George Lucas’s References

Someone on Reddit did something worthwhile and compiled a list of reference books and novels seen in the background of an old web doc on George Lucas writing TPM (“All I Need Is An Idea”).

The books are a very interesting mix of child psychology, gnosticism, folklore, science fiction novels, and mythology, plus basic reference material.

Here’s the webdoc:

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9 Responses to “George Lucas’s References”

  1. Jim Raynor Says:

    Nice find! I’ve long maintained that the Prequels contain some real insights into psychology and human relationships. It’s impressive whenever someone does their homework like this, even when writing pulpy scifi adventures.

    This is what I respect about Lucas’s creative process. He drew upon sommuch for inspiration. In contrast, far too many people seem to only draw upon his Original Trilogy.

  2. Keith Palmer Says:

    I’ve taken note of the books glimpsed in this behind-the-scenes video myself, although I might have fixated on the copy of “Galactic Patrol” among the mix, given I’ve seen a reference or two from science fiction fans back in 1977 intent on identifying Star Wars as “as close as cinema can get to E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith’s saga” and wrote an essay on that topic myself… Of late, I’ve been just as interested in the references to other movies being pointed out, but these references are still important too.

  3. susanbowess Says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    I remember that video. He was watching Buster Keaton movies. Three guesses what character he was writing.

  5. Hoggle Says:

    GL’s six certainly have some profoundness in how they took on a life of their own in coming together to form a type of philosophical dialectic from their PT influences cool 8)

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  7. Frida Nyberg Says:

    Watching this makes me kind of sad.
    He had no idea what he was in for, the avalance of hate so bad that he was virtually bullied out of his own creation.

    Just because the creator did what he wanted with HIS movies.

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