CNET posted an interview with Mashable deputy editor Chris Taylor about his future book How Star Wars Conquered the Universe. It will be a deep dive into the culture that created the Star Wars phenomenon. In forty-five minutes on IM, Taylor gives the impression he’s a student and a fan of the franchise. He also includes the Expanded Universe in his analysis. When asked “What was it about “Star Wars” that made this all possible?” he responded:
Then all of a sudden there’s this epic fairy tale that says, with the first words, this has nothing to do with us or our future. It’s complete escapism, so relax. So it had carte blanche to be optimistic and naive, a huge relief in the post-Vietnam era.
Interestingly, we’re entering another post-war era, with troops returning home in large numbers from the Middle East. So here’s to hoping Star Wars taps into the magic formula again.
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