Posts Tagged ‘SW Prequel Appreciation Day’

Happy Prequel Pride Day/Prequel Appreciation Day

May 19, 2018

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Also TPM’s 19th anniversary and ROTS’s 13th!

2017: The Year The Prequels Have The High Ground?

May 1, 2017

Two recent completely organic events occurred that took the media, the suits at Lucasfilm and Disney, fandom, and the world in general by surprise:

One was the creation of /r/prequelmemes on Reddit. At last count there are now over 187,000 subscribers and it has attracted quite a bit of media attention. This subreddit was created in January. In addition there are many “sith posting” pages on Facebook with a lot of prequel memes.

The other was the “shocking” reception Hayden Christensen received last month when he attended his first Celebration in 15 years. Not only was he warmly greeted with a huge standing ovation at the 40th anniversary panel, his autograph and photo op sessions sold out faster than any other Celebration guest in the history of the convention. New sessions were added and those sold out too, with another batch of tickets (i.e. Hayden signing longer) added at the last minute at the convention. This was in addition to interviews with Hayden on the Star Wars Live show and the honored chance to shoot t-shirts at con-goers gathered around the stage inside the exhibition hall. Somebody at Collider even jokingly called SWCO Hayden Con.

Both of these events shattered a long-held myth that “everybody hates the prequels” I’ve been trying to break for years.   Neither of them though just happened out of nowhere.  While I’ve been Sisyphus here for almost 10 years, it’s really only over the last few that events have slowly started to turn in our favor.

 

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One factor is simply people who grew up with the prequels are finally comfortable expressing their love for the films online.   Maybe it’s also teens who had grown up watching the prequels on t.v. without prejudice along with watching The Clone Wars.  The perception of not being the only one anymore always emboldens more fans to make themselves known. Haters, trolls, and bashers no longer have comment sections to themselves.

Another factor is that over the past couple of years, we’ve finally had independent works exploring the intricacies of the films.  “The Star Wars Heresies,” The Ring Theory, and “The Prequels Strike Back” have encouraged those who were always fans of the films and helped some doubters change their minds and look at the prequels in a new light.

Finally I think having new films come out have given people something to compare the prequels to that’s not the storied OT and maybe for some of them, they realize Lucas’s influence was important after all.  Not to say there aren’t prequel fans who are pleased with Disney’s offerings so far.  A lot are.  If anything I’ve noticed this happening mostly among those who didn’t like the prequels or were kind of lukewarm about them.

Don’t get me wrong though; it’s not time yet to pack up everything and call it a day.  Geek media still has a ways to go even though there are signs their tone toward the prequels is changing.  SWCO did more to acknowledge the prequels than previous Celebrations have this decade but the prequel trilogy were the only Star Wars films not screened at the show.  Clone Wars is still off the air.  Everybody tends to forget Padme is an actual Star Wars character.  There’s still a dearth (darth?) of prequel apparel and collectibles from licensed sources.

Companies as a whole take a very long time to change and if they’re just noticing now fans still have a love for the prequels, it will take years for their output to reflect it.  It will take a long time to convince retailers fans want this stuff. That’s why I have no problem buying independently-produced fashions from Elhoffer Designs, Redbubble, TeePublic, George Shot First, and the like.  Not only do fans have to ask for what they want, they have to show people what their interests are.

Which gets me to Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day 2017.  It’s not just my thing anymore, so I suspect other prequel fans will carry on as usual on May 19 but since it is the 15th anniversary of AOTC (which was not acknowledged at SWCO), SWPAS is celebrating it on MAY 16, 15 years to the day it was unleashed upon the world!  For prequel appreciation day, I want all prequel fans around the world to #ShowYourPrequelPride.  I don’t care if it’s with memes, collections, stuff you wear, or viewing parties, etc., just show everyone you’re a loud ‘n proud prequel fan.  And use this handy dandy hashtag with whatever social media you use!

Beginning tomorrow I will for the next 15 days post about AOTC, leading up to May 16.  Stay tuned!

It’s Coming: Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day 2016

May 18, 2016

I’m already getting links! So if you have them done already, go ahead and send them. I will post everything on Friday.

Reminder: Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day is Tuesday!

May 15, 2015

Just a reminder: Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day is THIS TUESDAY.

I need your stories/favorite memories of spring/summer 2005 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of ROTS. Send ’em to swpasadmin@gmail.com or submit via the SWPAS Facebook page. You never know what surprise may come to folks who send in their stories, hint hint.

Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day 5/19/15!

May 5, 2015

When? May 19, 2015

The occasion? Celebrating 10 years of ROTS

The festivities? I’d like everyone to submit their favorite memories from the summer of 2005 (and no, I don’t mean Tom Cruise jumping on a couch) and on May 19, I will post them all! (Send to SWPASadmin@gmail.com or post on the SWPAS Facebook page between now and May 19).

Other surprises to be announced!

Thanks Everyone!

May 20, 2014

Thanks for another successful Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day. Just yesterday the Facebook page picked up hundreds of likes, bringing it now to over 2400. Not bad given I hardly pimped the page anywhere, heh heh. I do think though it is a sign that prequel fans on social media are finding each other.

Which gets to my next point. I believe this is the first time that I’ve seen many other fan sites, Twitter accounts, and pages celebrate Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day: Jedi News, Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars Underworld, and Hayden Fan News for starters. Also it helped that it was the 15th anniversary of TPM’s release as well as ROTS’s 9th anniversary. Lots of nice things were posted, many of which I retweeted on @lazypadawan.

Next year marks ROTS’s 10th anniversary and there will be much rejoicing.

I was going to do a graphics contest but didn’t have time to set it up yet. So, I’ll have the contest sometime in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled!

Happy Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day

May 18, 2014

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Obligatory Happy May the 4th

May 4, 2014

As a Star Wars fan site, I am obliged to say, “Happy May the 4th” (though to me “Star Wars Day” is really May 25).

In spite of all of the wacky commercialism, it’s important to remember the true reason for the season…it begins the countdown to May 19, Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day 2014! The theme: celebrating 15 years of TPM!

The Contest

May 19, 2013

Here is this year’s Prequel Appreciation Day contest: Six Degrees Of Prequel Alumni.

The grand prize is a $25 gift card from Amazon.com.

It’s hard to come up with trivia that you can’t just find via Google.
Rules first:

1. Contest is open as of 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and CLOSES 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

2. Contest is open only to those in the U.S. and Canada, otherwise I think the prize is kinda worthless. Sorry international peeps.

3. ENTRIES MUST BE E-MAILED TO SWPASADMIN@GMAIL.COM. DO NOT POST ANSWERS HERE OR ON FACEBOOK.

4. The winner will be the 1) first person to get answers correct AND 2) has the fewest connections. As soon as I figure that out, I will announce the winner ;). At that point I will contact the winner to mail that person the prize.

Here’s what you have to do. Connect the following prequel stars with the other star, using six people or less. (Look up the Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon game if you don’t know what I’m talking about.) You can only use people who have acted with your connection, not just dated someone or is married to someone. Also, do not use directors unless the director acted in the film as well. Ditto for producers, composures, visual effects people, etc..

You must do all five of these:

1. Samuel L. Jackson –> Kevin Bacon
2. Ewan McGregor –> Jimmy Stewart
3. Natalie Portman –> Audrey Hepburn
4. Hayden Christensen –> Sterling Hayden
5. Liam Neeson –> John Wayne

I’ve tested them and they all “work.” Good luck!

Happy Prequel Appreciation Day 2013!

May 19, 2013

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Today’s theme is what do you appreciate the most about the prequel trilogy? (I’ve posted the same question on Facebook). My answer is that it gave me another chance to experience the excitement of Star Wars.