7 Reasons to Give 'Star Wars' a Try, Even If You Hate Sci-Fi and Space

'Star Wars' should always get a pass. Here's why.

I’m a Star Wars fan. I wouldn’t say I’m an obsessive Star Wars fan, as in I don’t go to Comic Con decked out in a Princess Leia costume, but when I got married, my lingerie was Star Wars, our recessional song was “The Imperial March” (as is my phone ringer), and our macaron tower topper was Han Solo and Princess Leia. Also, in my ideal world, I’d live on Endor with Ewoks, because those little buddies know how to party.

So, no, I’m not obsessive, but I am a fan… of the first three in particular, the great ones from the ‘70s and 80’s. The ones that followed, with all their updated, computerized fanciness, aren’t my scene.

I’d also like to point out that I loathe science fiction in general, like can’t stand the genre, but Star Wars gets a pass. Maybe it’s nostalgia. Actually, Blade Runner gets a pass, too, but that has everything to do with the fact that Han Solo is in it.

Why is Star Wars so great? Um, because it is! But here are seven things to convince you, you know, in case you need convincing. And because The Force Awakens opens soon and you won't be able to escape it anyway.

1.Han Solo is the ideal man.

7 Reasons to Give 'Star Wars' a Try, Even If You Hate Sci-Fi and Space

For starters, he’s gorgeous. Like the type of gorgeous that’s almost unfair. Secondly, he’s a member of the Rebel Alliance, and who doesn’t love a rebel? His best friend is also a Wookiee, which means holidays will never be without oodles of entertainment, considering how Chewbacca talks. Lastly, although I could go on and on here, but I’ll spare you, he’s Star Wars’ answer to Mr. Darcy, as in Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. The chemistry between he and Princess Leia is undeniable, but similar to Mr. Darcy he plays it cool, just adding to the suspense of will they or won’t they finally get together. JUST LIKE LIZZIE AND MR. DARCY.

2. It’s a lesson in love.

If we subtract the somewhat creepy aspect of Luke Skywalker and Leia’s, well, interesting relationship before they know they’re siblings, once they do realize it, their bond is unbreakable. There’s also the love between Leia and Han that should definitely be atop your list of relationship goals. And then there’s the relationship between Luke and his father, Darth Vader. Despite having gone over to the Dark Side, Darth Vader saves Luke’s life. Why? Because that’s what good dads do when they love their kid.

 

3. It’s takes place in a galaxy far, faraway.

7 Reasons to Give 'Star Wars' a Try, Even If You Hate Sci-Fi and Space

In this galaxy there are Ewoks, Jabba the Hut (although he’s such a jerk), Salacious B. Crumb, Jar Jar Binks (sooo annoying), Wookiees, tauntauns, banthas, rancors, and so much more! It’s an animal lovers’ dream!

4. It’s mind-boggling creative.

As I said, I am not a science fiction fan at all, but I am a fan of creativity. The Star Wars world is a complicated universe with so many pieces and characters, that I’m stunned that anyone could come up with all of it. I don’t know what it looks like in George Lucas’ brain, and maybe I don’t want to, but it must be utterly fantastic, and probably a bit scary, too.

5. The fashion is out of this world. Literally.

7 Reasons to Give 'Star Wars' a Try, Even If You Hate Sci-Fi and Space

If you can’t look at Leia’s Danish-ear hairdo and not think, “Now that’s something awesome,” then you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Also, the Stormtroopers uniforms are super slick, updated versions of medieval armor, and, let’s be honest, while he may only have one outfit, Han’s getup is pretty hot. Luke's is cool, too, but Han's is way better. 

6. It gave us so many quotes that have become common place in our vernacular.  

When was the last time you heard someone say, “Luke, I am your father?” My father just said to me yesterday, “Mandy, I am your father.” We also have, and I won’t be listing them all, because whoa: Yoda’s “Do. Or do not. There is no try,” Obi-Wan Kenobi’s “In my experience there is no such thing as luck,” Padmé Amidala’s “So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause,” Darth Vader’s “The Force is strong with this one,” and Leia’s adorable insult she threw at Han, “Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder.” If you're not using these phrases on a daily basis, you're missing out. 

7. It’s a pop cultural phenomenon.

7 Reasons to Give 'Star Wars' a Try, Even If You Hate Sci-Fi and Space

Star Wars, even if you don’t love it, changed movie making in many ways. It introduced us to characters and scenarios that had never been seen before on screen. It was groundbreaking at the time and has charmed millions and millions of people the world over. It has become an iconic film in a way that 99 percent of the other films out there never will. Simply, it’s great. Also, Han Solo, you guys; HAN SOLO FTW.

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