What is going on with Fandom these days? I swear it’s like watching Team Jacob and Team what’s-his-butt duke it out over fan superiority. You see the words “True Fan” being spouted off by kids who are probably too young to even get what the term once was.
I mean one minute we had 3 movies, then 6, then 9, then some tv shows. And along the way Star Wars- both Expanded Universe and George’s “Vision” – have been evolving.
Some self described “True Fans” would say the titles for those who only liked the Original Trilogy, or only Georges “vision” Call them the “Visionaries” or the “Movie Purest” and even though not every fan fits into one of these lame new “LABELS” it continues. You have your “EU fanatics” Your “Obsessed Fanboys” those who would rather George get his hands out of the box – these ones get the “Hater” label a LOT I notice.
You have the “Mando’ade” and the “Clone Wars elite”. Who are at war over the “real story” behind the Mandalorians.
I mean in a Galaxy that should have room for everything it’s as at war as it’s title amongst fans. Fandom is almost at a civil war!
Ok so a CIVIL WAR in Fandom is highly unlikely since most fans can’t agree about anything. Oh sure we can agree about plenty, but at the core- each fan has their own outlook on what it should have been.
Take Jar Jar.
No Seriously TAKE HIM!!
I am one of those fans who would love to see Jar Jar get deleted from the saga. And yet others love him. From an author stand point Karen Traviss’s Star Wars works are a lot like Jar Jar- you either LOVE them, HATE them, or like them only so far.
Which is funny- since Karen is the one who’s recent contributions have made the fandom divides more etched out. Then there is the recent “True Fans” statements about the Mandalorians, which would be safer to say a “True EU Fan” since the Mandalorians have factored as a MAJOR element only in the EU, the movies and tv shows have left the Mandalorians a small thing.
Is it not loving Star Wars in ANY form that makes you a True Fan? Heck I’d say a TRUE FAN is a person not afraid to admit their love for a fictional universe in public, or were Star Wars t-shirts almost daily, or have a Star Wars Book in their hand everyday.
“Sorry kid, you were born after the tv shows” or “Aren’t you a little young to remember drive ins??”
I mean we have enough things going on here- you’ve got different ends of a timeline where all sorts of events range depending on the era one lived, beyond that you have the whole vision thing- whose vision of Star Wars do you enjoy most? What characters do you most enjoy?
I say lets focus on the things that are cool. Oh wait can’t do that either cause we ALL can’t agree. Can we?
Quick show of hands: Who liked Darth Maul? Who hated him?
See even there- someone hates him.
So lets just keep the label simple- do you like Star Wars or don’t you?
No more drawing lines, you either take the good with the bad for better or worse or you don’t.
I’m sick of division in Fandom, I read Star Wars to escape political bs not to walk into more labels. I thought Uber-Geek was the last title I’d have beyond Jedi.
I mean call yourself a ‘True Fan’ all day long, that’s fine, just don’t say someone else isn’t one because their outlook on Star Wars differs then yours. To each their own.
Well I’m done ranting about this: May the Force be with us, for we’re already making things interesting…..