Han Solo: Another Reflection on Head Canon

The term ended last week and with it came the close of the second round of our Star Wars & Contemporary Mythology course.  As Hannah and I were making our way through grading some of our students’ work, I had a revelation.  Something similar happened last year, as our students’ final papers helped us finally make peace with The Force Awakens.  I’m not sure if this epiphany-while-grading thing will become a tradition with our Star Wars class, but it’s happened to me again.  This time it came while reading several Star Wars Playlist assignments – focused on Han Solo – and it led me to clearly see something quite personal about my experience of Star Wars.

Note: Um, so this post will spoil The Force Awakens (a movie everyone’s probably already seen a zillion times) as well as Vector Prime (a Star Wars novel that came out nearly twenty years ago…which you’ve probably already read if you care to).  Still, I didn’t want to be rude so, spoiler alert.  Okay?  Okay.

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Photo Credit – The Empire Stirkes Back

The assignment was a fun one.  Inspired, in part, by this engaging piece on The Imperial Talker (where Jeff connects a beautifully moving song to Jyn Erso’s journey in Rogue One), we had our students put together a playlist for any character in the Star Wars films.  They were to pick ten songs and describe to us why they felt these songs related to their character of choice or how they saw the character reflected in the songs.  They were as enjoyable as they were entertaining to grade!  (Thanks Jeff for helping, unintentionally, to light this candle.)  While I was expecting more diversity in character choice, Hannah and I certainly weren’t let down by their song choices or the depth of their analysis.

As will surprise no one, Han Solo was a heavy favorite as the topic for many of these playlists.  What did surprise me was how many songs (sometimes, more than one song on a particular playlist) dealt with his death at the hands of his son, Ben Solo, at the conclusion of The Force Awakens.  Our students picked songs filled with all manner of emotional nuance to explore how this scene played out, affected the story, and how it affected them personally.

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…..this scene. / Photo Credit – The Force Awakens

As I was reading I kept thinking to myself, “Why are they focusing so much on this one scene?  Why are we spending so much time on Ben killing Han?  There’s so much more to Han Solo!”  It made no sense to me.  Then I realized, “Wait, why wouldn’t they spend a lot of time with this??”  Han Solo’s death – especially at the hands of his own son who has chosen the path of the Dark Side as Kylo Ren – is clearly important.  Here’s a beloved character meeting his end in a tragic way in a scene that’s rich with emotion and symbolism (if you’d like more on that, here’s another great post Jeff did about it).  Obviously this would resonate with them!  So the question I asked myself became, “Why didn’t it seem as important to me?”

Then I had my epiphany.

I saw something clearly that I’ve always felt intuitively and emotionally.  For me, Han Solo doesn’t die on Starkiller Base, murdered by Kylo Ren.  I’ve known for nearly twenty years that wasn’t how Han’s story ends.  In what remains the Star Wars death that still affects me most, it’s Chewie who will die first.  In R.A. Salvatore’s novel Vector Prime (kicking off the massive “New Jedi Order” series in 1999), Chewbacca dies ensuring Han’s son Anakin Solo lives.

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Photo Credit – The Empire Strikes Back

In the ruins of Sernpidal City, Chewie and Anakin work to clear refugees from the wreckage as the moon Dobido comes crashing down towards the planet.  They manage to save all the children trapped in the rubble and, as an increasingly chaotic storm swirls around them, Chewie makes sure Anakin gets onboard the Falcon.  But then their time runs out.  Tragically, in the storm the Falcon couldn’t get close enough again for Chewbacca to climb aboard himself.  Saving Anakin would be Chewie’s final, heroic act.  With the Millennium Falcon hovering in the atmosphere, Chewie dies as the planet comes apart as the moon descends.

Deep in mourning, Han paints the Falcon matte black and roams the galaxy without direction, struggling to keep putting one foot in front of the other under the weight of his broken heart.  I’m not going to lie…it was rough.  In fact, I stopped reading the Expanded Universe novels not long after.  Sure, there were other things calling for my attention as a sophomore in high school.  But the bigger truth was, with Chewie gone, it hurt too much to keep reading.  To know Chewie would never sit next to Han in their cockpit again, to read about Leia or Lando or Luke or whomever in the “oversized” chair meant for the Wookiee…ugh.  I just couldn’t do it.  It hurt too much.  Just thinking about this scene to write about it now puts a knot in my stomach.

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This…this is how it should be.  Ugh, the Falcon without Chewie next to Han just isn’t right. / Photo Credit – A New Hope

This experience left such an indelible emotional mark on me that Han’s death in The Force Awakens couldn’t compare.  I already knew what happened to Han and Chewie and this wasn’t it.  It was a powerful scene, yes.  I cried when I saw it and it still moves me when I re-watch the movie now.  But it couldn’t hurt me like Vector Prime and I’d known Vector Prime too long for The Force Awakens to be able to supplant it in my mind.  Chewie’s death is forever an immovable point in my experience of Star Wars.

To be clear, I’m not saying this is the right way to experience Star Wars nor am I saying this is the better way to experience Star Wars.  I’m just saying this is my way for experiencing it.  In fact, I know I’m the minority here!  When you look at the number of people who go to the movies to see Star Wars, it’s a tiny fraction of that number who have read any of the Expanded Universe novels (or the new Disney Canon ones for that matter).  And of those of us who have, I’d bet fewer still stayed through the entire New Jedi Order, let alone the “end” of the EU.

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“Just the two of us / building castles in the sky / just the two of us, you and I!” / Photo Credit – A New Hope

So, for the overwhelming majority of Star Wars fans – the thousands, nay, the millions who have watched The Force Awakens (for many again and again) – this is how Han Solo dies.  He dies helping to save Rey and the Resistance.  He dies trying one final time to save his son.  This is the first ending to his story they know.  For most, this is the only ending they know.  As such, it carries great emotional weight.

I saw that weight reflected in the playlists our students created for Han.  His death affected them, all of them in early high school or middle school when The Force Awakens came out, as Chewie’s did me, when I was at the same point in my life.  They lost a hero to Kylo Ren…just as I lost a hero to a world crumbling under him.  They saw Chewie go on, with Rey in the pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon, to fight alongside the Resistance just as I saw Han stumble through life for a long time, trying to hold himself together, before he could return to his family and the New Republic that needed him.  Each are equally powerful because each are our primary stories.  Our students (and all those who saw The Force Awakens without reading much of the EU) lost Han first, and that left a scar.  I lost Chewie first, and that left a scar.  Both are important.  Both are powerful.

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Photo Credit – The Empire Strikes Back

What really fascinates me about all this is how unique and personal it is.  For the majority of contemporary Star Wars fans, The Force Awakens is their primary frame for post-Return Of The Jedi Star Wars stories.  That’s how they experience this universe.  But it’s not how I experience it.  I’ve been with the other too long.  That’s what’s real to me.

Since this moment wasn’t “real” to me, it didn’t seem as important as it did to my students, for whom it is very much real.  This brings us back to a discussion I’ve had before on this site about the importance of our own head canon.  While some scoff at the term/idea (presuming only those who own the material (first Lucas and now Disney) can control what’s “real” or not in the story), I maintain this is the only way any of us can experience a vast and ever-expanding fictional world like Star Wars.

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Oh how I love the Millennium Falcon!  Best.  Ship.  EVER. / Photo Credit – The Empire Strikes Back

I’ve said before – and I stand by – the only stories that are “real” to you are the ones that speak to you, the ones that affect and move you emotionally and spiritually.  We can’t be moved by a story we’ve never read or seen.  So, no matter what’s “officially canon” and what’s not, if we haven’t read or seen it then it can’t affect our experience of the fantasy world we’re in.  Likewise, if a story doesn’t really land, if it’s not memorable, then it’s not going to affect our ongoing emotional experience of this world.  It will fade from our minds and, more importantly, from our hearts.

For me, Han Solo will always live longer than Chewbacca.  Chewie dies on Sernpidal and Han has to try and figure out how to go on without him.  Because of this, Han’s death in The Force Awakens doesn’t affect me like it does my students (or the great majority of Star Wars fans for that matter).  But, again, all this isn’t to say one’s right while the other’s wrong.  Nor am I trying to argue one story is superior than the other in any way, shape, or form.  Rather, I’m just reflecting on how – when you have a story told for decades over multiple mediums, many times simultaneously – this is the natural result.

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It doesn’t have to be trouble either!  It will work out! / Photo Credit – Return Of The Jedi

And this is okay.  We should all seek out the stories that affect us.  We should all experience what we love in the way we love it.  That’s how art most effectively moves us.  I appreciate listening to classical music but I don’t know enough about what’s happening for it to truly affect me emotionally.  But throw on some Billy Joel?  Now we’re talking :).  I don’t get Quentin Tarantino or Wes Anderson.  I’ve tried…but I just don’t.  Darren Aronofsky or Zach Braff however are directors who stir my soul.  I could never get into Arrested Development but I’ll never tire or re-watching The Office.  I can’t find a rhythm when reading Ken Follett but Paulo Coelho, Diana Gabaldon, or Kurt Vonnegut will keep me happily reading all day, never leaving the couch.  In none of these situations is one objectively better than the other.  It’s just one is for me more than the others.

The same is true of Star Wars.  And it becomes more true with each passing year, as Disney expands their canon of Star Wars stories at an incredible rate.  We’ll all find and embrace the stories that resonate with us while leaving aside the ones that don’t.  That’s something we should celebrate.  The differences are part of the fun.  Personally, I have no desire to see Solo: A Star Wars Story and I won’t go see it.  But I’m excited for everyone who is excited to see it.  And I hope they love it!  My point of view isn’t the “real” Star Wars story.  But it is the real Star Wars story for me.  We all have our own and that’s the only way it can work with a story so large, being told across so many mediums.

Aboard the Millennium Falcon in The Force Awakens, Han tells Rey and Finn, “The crazy thing is, it’s true…all of it.”  That’s what I realized (again, with a new sort of clarity) reading those playlist assignments.  The truth we can see in any sort of art comes from the artistic moments that speak to our hearts and our minds.  That’s how it operates in Star Wars too.  The narrative is so big, the truth of our Star Wars experience can only be found in the stories we’ve explored and the ones that have stayed with us through it all.  I wouldn’t have put a single song on my Star Wars playlist about Ben killing Han.  Heck, I doubt The Force Awakens would have featured at all.  But it was all over our students’ work.  And I love it.  That’s how it should be.  That’s part of the fun,

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I like to think Han’s pointing towards a novel he really liked that’s affected his view of the world.  Well, that or an asteroid.  It’s probably an asteroid. / Photo Credit – The Empire Strikes Back

21 thoughts on “Han Solo: Another Reflection on Head Canon

  1. Weird coincidence- my husband was asking me about head canon this morning before work BEFORE I saw this post! How you experience any fandom depends on when you came into it. Youth today will have the Disney movies, young adults grew up on the prequels, while *ahem* older adults had the original trilogy. My kids don’t get my obsession with Luke Skywalker, while I don’t watch the animated Rebels or The Clone Wars (well, I watched a few of these) so I’m not as invested in Ahsoka Tano as they are. Everyone’s experiences are right for them!

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    1. Amen! You put it perfectly Nancy! Also, kudos to you, your husband, and I all being on the same page today. It’s clearly a “great minds think alike” thing :).

      It’s funny you mention ‘Rebels’ too. I really don’t like the show, at all. I tried it but it just doesn’t do it for me. However, I’ve been wrestling with whether or not I should challenge myself to watch and take notes on all of it at least once. Right now I’m teaching kids who were raised on ‘Clone Wars’ and the Disney movies, as you point out. In a few years, I’ll be teaching kids raised on ‘Rebels,’ I wonder if I should challenge myself to at least be familiar with all of it…even if I don’t really want too. Hmm.

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  2. It’s always interesting to read about other people’s experiences with Star Wars and what affects one person more than another. For me, Vector Prime was a bunch of bologna and I was like, “Oh man, Star Wars is trying to be relevant again and is going off the deep end.” (Funny how I had a similar reaction to the end of SWR) And I kind of just metaphorically threw the book in the trash. I actually returned it to the library and didn’t think much more of it.

    For me, and it still is, it’s always the movies. The movies come first. So when I read Vector Prime, I just thought…meh but it’s not really real. That makes me wonder if I always, subconsciously, thought the EU was, in a way, Legends already and perhaps that’s why that official split was not hard for me to understand or acknowledge.

    Han’s death in the movies is the real death for me. I predicted it was coming and when it happened, I thought, “Okay, I knew it would be there.” As you know, I’m a bigger Luke fan. Han’s death did not effect me as much as it did to other people who were so torn over it. I was more upset with Luke’s portrayal which some people loved.

    It’s interesting, isn’t it? We’re all fans but with all different experiences or head canons.

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    1. Interesting is right! For me, this is one of the most exciting/fascinating parts of the whole thing – seeing what resonates with everyone. Despite us all watching the same movies or reading the same novels, our experience of art is still always going to be so subjective. I love having those conversations and seeing what someone loved and why or what they didn’t and why.

      Like your point about ‘Vector Prime’ just blew my mind! As I say above, it rocked me to the core of my being and still depresses me. (I’m actually nervous about hitting that point as I’m re-reading the entire EU.) It’s wild to think that you read the same book and it hardly registered.

      Really, even though we don’t always seem to know how to do it in “the fandom,” as fans these moments are part of the blessing of such a big universe, with stories told for so many years in so many forms. There’s so much to respond to! And comparing and contrasting our emotional reactions really speaks to how unique we all are as creatures and how many different ways art can move us.

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  3. I was just reading another blog post where this guy was praising the fact that Ahoska lived and going into why it was necessary. I said I didn’t agree but I honored his argument and he wrote, “If we all agreed, it’d be a boring world.”

    You don’t have to like SWR. I don’t have to like Vector Prime. But it’s all okay.

    When I backpacked in Australia and did WWOOF, I stayed with this super hippy lady who frustrated me a lot of the time because I was so different from her, but she would say, “It takes all kinds of people to make this world go round,” and it’s stuck with me for over 10 years now. It’s similar to what that guy said and very relevant to Star Wars fandom right now.

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    1. Wait…this guy was happy Ahsoka lived??? I hope you punched him square in the throat and told him that’s unacceptable :). Haha, seriously though, I agree. It keeps the conversations interesting because we’re all looking for different things. It can also serve as an interesting self-meditation for us. What do we gravitate to in our fiction? What do we want? What do we need? In exploring how we approach fictional stories, I think we can learn about ourselves too.
      That was what this whole playlist epiphany helped me realize, something very personal about how I see/feel/approach Star Wars. What exactly this says about me is something I can still meditate on.

      Unrelated (at least directly, because you connect it pretty perfectly) to Star Wars, your trip to Australia sounds incredible! My brother has always dreamed about going there. I’m a little jealous of the trip too. What an amazing opportunity, hippie mentor and all ;).


  4. Hi Michael,

    Very moving piece. I loved the idea of a soundtrack for a character. That is so awesome because we just tried to do a lesson like that as well. My daughter showed me the Spotify playlists for all the Star Wars characters. Great idea! I have an opportunity to do a film/ blog elective next year. I wanted to do all the Star Wars films. I am starting my masters and want to have something that is easy but meaty for my kids to enjoy doing. Any suggestions on designing this?

    I know this month is crazy but I will be dropping the Justice League piece in a week or so. I will tinker with the Snoke piece and see how we can pull a fan piece together after that.

    Thanks, brother.


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    1. When Hannah and I put ours together, it was born straight from our nerdy passions. So I’d say play to what you’re most excited about. For us, we focused on Lucas’s work (being so-so about the Disney Canon ourselves) and explored the mythology/theology of the stories, literary tropes, and the music too (as that’s where our academic backgrounds are).

      There are a lot of books out there on Star Wars, as far as academic analysis is concerned, if you’re looking to supplement your own close reading (or close watching, as the case may be) of the film. Personally, if you’re looking to try any of those, I’d recommend starting with Kevin Decker’s collection of essays, ‘Star Wars and Philosophy.’ Not all are great, and many are a bit dense for a high school audience as they are, but you can easily adapt them, pulling out what you’d like to hit on.

      The great thing about Star Wars is it gives you so much to play with. You can really discuss a lot and, in using movies to do it, you get the kids to look more closely at the media they consume too.

      I’m excited Gary! You’ll have to keep me posted on how this comes together for you! Also, good luck on your master’s as well. As always, I’ll be praying for you!


      1. Thanks Bro. Oh. In all the fab fiction I assumed you and Hannah were a team. I am actually counting on that for two other Star Wars pieces that are female heavy. Not ready yet to get that idea for you but soon. I am so excited about doing all of this but I have to pace myself. I have a ton of ideas it’s just making use of time with family, school, etc. You know what I mean.

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      2. Yep, balance is everything…but it’s tricky to find! Or, rather, perhaps it’s more tricky to hold on to. But we can’t lose sight of it. As to the writing, I actually do the fan fiction posts with Kalie! And, when it comes to balance, she’s deep in the middle of her PhD work right now so it’s tricky. However, with the right amount of lead time, we could probably set something up. It would be fun.


  5. Interesting to learn how Han “paints the Falcon matte black and roams the galaxy without direction” following Chewie’s demise.
    I knew our fave nerfherder would get killed off in TFA, but it was almost SCANDALOUS that Chewie was NOT allowed to mourn for his Corellian buddy. Didn’t realise how much I loved th ol’ Wookiee until seeing how th 2 recent movies just neglected to write for him 😦
    Playlists for SW characters? Intriguing! No ballads about moofmilkers, alas. (Probably just as well…)
    Named th most recent Fartlighter Bradventure after arguably Han’s Best Line from TFA:
    “Great, kid, don’t get cocky!”

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    1. Yeah, I’ve been really disappointed with how they’ve handled Chewie. He was alright in parts of TFA but he was almost unrecognizable as a character to me in TLJ. Chewie is more than just a lovable fuzzy guy who growls. He has heart and character and there is NO WAY he’d sit there and not even look at Luke as Luke mopes and Rey does all the talking. Chewie would have chewed him out and gotten down to business. Nor would Chewie have just ignored Kylo Ren – both as Han’s son and the one who killed him. Just because they have a guy in a Wookie suit doesn’t make it Chewbacca…

      I’ve no faith for the upcoming ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ either. In fact, I’m not going to go see it. I’m happy for the people who are excited but I see nothing there to even remotely catch my interest. So my ticket money will go to a movie I actually want to see. Just stamping “Star Wars” on the title doesn’t make it a Star Wars film nor is it enough to convince me to go see it.

      Okay, rant over :). Sorry I got so angsty! But I take Chewie very seriously. I love that guy!

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      1. No apologies necessary, amigo.
        No faith in th Solo movie either.
        No news about th writer(s) and absolutely no confidence in th lead role’s casting.
        Th lack of character development is just one aspect about TLJ that unsettled me… and still does (still no 2nd viewing…)
        Our favourite “walking carpet” has been out of our way for too long.
        When it came to compiling Brad’s Badass Brigade, I deliberately selected Chewie over Han. And I have no regrets.
        I love that guy too…

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  6. Isn’t it always strange how adaptations do things differently than books? Deaths should definitely be the same, but they are not. This is why I only watch shows unlinked to books.

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    1. What’s weird with Star Wars is they are, technically, two totally different stories, (This is going to get VERY nerdy so you can tag out now if you want :D.) So George Lucas did the Original Trilogy, right? Then in 1991, authors started “continuing the story” of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and company in novels and comics with the Expanded Universe. Then Lucas did his Prequel Trilogy and the novels and comics did their best to flow around that. Well in 2012 Disney bought Lucasfilm, said they were (obviously) making new Star Wars stories, and declared the EU “not canon.” Then the Disney Canon was born and they’ve created their own stories (in their own films, novels, and comics) going forward from ‘Return Of The Jedi,’ replacing hundreds of EU novels, comics, and games as the new “official” story.

      Star Wars has essentially become a “choose-your-own-adventure” series as there are many different forms the narrative takes and we, as fans, can pick what speaks to us.

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      1. Sounds like those stupid books I couldn’t stand at the age of 8 that my sister loved. Anyway, I haven’t seen anything past The Force Awakens, because they got horrible reviews. Now my fiancee lived them but said, Disney, changed the Star Wars Universe. Even still, he still liked them. I did not like The Force Awakens. I barely liked the prequels. I’m really picky.

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      2. Haha, I loved those books! Ryan North writes them now, for adults, and they’re based on Shakespeare plays. When I was playing as Juliet and the final line of the story I’d followed had me cradling Romeo’s dying body as he looked up at me to say, “Don’t let the ninjas win” I knew the book was my kind of book :).

        I go in waves with Disney’s changes. (I bet your finacee is talking about the EU! Yay!) I always go to the movies/pick up the novel, want to get excited about it, find a way to do so…and then slowly start to resent it because the movies/novels aren’t as good as Lucas’ work and the novels I read growing up. I’ve reached the crotchety old man phase of my Star Wars love. Now I just try to take what Disney offers for what it’s worth – although I still haven’t seen (nor do I have any desire to see) ‘Solo.’

        But I am a HUGE Prequels apologist. I love them as I do the Original Trilogy! All Lucas does is gold for me. So, obviously, I’d say you’re not missing anything by passing on the new movies ;).

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  7. I find it fascinating how many storylines Star Wars seems to have! It does complicate the idea of “official canon” since there seem to multiple official canons, regardless of how head canons play out. That being said, I do have friends who were upset by The Force Awakens because they preferred the books. (I don’t know which books because I am sadly uninformed when it comes to Star Wars.)

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    1. What’s fascinating/discouraging is how they’ve weaponized the idea of “canon” for profit. Disney made this big to-do about how their official canon would connect EVERYTHING – from the films to the elementary readers – in one perfectly harmonious story. Of course that can’t happen and it hasn’t. It’s too big a story to hold on to in all those directions when you’re expanding it across multiple media at once. But it didn’t stop “hardcore fans” (re: fans with the most disposable income and fewer other interests) from trying to buy and read/see everything. All “canon” is in Star Wars, really, is a marketing tool anymore.

      If your friends were upset with ‘The Force Awakens,’ I’d bet they (like me) prefer the Expanded Universe novels. They started in 1991 and carried the story on after ‘Return Of The Jedi.’ Disney tossed those storylines (fairly, I’d say) so they could tell their own stories without being tied to decades of continuity. Should you ever want to try a Star Wars novel, Timothy Zahn’s ‘Heir To The Empire’ is the place to start. It’s just about perfect. If not, then you don’t have to worry about arguing over which is better and your life will be more Zen ;).


  8. I am actually one of those kids who grew up with the prequels, I didn’t watch the original films until after i had watched all the prequels, and as you can imagine they failed to leave much of an impression on me. I just thought they were ok films. As a consequence I don’t take Star War as seriously as some do and I barely spend any time thinking of it. I saw TFA and honestly, didn’t like it one teeny bit. It just didn’t capture my interest or emotions, and I happen to despise Rey. After TFA I didn’t bother watching any of the newer movies.

    This just goes to show that what you said about head canon is ultimately correct, as while millions of people diehard love Star Wars and praise it to high heavens, I experienced in a different manner and so my perception of it is different as well. It’s very interesting to ponder these ideas, because nowadays, due to the increased focus on Superhero Universes more stories are becoming like Star Wars’ ‘choose your own adventure’. I am not a comic reader but some of my friends are diehard Marvel Comic fans and for them, they read the comics first so some them prefer the comics storyline over the Avenger’ etc.

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    1. I’m a HUGE Prequels apologist :). ‘The Phantom Menace’ came out when I was in 10th grade and it was the first “new” Star Wars movie I could see in the theatre! I’ve always loved it. (I did see the Special Edition re-releases of the Original Trilogy in the theatre in 1997.) That left an impact on me, just as seeing ‘The Force Awakens’ did for my students…even if I don’t get it. There’s something special about that cinematic experience, I think.

      I appreciate what you said about the Prequels not catching your imagination because I’ve had dozens of conversations with my friend Jeff about how to introduce a newbie to Star Wars – do you go IV, V, VI, I, II, III or I, II, III, IV, V, VI? For a looooong time I championed the latter. But when I introduced my girlfriend Kalie to Star Wars (and when Hannah and I had to settle on how to teach them in class) the “classic” order prevailed. I think ‘A New Hope’ just grabs people more effectively. So while I’m sad you didn’t get to fall in love with Star Wars the way I did, I appreciate your helping to prove my point :). Thanks!

      On the comic note, I find it easier to handle the differences there. I’ve loved comics since I was four and have seen all the MCU films in the theatre but I see the Marvel comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are “different universes,” as it were. So I don’t expect them to be identical and I (sometimes) have different expectations for them (kind of). Star Wars however, for better or worse, has always tried to maintain (with varying degrees of success over the years) one big connected story. That can get convoluted and exhausting to try and keep track of.


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