I am pretty mad right now. You see, when I was younger I never happened to catch The Star Wars like so many of others did. Sure, I was aware of it quite a bit, and had heard OF it a lot. As a kid there were plenty of times when bullys would punish me whith wiffle-bats that they pretended were light-sabers, and I would always get drafted to play a Speeder-biker or an Ewok when everyone else got to be main-characters. Obviously these things left a bad taste in my mouth about the Star Wars. I started getting my parents to buy me the action-figures and vehicles, and that brought plenty of kids over to my house, and people THOUGHT I had seen it because I had quite a collection.
So when I finally saw some of the novels at the library, I gave-in and picked up the first in the series. It completely captivated me and made me realize exactly what was going on, and I didn't even HAVE to see the movie. I moved on to the next 2 books shortly after, and now reading them has become a yearly tradition for me. I was enthralled by the Socio-Political struggles and the in-depth character building so much in fact that I began to realize something. That something truly this special would be significantly weakened by condensing them into 3 ridiculously short Hollywood-style movies. The concept of these movies is just laughable to me that they would even TRY something like this. I therefore established "The Anti Star-Wars Movie Movement".
You may be asking "Howard, how does this relate to me and my life?". The answer is simple. The Star Wars can be a very good, safe, family friendly read. You can picture whatever you want. You can imagine imagine ANYONE you want for ANY character in the book. Luke Skywalker could be a Jesus Christ figure (not literaly of course). There are many good moral lessons that could be like proverbs (again, not literaly) for a more modern youth. The movies are very graphic (from what I hear) and could destroy this more wholesome, meaningful approach.
You see, when I read the novels I have very vivid pictures of what certain space-ships, monsters or planets look like, and the best part is that I can imagine whatever actors I want playing the main-characters. I obviously imagine myself as Luke because I feel that I really capture the character well (especially in the 3rd book). My best picks for the other characters is how I visualize Han-Solo as being Patrick Swayze. He has that dashing charisma that the character MUST have. I imagine Darth-Vader's voice as this guy Lance I know who is a real bully-type just like the character. Another one I have is harder to explain but I will try. I chose my dog Morris to be Chewbacca, but now he is 8 feet tall and can stand on 2 legs. If an element of the story is too hard to imagine, that is the ONLY time I will accept an out-side influence and refer to my action-figures. But as you see, no matter how you imagine it, it's harmless. I did by accident see an interview on tv when Episode II came out in theaters. It had the actor that played Qui-Gon-Gin saying "I'm just glad I wasn't one of the aliens that looked like he had (female anatomy) on his fore-head. You do not know how shocked I was. I checked and made sure I wasn't watching some sort of spoof-show. No, this was a bonafide movie-interview. If things like THAT are going on in the movie, I will DEFINATELY take my cast. Yes, sir.
In conclusion, if you haven't seen the movies yet then STAY FAR AWAY from them. Keep your childeren away from them. This is a great story that we can enjoy and learn from if we keep our minds blank from the attacks of Holly-Wood on our senses. Join me in my movement.
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