Has anyone here experienced Star Wars burn out?

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  1. Zsinj16

    Zsinj16 New Member

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    Heaven knows I certainly have!!! You see, before I started reading other sci-fi novels and fantasy novels, the Star Wars novels were the only novels I read!! I watched the Star Wars Trilogy practically one every month!!
    Then, I began reading fantasy novels and plus I found out that there's more excellent and more sophisticated sci-fi novels and sci-fi space-opera novels out there besides the Star Wars ones. So now I'm reading other things than Star Wars, and honestly, I'm going through a Star Wars burn-out stage right now, so I'm kind of tired of Star Wars for now. I imagine I'll start back into Star Wars fandom again someday, but I fear it's not going to be anytime soon. Sure, I'm excited about Episode II, but not as excited as I was when I was a hardcore SW fan. To tell you the truth, I'm more excited about seeing "LOTR: The Two Towers", than I am with seeing Star Wars Episode II, which is probably true with just about everyone, because, from what I've seen, the LOTR movies have made a much bigger impression than the Star Wars movies.
    So, has anyone on this board experienced Star Wars burn-out, like I have?
     
  2. DarthV

    DarthV Sith Lord

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    I can relate... I still have the entire X-Wing series and a few of the New Jedi Order novels to read as well. I picked up the EP I DVD the day it was released... still haven't watched the whole thing yet! Maybe I'm just jaded because Lucas won't release the original movies on DVD until he's finished EP III. Argggg

    And I think I'm more excited about seeing the new Spider-man movie than EP II or Two Towers!
     
  3. Alai

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    Infidels! You can't abbandon Star Wars! Never!
    Star Wars is the very essance of life. It's sacred as the life of all living things togheter. Know that once you have taken the step to the Dark Side of nonstarwars there is no return for your lost souls!

    Perhaps this would fit in the fanatics thread...
     
  4. Killer Chicken

    Killer Chicken Head of the Chicken Mafia

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    Hey, no one knows me on this forum, but I post occasionally. Zsinj, I know exactly how you feel. You took the words right out of my mouth. I used to love Star Wars and read only SW books. I loved them to no end. I still own over sixty of them and still buy them occasionally. But after finding a new and better genre *fantasy* I can never go back. And by the way, I think that Lucas is going to end the galaxy in The New Jedi Order. I think they will end once he releases episode three and the Vong will have conquered the galaxy and everyone will be dead. Just my prediction.
     
  5. Alai

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    As I have said before. This thread is filled with evil infidels. I will bring this matter before the jedi counsil and we shall clense this place once and for all!!!
     
  6. LeMort

    LeMort Registered User

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    Ah, Star Wars...

    I loved it as a kid, but the endless merchandising (including the books) and the new, shoddy prequels has really diluted the franchise.

    If only they'd just made the original trilogy and left it at that, as it is I can't care less about Star Wars.
     
  7. Cadfael

    Cadfael Guest

    Okay... it could also be the case as you are getting older your reading taste is maturing... I know there are some Star Wars fans over the age of 16, and I am not having a poke at them.
     
  8. asimovian

    asimovian Aspiring Smart Arse

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    Star Wars burnout ? Oh yes, definitely.
    When I saw the first S.W. movie I was fascinated, I stayed to watch it a second time. I saw it a third time not long after that. I was hooked ! I went to see its sequel too (where Harrison Ford gets frozen) but there already - or was it in the third sequel ? - I felt that special effects (which were admittedly fantastic) were taking precedence over plot and characterization, which I get the impression now were actually not much more than an excuse for preying on the archetypes living in our minds... and I don't even remember if I ever saw the third sequel...
    As for the novelizations, never once did the thought of reading one of them cross my mind. Had the novels been written before the movies were made, I would probably have read them, but as it is, they are bound to be of lesser quality than the movie, as they were only written because the movie was such a huge success.
    Same as with Clarke's 2001 : A Space Odyssey. I never read the book, because it was written after the movie .
     
  9. Raisuli

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    Actually Clarke's novelisation of '2001' appeared before the movie's premiere. If anyone is confused or curious about what the film is about, I'd recommend picking up Clarke's novel. Kubrick did everything possible to make the movie vague and ambiguous.
     
  10. Raisuli

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    I started reading SF/Fantasy with the original Star Wars movie novelisations and spin-offs by Alan Dean Foster and Brian Daley. But I've no desire to read any of the newer books. I think that the dreaded 'unending merchandising potential of a long running series' is rearing its head with the New Jedi Order books.
     
  11. Keyoke

    Keyoke King of the Lurkers.

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    Since the topic is about Star Wars, I just want to give a friendly suggestion that in case someone wants to reveal something about Attack of Clones, use Spoiler warnings please. [​IMG]

    Not everyone has seen it yet.

    Keyoke

    [This message has been edited by Keyoke (edited May 17, 2002).]
     
  12. asimovian

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    Raisuli,

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    Actually Clarke's novelisation of '2001' appeared before the movie's premiere.
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    Are you sure ? I read that the book was written after the movie. Maybe it's just my interpretation, but I thought that the movie was *not* based on a book by A.C. Clarke but on an original script, and the book was inspired by this script - ok, maybe it was written and published before the movie was finished, but I think the book was definitely written *after* the fact - the conception, the script, of the movie.

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    If anyone is confused or curious about what the film is about, I'd recommend picking up Clarke's novel. Kubrick did everything possible to make the movie vague and ambiguous.
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    Yes, there as an unreal and weird quality about the movie, especially after the part where Hal, the computer gets "crazy".
    Also, some questions never got answered, like for example, who were the original beings who left the stone ?
     
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    It's taken u this long to realise.
     
  14. Raisuli

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    To: Asimovian

    Yes, what I meant was that Clarke's novel was not an original book, but was the result of the screenplay. I misundertood your point about its release in your post. The original inspiration for '2001' was Clarke's short story 'The Sentinel'.

    Well you won't find answers to HAL's behaviour and who the aliens were in the novelisation. HAL is explained in '2010'. The aliens never really are explained.

    Back to Star Wars. I agree with Alai. We must cease ANY criticism at once. The consequences are too horrible to contemplate otherwise. Do you want to face an enraged Yoda after seeing Episode II?!!!!!!
    (It's difficult to type with your tongue in your cheek though.)
     
  15. asimovian

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    fluffy bunny, you are not serious !
    Do you really think that because I am mentioning it *now*, I realized it only *now* ?
     
  16. asimovian

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    Raisuli,

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    The original inspiration for '2001' was Clarke's short story 'The Sentinel'.
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    Ah.

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    Well you won't find answers to HAL's behaviour and who the aliens were in the novelisation. HAL is explained in '2010'. The aliens never really are explained.
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    Oh, I can't be bothered anymore now. It's too long ago.

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    Back to Star Wars. I agree with Alai. We must cease ANY criticism at once. The consequences are too horrible to contemplate otherwise. Do you want to face an enraged Yoda after seeing Episode II?!!!!!!
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    You are right. Anyone who has seen Episode II will look at Yoda with renewed respect !
    And BTW, I saw it two days ago, and I was surprised ; it's really good - certainly as good, if not better, as the very first S.W. movie (partly due to meanwhile much more sophisticated special effects).
    But I feel that if the first movie was for grown-up children, this one is much more for grown-ups and much less for children ; there have been a few moments which are really not suited for tender souls... I think you know what I am talking about. This movie is, in a very Additionally, the first movie had a feel of adventure to it ; Episode II by comparison is dead-serious. The occasional slightly ridiculous-looking alien won't change this.
    But then, between the two episodes about 27 years have elapsed, and young people have had ample time to get used to ultra-realistically imagined violence through computer games. The audience may be listening, but it is not the same anymore...
     
  17. asimovian

    asimovian Aspiring Smart Arse

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    Raisuli, I would like to correct myself :

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    Additionally, the first movie had a feel of adventure to it ; Episode II by comparison is dead-serious. The occasional slightly ridiculous-looking alien won't change this.
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    Of course Episode II is an adventure too, and an extremely fast-paced one. What I should have said is : the first SW movie was much more a fairy-tale ; this one has a much more realistic feel.
     
  18. Shef

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    Right on Asmovian.
    I could not agree more with this statement. Yeah, Episode II is not as character driven as the origanal. But, the wow factor, of the special effects overrides most of the shoddy dialect and acting that plagues some points of the film.

    As for the Star Wars burn out. I am beginning to be tainted by this. I am still faithfully trudging through the New Jedi Order series. But where as before I would read a book three or four times, I am now more than satisfied with a single serving. Well that is my two bits. :p
     
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    Years ago. It started with my first philosophy book, and then I started reading the Dislocated Fiction columns and it all went to hell. Alongside that, I did, as someone pointed out, grow out of it. At 21, my mind has higher requirements than any Star Wars book can provide.

    But I'll still be buying Mat Stover's book - I have to support the High Muckety Muck of Smartasses.
     
  20. Ogg

    Ogg Caldazar is my Daddy ;)

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    Women and beer! What Star Wars book could provide that, huh??