First up is A Brief History Of Prequel Bashing Or Why We Can’t Have Nice Things…it was originally posted on December 14 but I wasn’t aware of it until today:
If there had not been an Internet community back in 1999 when The Phantom Menace arrived, I am firmly convinced that the received attitude towards the prequel trilogy would be completely different. Without the rot of groupthink to shape and amplify negativity, individual criticisms of the films would have remained overshadowed by the abundant virtues in the films. While there were always fans of the prequels from the start, as new generations of Star Wars fans have grown up in a world with both the original films and the prequels, increasingly we are seeing that these new fans do not distinguish between the trilogies and are often shocked when they first join the online world and discover such hatred for the prequels.
My only quibble with the blog post is his criticism of the romance in AOTC. I knew exactly what Lucas was aiming for and I loved it. So there.
An online comics writer/artist posted Life After Star Wars. I’ll inform you in advance that this guy was not too fond of TFA but that’s not the point of his piece nor is that opinion the reason why I’m linking to it. Chances are if you read this page you’ll be able to relate to what he’s saying. I did tell him privately there are more of us out there than he’d think.
The weird thing in my mind was always “This man gave us this thing we claim to love so much, Star Wars. Who are we to tell him what he should do with it, or that it even belongs to us.” It isn’t ours. It never was. We are confusing our memories, or how we felt the first time we saw the A New Hope, with that of ownership. We own those memories, and not the story that gave them to us. Those stories belong to the creator first and foremost. It doesn’t mean anyone has to like it, but if you don’t it is time to move on and let go of that personal attachment to what you think belongs to you and doesn’t. The prequels are done, and made, and they are forever part of the lore of Star Wars.