesome it would be to own my own Threepio and Artoo. Helpful, but also an endless source of comedic amusement. Threepio’s worrisome nature would be amusing. Artoo’s sound effect filled sass would be…

That’s when it dawned on me.

I don’t have to wait to have Threepio and Artoo. My kids are far more like them than I’d ever thought. I know, they aren’t droids. But give me a moment to explain.

The Oldest Kidlet is smart, but a bit of a know-it-all. Not having learned things like modesty, he will constantly tell you exactly how much he knows about something. And he talks. Constantly. He is also our worrier. During the saga of the flat tire, he immediately began to worry about whether or not we would ever make it to Arizona. It was the 7 year old equivalent of “we’re doomed.” He also prefers to take the well-traveled path. He also appreciates a good bath.

The Little Kidlet is equally smart, but pretty quiet about it. While he talks, he has a tendency to fill the silence in the room with sound effects. He’s also the one who will keep trying something until he gets it right, and doesn’t worry when things go wrong. He tries to figure out what to do next and goes for it. He’s the one more likely to explore the unknown.

The only question is, how did I not notice this earlier?

Okay. Now I see the resemblance.

Okay. Now I see the resemblance.

Drizzle, LEGO and Star Wars.

It’s a rainy day here in SoCal. Which means that it isn’t actually raining. It’s been drizzling most of the day, heavily enough to ensure that the roads (and my windshield) stay wet, but not enough that you need an umbrella.

Drizzle, Fo Rizzle my dizzle.

Which is why I was surprised when on the way home I saw a river running on the side of the road. But when I noticed traffic come to a stop up ahead, I realized that either a water main had burst, or someone had hit a hydrant. I apologize that the picture wasn’t better, but there were Highway Patrol blocking off the area of the accident and I didn’t want to get in trouble for using my phone while driving. (Both pictures were snapped while my car was stopped)

Yesterday was the Oldest Kidlet’s 7th birthday. Since we’d already had his birthday party, but hadn’t given him his present yet (I would have given LK his present on his birthday, but I sort of had a feeling his classmates show up at their joint birthday party and I wanted him to get some presents, so I held off on his). It was… a LEGO Star Wars set!

The kidlets have been getting into LEGO, and only recently discovered the joy that is their Star Wars line. LittleGeekGirl and her brother gave OK a V-Wing set, and it gets a regular amount of playtime. My mom bought OK a set with Savage Opress AND Asajj Ventriss (She gets bonus points for buying stuff with female SW characters)! Oh, and Anakin Skywalker. And two little models of an X-wing and Naboo Starfighter. The set that we bought him was from A New Hope – with the escape pod, two Stormtroopers and Artoo and Threepio. They even had a shiny LEGO chip included so that your Stormtrooper can re-enact that infamous line, “Look Sir, droids!” (The youngest Brother-in-law watched me putting them together and wondered if the sets were more for me than them. Considering I lectured my boys for ten minutes on what an escape pod is and what it isn’t… he might be onto something.)

Of course, they play with these enough that I also have to keep reassembling bits and pieces of them. So much that this morning the Oldest Kidlet asked if I could glue these sets together, since these are the LEGOs that you play with, not use to build other things.

While I’m on the subject of LEGO Star Wars, if you’re a fan, I recommend checking out the LEGO Star Wars specials. I still haven’t seen the first one, but they showed The Empire Strikes Out last week on Cartoon Network and we recorded it. So I’ve seen it at least a dozen times now.

They’re excessively silly. Which is sort of the way I like things. Also, Darth Maul’s in it (voiced by Sam Witwer, just like in Clone Wars). And of course, Anthony Daniels voices Threepio.

If you need one reason, there’s this: Han shoots first. And when asked about it says, “Why wouldn’t I?”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to finish reading up on how to immortalize my LEGO sets.

(PS- If you’re a fan of Jedi Lore, even if you aren’t a fan of The Clone Wars, I recommend checking out this story arch: “The Gathering” – “A Test of Strength” – “Bound for Rescue” – “A Necessary Bond” It follows a group of younglings on their quest to build lightsabers, and more or less is a standalone arch. And if you need more reason to check it out, David Tennant voices a character in it.)

Happy 4th!

It’s the Fourth of July! Hopefully everyone has a safe day. With all the drier than usual conditions- please be careful. (In fact, a number of states have firework bans because of the heat and dryness)

We’re watching the Clone Wars marathon on Cartoon Network right now. My youngest is wearing his Clone Trooper helmet and blasting away along with the 501st.

Little Kidlet's version of Darth Vader

While this pic isn’t from today, this is the helmet he’s wearing.

Yesterday I put up a post about something I felt strongly about (The Star Wars blog removing bylines from past posts, including most of Bonnie Burton’s), and it would seem that’s echoed a bit with the internet. Thanks for all the follows, shares, RTs, views, etc. I write about what I care about and try to be as thoughtful as I can about it.

I also added an update. It would seem that they left bylines in for Bonnie Burton’s craft posts, her updates about Katie… in short anything that anyone might search for using her name. They also left bylines for Pete Vilmur’s collectibles posts. Again, something that would be searchable.

It doesn’t make me feel any better- because instead of it being a decision to simply remove credit from pasts posts, this shows that they’re extremely aware of what they needed to keep for search engine optimization (SEO) purposes.

I also want to make it clear that while I was showing what happened to Bonnie, I never said that this was just about her. I know that other people contributed to the Star Wars blog over the years. All of them deserve their credit. But Bonnie is the one who brought it up- the one who can comment as to which of the unattributed posts were her.

With that, I’m going to spend the day with my family, and maybe get a little writing done. Hope you all have a safe day! While it’s a little cooler today, it’s a little cloudy right now. Hopefully that burns off, so that we can see fireworks tonight.

Giving people credit. It’s Important.

Those in the Star Wars community probably know that Bonnie Burton (the woman behind the Star Wars social media & blog, as well as author of a wildly popular Star Wars craft book) was fired.

The social feeds have continued, but it’s obvious that the heart is gone from them. It used to feel like sitting down with a friend to talk about Star Wars- sharing pictures from various conventions, celeb tweets about SW love, and bringing up stories that caught like wildfire- like the outpouring of support for Katie, the first-grade girl bullied for liking Star Wars.

Now, it’s become just another bland corporate account. Sure they’ve begun sharing stories, but it’s just like every other feed out there now. Promoting their own new items, new shows, RTs when people beg for birthday wishes… and don’t get me started on this tweet:

A lot of the people I know from the fan community have taken to using #StarWars instead of @starwars on Twitter. I’ve seen a fair number of people admitting that they stopped following @starwars- myself included. While it’s improved since that first rocky week after Bonnie was fired, it still doesn’t have much of a personality.

But that’s old news. There’s more. The official Star Wars site went under a redesign, including their blog. And mysteriously, all of the past bylines (including all of Bonnie’s) vanished. All attributed to “Star Wars Blog” while those currently working on it get bylines. (On these posts, the photographers still get credit)

Which isn’t cool. At all. It’s disrespectful to her as a writer (as well as everyone else who wrote content for them in the past). You don’t see the New York Times erasing the bylines of every person who stopped writing for them. Why? Because that’s who did the work.

Star Wars is the cultural mainstay it is because of the fans. Beyond that, it’s what it is because of all the people who’ve worked for Lucasfilm and contributed to it. Removing bylines is like trying to erase the past- and that’s wrong. You don’t see journalist’s names removed from pieces simply because they left a paper or were let go. You don’t see sports teams pretend that players they’ve traded or who retired weren’t part of their franchise. Why? Because it’s part of the collective history.

Bonnie Burton’s work is just that. By seeing a byline, nobody will assume that she still works for Lucasfilm. Most people are savvy enough to see that the date of the post was from months ago or a year ago, and that she hasn’t written anything recently and figure it out. All they’ll know is that she’s one of the hundreds (if not thousand or so) people who’ve worked for Lucasfilm, helping to make Star Wars what it is. Bonnie isn’t likely the only person who was affected by this- but she’s the one who pointed it out. Credit should be given where credit is due.

It’s hard to explain why this upsets me so much, but it does. But Star Wars is just that big a part of my life.

Update: It’s been pointed out below that Bonnie’s craft posts are still there if you keep scrolling backward, or if you figure out her author page name. But with the current design, these posts will be somewhat buried until someone else posts something craft related, and her name will never pop up on the sidebar.

So it is just her pop-culture posts that had the byline removed. As I said below, I feel even more uncomfortable now, since it wasn’t just a clean wipe of the bylines from all the old posts. They kept her bylines for craft items. Why? The only answer that makes any sense of why you’d wipe one but not the other, is that it’s to keep the SEO active for anyone searching for her Star Wars craft book, so that searches will lead back to the Star Wars blog and not just her social media profiles or shopping links to buy the book.

Yes, Star Wars.

I went to drop off the Little Kidlet at school yesterday, and made the mistake of taking the route near the freeway. The freeway was backed up, and so were the side streets. So I turned around and went my other route- driving over a hill back into our neighborhood.

But I was starving by that point.

While not from yesterday, this IS the shirt I was wearing.

So I pulled in to a fast food place and placed my order. The guy took my money and looked down at my shirt. “Star Wars?” He asked it in the same sort of way you’d warily ask someone to confirm that they just said something horrible.

There were two ways that I interpreted it. Either he thought I was a poser Star Wars fan (very possible- back when I was 18, the guys at the gaming shop thought that Constance and I were too pretty to be RPG fans) or he thought Star Wars was lame.

So when he handed me my receipt, I just smiled at him and called him Sleemo. Which for the non Star Wars fans is Huttese for slime-ball. Yeah. I broke out the Huttese.

He blinked at me, completely confused. Yep, he just thought Star Wars was lame. As I drove off, I wished I could have remember how to say “I shall enjoy watching you die” in Huttese.

Introducing Star Wars to the Kidlets

Oh dear. Everything seems to be happening on St Patrick’s Day. I’ll be at Wondercon that day, and already I’ve been invited to a baby shower and a birthday party. Not to mention that I’m missing Sportive Tricks in Long Beach. (Go, Southern California people, go!)

But I’m going to Wondercon. I’m going to make myself a Sith costume and I’m debating whether to go with a classic cloak or something a little less traditional.

Though that reminds me- I need to make a Vader costume for someone. Because this (as my friends pointed out) screams Casual Day on the Death Star.

Little Kidlet's version of Darth Vader

It is official. The Little Kidlet has seen all of the original Star Wars trilogy. I’m still not entirely sure that he heard that Vader is Luke’s father… he might have been too busy lightsaber dueling with an invisible opponent.

He really did enjoy Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, though. He cheered when Palpatine was thrown into the reactor shaft. He had no real reaction to the Ewoks, but he did grab just about any toy and pretend they were speeder bikes.

His big brother was more interested in getting some computer time, since he knew he wouldn’t have much of an opportunity to play his roller coaster building program this week. Though he did manage to come into the end of Return of the Jedi (after missing all of ESB) and still miss that Vader was Luke’s father. He did know that Vader turned good at the end, but missed the rest. We’ll try again this week, I think.

I don’t think I ever really explained why I’ve been so eager to make sure both boys saw the original trilogy. Aside from the fact that I’m a big Star Wars fan, I had a feeling that they’d enjoy the movies as well as Episode One (TheBoy and I agreed that Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith are just too dark for the boys). And come on- lightsabers are just fun.

But really, I wanted my boys to have the chance to experience one of the great surprise twists of the movie world. They’re still young enough that they didn’t actually know who Darth Vader is, especially since they mostly played with each other and I’ve sworn my family and the in-laws not to spoil them.

Why? It was something that I didn’t get to have. Empire Strikes Back was released the year I was born. I literally grew up with kids who had older siblings who just told them that Vader was Luke’s father. I hadn’t even seen the movie yet and exactly how James Earl Jones said it.

I know lots of people who started their kids watching the Star Wars movies with The Phantom Menace, since it’s now the starting point of the Star Wars trilogy. But I would argue that the prequels are only effective if you’ve already seen the original trilogy. You get the added dimension of knowing that this is a tragic tale from the start. You know that Anakin is going to turn to the Dark Side and that Obi-Wan didn’t see it coming. You know that the Republic will fail. And you get to see the hints of what’s to come.

I did go see The Phantom Menace in 3D with TheBoy weekend before last. I know, many people will say that I’m simply enabling George Lucas- but really, the Star Wars movies are meant to be seen on the big screen. And Phantom Menace was a lovely 3D conversion. It was done to be immersive (more so than say Alice in Wonderland, which was also a nicely done 3D conversion… but pretty pointless in the end), and the podrace and lightsaber duel/triad was pretty dang spectacular.

No, Jar Jar doesn’t improve with age. There were a lot of twenty-somethings in the theater with us, and I was practically appalled by how much they laughed at Jar Jar. But then, I see people my age and how fond they are of Ewoks… and it’s basically the same thing. When you see it as a kid, it grows on you. (Unless you’re me. I never liked Ewoks. They had these terrifyingly large soulless eyes. I was more a droid girl from the start)

For goodness sake, they wanted to EAT Luke & Han.

I’ve gotten a little off track, but I’m looking forward to when the original trilogy is back in theaters, so I can take the kidlets to see Star Wars as it was meant to be seen. On a giant screen.

A (pretend) Conversation to George Lucas: Why Han Should Shoot First

As I’m sure most Star Wars fans have heard, George Lucas did an interview that tried to clarify why he made Greedo shoot first in the Special Edition of Star Wars. In short, he never intended it to look like Han shot first. It was always supposed to be Greedo. He went on to say that he didn’t understand why people wanted Han to be a cold blooded killer.

George- may I call you that? George, it’s really quite simple. Nobody thought that Han was a cold-blooded killer. But Han shooting first was an important step in establishing the world at large.

It reinforces that it’s a dangerous part of space. Han knows that unless he shoots Greedo, Greedo will kill him. Which as we later see, isn’t exactly something you want to happen. It’s completely justifiable- he’s doing it to survive.

He’s a survivor, plain and simple. Leia proclaims him to be quite the mercenary, when really, Han Solo is just a guy who’s trying to do what he enjoys and not die- which at the moment involves paying Jabba a lot of money. And frankly, it adds a bit of mystery to Han’s actions. Will he stay with the Rebel Alliance and do the right thing? Or will he cut and run? Being unsure of who Han is in the beginning is why it’s such a victory when Han comes back at the end and saves the day- he’s becoming the guy we always hoped he was deep down.

If it’s really that Han shoots Greedo after Greedo shoots him, then it takes a bit of the bite out of who he is.

Frankly, Han being Han is an important part of getting the audience into the story. Luke sees the world as black and wide and is the most naive kid you will ever meet. Honestly, he’s lived Tatooine on his entire life and Owen never told him how to act if he meets an unsavory crowd? Crazy. Leia is all about doing the right thing. But she’s also wealthy- and as TheBoy said when I was discussing this with him, when you’re wealthy, you can afford to have morals. Han obviously lives a life filled with shades of gray. While this is Luke’s story, Han’s the one we relate to.

Ignoring how this affects Han, but it makes Greedo just another bad guy in Star Wars who can’t shoot- because frankly, I thought the reason his shot went wide was because Han shot him. Seriously, George. Stormtroopers have lousy aim. Paragons of the Empire, and they can’t shoot a cluster of beings in an empty docking bay. But they’re at least a distance away from them. Greedo was right across the table and couldn’t hit Han? Jeez.

I think this was a good talk, George. Maybe next time you can tell me why you like to kill off interesting characters.

Gender roles? I stomp on them.

This week, I saw two things that made me wonder how we’re raising our kids these days… and why we haven’t come further. First was an old advice column from 2002 on Dr. Phil’s website.

In the column, a woman asked for advice about her 5 year old boy who had two older sisters and preferred to play with “girl toys” and wanted to wear girl clothes. The page is making the rounds of LGBT blogs, who are rightly concerned by Dr. Phil’s attitude. While he says that it could just be a phase, and clearly isn’t an indicator that her son is gay (which by the way, the mother never seemed to have mentioned). But he tells her to push the child towards boy clothes and boy toys, to direct him from anything that might confuse him.

Again, this is from 2002. It isn’t a new post, but it’s still on his blog. If he had changed his stance, then he should have removed the post, or clarified something on it. But he didn’t.

So what was the second thing? A friend of mine was lamenting that her son was being hassled about taking ballet. You know, since that’s for girls.

Can I just say once and for all, ballet is not just for girls. If it was, you wouldn’t have a Prince to attempt to save Odette in Swan Lake, a Nutcracker Prince or a Rat King. There would be no epic pas de deux filled with lifts.

My sister was a ballet dancer, and while there were rarely any boys in her classes when she was a girl, as she got older and moved up into more advanced classes… there were men. And obviously, the company she danced with was filled with them too. And you know what? Most of them were straight.

My friend’s son reminds me of a boy who lived across the street from us in high school. He was the sweetest little boy, whose greatest love was dancing. The summer my sister and I babysat him and his little sister, was a summer filled with two things- Barney and dance parties. You could put on any CD and he’d dance, dance, dance. But he loved to watch my sister dance, and tried his best to follow along. So he started to take ballet, and actually starred as Peter in a ballet of Peter and the Wolf. His dad had an issue with it.

Just so I can have it somewhere, here’s what I say to anyone when they try to say that ballet is just for girls. Ballet isn’t just for girls. It takes a great amount of strength and skill to dance the way that male dancers do- which is why a lot of professional athletes take ballet for agility (admittedly, a lot of pros turn to pilates and yoga these days). Just look at Gene Kelly, who was well versed in all sorts of dancing, but brought in ballet to many of his films. He danced with grace, but with an athleticism and masculinity that set him apart from other dancers. (No knock to Fred Astaire who seemed to glide effortlessly, but Gene Kelly made sure you knew it took a bit of effort- and it was worth every bit of it) Then look at Patrick Swayze. He grew up at his mother’s dance studio and played a lot of tough guys in Hollywood. Including a tough guy who danced in Dirty Dancing. (Exhibit A: Donald O’Connor and Gene Kelly “Moses“. Exhibit B: Donald O’Connor “Make Em Laugh” Ballet Exhibit A & B: Mikael Baryshnikov “Don Quixote” and a snippet from “White Nights“)

I get frustrated when people try to enforce gender roles. It’s deemed (mostly) acceptable if a girl is a tomboy, but weird for boys to want to do girl things. Let’s look at TheBoy and I. Yes, I am exceptionally girly. I cook, bake, sew, love make-up, jewelry and high heels. I also prefer my hair on the shorter side, really dig menswear (I even rocked a tie in the 6th grade), prefer action movies to chick flicks (though I do enjoy them), have played RPGs (the kind with dice and occasionally dungeons), love scifi, played video games (if I had more time, I still would)… oh, and I can use power tools. TheBoy? Grew up watching chick flicks and does enjoy watching them. He loves going to see plays and musicals, cooks and bakes as well, cleans… and honestly doesn’t know the difference between needle nose pliers and regular pliers.

Everywhere you seem to go on the internet, people complain about Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, who is a tomboy. She wears her hair short, dresses like a boy… and you know what? It could just be because she has two older brothers. It certainly has nothing to do with how she’s being raised, since her sister Zahara is a girly girl. And yet, you see people go on and on about how Angelina Jolie is raising her to be a lesbian… when she’s 5. (Lets not even get into the fact that you can’t make someone gay. You’re just born that way)

But that sort of attitude is everywhere. A blogger wrote about her preschooler being sneered at by mothers when he dressed as Daphne from Scooby Doo for Halloween. Last summer, my cousin bought my boys a cold bake oven (which we couldn’t actually use the mixes, since the Little Kidlet is allergic) that was Disney Princesses oven. Purple and pink. And you know what? To those two, it didn’t matter that it was purple and pink and had all the princesses… it was just an oven. They played with it for weeks, making us little treats out of Duplos.

I hope that everyone here remembers Katie, the first grader who was bullied because she liked Star Wars and was a girl. She was told that Star Wars was for boys, and for a few weeks, legions of geek girls were out there to tell her that sci-fi wasn’t just a boy thing. When I was writing a comment on Katie’s mother’s blog about it, my oldest sat next to me and asked what I was reading. I told him the whole story. He looked at me, with the strangest look on his face. “That wasn’t nice. Don’t they know that Star Wars is cool and for everyone?” I admit, he knows I love Star Wars. So at least I know I’m teaching him that girls can like whatever they want to like.

There really aren’t many things that are girl things and boy things, at least as far as toys and past times are concerned. Can’t we just be good parents, and support our kids in what they do? So what if your son wants to learn how to bake? He might become a famous pastry chef. What if he wants to dance? Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov had to get their start somewhere. Your daughter want to be a pilot or an astronaut? Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride paved the way for other women in the skies and space.

I believe that my role as a parent is to support my child, no matter what. I’m there to keep them safe, healthy and happy. If they want to learn to use a skateboard, I’m there with the helmet, safety equipment and bandaids. If either of them want to learn how to dance, I will find them a dance studio and take them to and from class. Because that’s what you do. You support them and love them. And you teach them that there’s no shame in being themselves.

So let’s ditch the gender roles. Maybe if we do, when our kids grow up there won’t be blatant sexism and discrimination (or at least they’ll be aware of it and better prepared to deal with it than we are). That might be a bit much to hope for, but really- if we aren’t changing the way our kids see the world, how is it ever going to change?

Stop saying that!

This is a Geeky Confession post- there is something that most geeks do that drives me up the wall. Not just drives me up the wall, but makes me want to start punching people.

These days, you can’t mention liking Star Wars in a group, without at least one person using the phrase “George Lucas ruined Star Wars” or the more vulgar/offensive “George Lucas raped my childhood.” While I completely understand people not liking the prequels or not liking decisions that Lucas has made, I’m going to make this point- he didn’t ruin Star Wars.

One’s enjoyment of the Star Wars Trilogy is based on the sum of their experiences. No matter how many times he releases Star Wars for home viewing or in theaters- with a bit of tweaking each time… how does that change what you felt the first time you saw Star Wars? Does it negate the memories of every subsequent time you saw it and it made you happy? No. It’s one thing to say you didn’t like the prequels, or that you don’t like the special editions. But Lucas hasn’t ruined Star Wars.

And to those who liken it to rape? Find a new phrase. Rape is a despicable act that utterly violates the victim to the core. George Lucas could not possibly ruin your childhood to that degree. If somehow these changes have… maybe you need to see a shrink. (If you think I’m being overly sensitive, I admit, I might. But really- the weight of the phrase doesn’t fit what you’re describing)

Honestly, I get it! Not everyone liked the prequels. But they don’t negate the movies that came before it, or everything that happened before. I don’t mind talking about people’s problems with the stories or what they didn’t like. Usually you can start some great conversations about where people would have taken the prequels, or what they don’t like about George Lucas’ style as a director. But the response has become so typical that it’s more like a form of geek hipsterism, where it’s trendy to put it down.

I loved the Original Trilogy, and didn’t mind the changes to the Special Edition (except for making Greedo shoot first. That was stupid). I liked the prequels, and while there were obvious problems with the execution, I can admit that there were some problems with the original prequel too. Re-releasing them in 3D? I’m not going to complain- I enjoy the opportunity to see the movies on the big screen. If you don’t like it- don’t go.

Hey, it could be worse. He could have followed James Cameron’s path with Avatar, in which case we’d be on the 50th edition of the original trilogy with all of them available on DVD- and in just about every newspaper and magazine talking about how brilliant he is, and informing you that you can only enjoy the movie in 3D. And whining that because of the popularity of 3D movies, his movie didn’t have a chance to make even more money. For Lucas’ inability to stop tinkering with his movies, he seems like a pretty great guy.

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