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Star Wars | Why I Love it

There are a few genres and franchises that in life we hold dear, Films, Tv, Games all sorts, in the filming world there’s a few that stand out LOTR, Marvel, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park etc, and Star Wars. The franchise is older than me (just) but for me, it’s been around my whole life, at this point I’ve seen all of the films several times, the TV series’s with the exception of the Mandalorian Series, this kicks off a new era of Star Wars.

The begining

When I was growing up, I like millions watch the Original 3 on the TV whenever they were on, and as many others fell in love with the franchise on these alone, it set the benchmark of all space films even to this day, at the time the special effects and graphics were brilliant and were even improved in the late 90’s reworked versions, (much to a debate). 

The story was simple yet compelling, it created a whole new Religion, Universe, set of rules and space rules, in essence, this was a shift in pop culture.  It still gets referenced now, many shows refer to it, and yet all people may not like it, they know parts of it and references to it, how many Shows and Films can ever say that.

The New wave

After the original ones starting in 1977, the Prequel trilogy started in 1999 with Phantom Menace, to much hype, arguably more hype than any other films in history, (maybe Avengers), unfortunately, it was never going to be successful to die-hard star wars fans, and that is where we are at with films. But this trilogy I think has aged well, when I first watched these they were ok,

I wasn’t a fan of Phantom menace but I did like Darth Maul, the second one was a step up in graphics and created a whole new genre with Star Wars with the Clones, the third was essentially the built-up end of the first 2, and that’s my opinion of these films unlike 4,5,6 where they are great stand-alone films with cohesive story across the three, the 1,2, and 3 were all building to the final events of 3, which are some of the more significant in Star Wars history and were great.

The Universe expanding

With this whole new extra universe being created, it brought TV shows like Clone Wars and Rebels, which in turn brought more level of depth the universe of Star Wars, alongside books and novels of the last 30 years we had begun to create a whole universe of so much detail that Star wars fan like myself loved it, even more, personally I think the Clone Wars series is as good as any other part of Star Wars.

Let’s be honest the Mandalorian detail in the new series and Rebels spawned from here. The clone War series and the Prequel trilogy are both great to go back and watch and for me have aged well.

Those Newer films…

With Disney buying Star wars we see new age, a new set of star wars films, a new series, and potentially more spin-offs to come to yet expand the series, however, the big thing was the final Skywalker Trilogy, much like the Prequel this was never going to be good with Die-hard Star Wars fans,

These days everyone picks holes and points out things, we get it, thats what the internet is for lol, but it needed to end the Saga, the 7th film was actually for me a great start, it was essentially a carbon copy of 4, which isnt a bad thing, but they took many essences from it and produced this, 8th…..that film, different director and it seemed to get lost,

There were parts of really poor ideas, and then there were ok parts and more about the Universe, but in reality, its the worst, the 9th and final film was good, and whatever the internet says it was fine, there still some issues but to be honest it felt like it was trying to pieces together back the trilogy form it’s up and downs.

For me, it was a chance to say goodbye to one of the biggest Sagas if not the biggest in film history, telling a story of ver 40 years with actors like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and many others, so whatever you think, you have to respect that and the franchise, just enjoy it for what it is.

Reflection time

One of the main things I love about Star Wars is its storytelling through the years, but not just the main parts the sub-levels of it all, the universe that it has essentially created, as I said with Disney buying it, the money, the Disney+ platform behind it, we are now into a New Era, the final series of clone Wars came out, let’s not forget it arguably spawned the Mandalorian TV series idea,

There are rumours and announcements all the time, a series based on the bad Batch, the OBI wan series, it’s already spawned two may jor films in Rogue One and Solo, though both linked to the original Saga, Solo, in particular, was a really good film, I rate it very high. With all this being said the merch, the films, TV, Characters, Story, everything… there’s so much to love about Star Wars,

Tigger and I love to watch it and ultimately its one of the biggest franchises, in filming and pop culture history, only Marvel are pushing it close (Disney owned), but it doesn’t yet have the tenure of Star wars for me. One day I will go into detail on the films maybe, but in case you live under a rock and haven’t seen them I’ve tried to be general and not spoil it, but if you haven’t watched them, watch it.

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    I’m a fan of the original 3 films, the later ones not so much. A New Hope was one of the first films I ever saw at the cinema and Luke Skywalker was my childhood hero!

    3 August 2020 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Anthony Harrington

    My Grandson and Son-in-Law are huge fans, think Return Of the Jedi the best, like Yoda!

    3 August 2020 at 10:19 am
    • Reply Thomas Sutton

      Can’t beat the original trilogy

      3 August 2020 at 11:02 am
      • Reply Sarah Morris

        Darth vader is my favourite character

        30 August 2020 at 6:01 am
        • Reply Tegan Rose

          I’d cry with happiness if I won, I’m the biggest star wars fan and so is my whole family!

          30 August 2020 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply Margaret Gallagher

      Got to be YODA return of the jedi

      6 August 2020 at 6:19 pm
    • Reply Sandra Fortune

      My grandson loves them all he likes chewbacca

      16 August 2020 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Sarah Wray

    My husband and sons are big fans, not so much myself (!) I remember chewbacca from my youth!

    3 August 2020 at 10:25 am
    • Reply Laura Elliot

      I’m not so much a fan of Star Wars but my husband is and he definitely wants my son to be interested too! Although baby Yoda in the new series is so adorable!

      15 August 2020 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Tracy Nixon

    Yes, I’m a huge fan! I love Yoda and my favourite movie is A New Moon.

    3 August 2020 at 10:38 am

    I used to watch Star Wars with my Dad when I was little in the late 70’s and 80’s and loved it. Shpock always fascinated me, but the last time I watched any of the updated stuff was a film at the cinema about 20 years ago.

    3 August 2020 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Kerry Kilmister

    When I was a child I would watch the Star Wars movies with my dad, as he was a huge fan. I always loved Yoda. He was adorable but so wise!

    3 August 2020 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Peter Watson

    Darth Vader is my favourite Star Wars character but overall I’ve lost interest although my grandchildren love it.

    3 August 2020 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Jean Cassell

    I love Star Wars and my favourite character is Obwan Kanobi

    3 August 2020 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Mummyuk86

    I love Star Wars…. my favourite character is Luke Skywalker

    3 August 2020 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Apocalypse Daddy

    Sometimes I meet someone in their 40s and they say they don’t “like” Star Wars. When those situations arise, I cry inside. I am teaching my children all about the Star Wars universe. They are 4 and 1.

    I wouldn’t normally self promote but Star Wars is special. I wrote this story and I think you’ll appreciate it –

    3 August 2020 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply ashleigh allan

    I love it and I like Darth Vader!

    3 August 2020 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Magsd

    The origional Star Wars is my favourite movie and Luke Skywalker favourite character

    3 August 2020 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Helen S Wright

    Yoda is my favourite, and the original flms

    3 August 2020 at 4:22 pm
    • Reply Rebecca Duncan

      Im not sure who would like this more. My boys or my husband!

      3 August 2020 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply Christine Lockley

    We love Star Wars, my favourite character is Chewbacca and son’s is Luke Skywalker

    3 August 2020 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply Margaret Clarkson

    I was a big fan of Alec Guinness and liked him as Obi-Wan Kenobi

    3 August 2020 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Amy SIMPSON

    My fave Character(s) are The Ewoks,as they maybe small,but they put up a good fight

    3 August 2020 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      We like star wars, my brother in law loves them even more ha ha!!

      7 August 2020 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply allan evans

    Hans solo as love his one liners

    3 August 2020 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Gemma Hendry

    I love star wars and darth vader is my fave

    3 August 2020 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Iain maciver

    always liked chewbacca

    3 August 2020 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Vikki Bowker

    Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. I love Darth Maul ahaha

    3 August 2020 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Christine Taylor

    I am a small fan but my boy is a huge fan so I’d love this for him, we all love Chewbacca x

    3 August 2020 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Michelle Smith

    Luke Skywalker is my favourite character empire strikes back is a great film

    3 August 2020 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Lydia Joy

    I’m actually not a Star Wars fan, but my son is Star Wars mad and has a Star Wars bedroom.

    3 August 2020 at 8:38 pm
    • Reply Lyndsey cooksey

      I love Star Wars! For me, It has to be Chewbacca!

      3 August 2020 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Nisbet

    Yes, watched them all, then watched them all in order so the story followed on from each other.
    My fave character Yoda it is

    3 August 2020 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Denise Wilden

    The original Star Wars is our family favourite and my girls would say Princess Leia

    3 August 2020 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Rachael Simmons

    C3PO as I love that they made a robot with anxiety. True story, my nan once (Lord knows how) ended up at a dinner with the Star Wars cast and sat next to Anthony Daniels without having a clue who he nor any of them were. My dad nearly went insane when he found out XD

    3 August 2020 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply Sally Collingwood

    Yes a huge fan! Love Chewbacca!

    4 August 2020 at 5:55 am
  • Reply michelle o'neill

    I have always been in love with Han Solo

    4 August 2020 at 6:10 am
  • Reply Steven Young

    R2-D2 is my favourite character. Very cute for a droid

    4 August 2020 at 6:40 am
  • Reply Clare N

    Obi Wan Kenobi is my favourite character

    4 August 2020 at 7:31 am
  • Reply michelle hall

    my nephews love starwars. My favourite character is chewbacca, so cute!

    4 August 2020 at 7:33 am
  • Reply Donna

    My favourite character is r2 d2

    4 August 2020 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Joanne Hall

    I love R2D2

    4 August 2020 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply adrian price

    i LOVE r2d2 because he`s small and round like me

    4 August 2020 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Susan Willshee

    I agree with you that the original 3 were ‘out of this world’ (sorry). My favourite character was Princess Leia. It was a fantastic change at the time to have a heroine who didn’t sit back and wait to be rescued by the hero. She’s still my go to costume for fancy dress parties.

    4 August 2020 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Natasha Whenham

    My 5 year old is a huge fan of the newer films. He loves Finn and Rey

    4 August 2020 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply T

    Loveeee star wars the old ones the best x 💖

    4 August 2020 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Ellie Spider

    my fave characters are the ewoks 🙂

    4 August 2020 at 9:11 pm
    • Reply Bryan Murphy


      9 August 2020 at 1:17 pm
    • Reply Carol Thomas

      Our afult sons and there children are now being bought up on Starwars! Me I can take it or leave. Love Yoda though. Who doesn’t 😊

      13 August 2020 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply Susan Smith

    Return of the Jedi has to be the best film with R2D2 my favourite charactor

    4 August 2020 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Sarah Ann

    I’m a huge fan of Star Wars. I only started watching the films last year after much pestering and I can’t believe I waited so long!

    5 August 2020 at 7:01 am
  • Reply Nolene O'neill

    Return of the Jedi is my faourite star wars movie we love Chewbacca!

    5 August 2020 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Liz Marks

    Yes I love Star Wars! Rey is a great character and a good, positive role model for girls

    5 August 2020 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply holly harmsworth

    R2D2 is my favourite! we love star wars in our house

    6 August 2020 at 2:00 am
  • Reply Katie B

    We love star wars! We have just been introducing the kids to it!
    This is amazing! I love chewie!

    6 August 2020 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Rachel Butterworth

    Not a massive fan, but my nephews love Yoda.

    6 August 2020 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Elizm

    Love Star Wars (all of them!) – all time fave was Yoda

    6 August 2020 at 8:26 pm
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    Han Solo, i love Empire Strikes Back

    6 August 2020 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply bev

    Return of the Jedi – EWOKS!

    9 August 2020 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Charlotte isobelle

    I’ve always gone to see it with my dad at the cinema, it’s our thing! Yoda x

    9 August 2020 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply fiona waterworth

    my husband is the star wars nut, he loves all the action and would pick one of the fighters, me I love little Yoda hes cute

    9 August 2020 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply kim white

    I liked the cuddly teddy bear looking Ewoks

    9 August 2020 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Julie Ward

    My son and grandson are the fans, they enjoy most films

    9 August 2020 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Alison Johnson

    Star Wars was the first film I saw at the cinema in 1977! I’m a huge fan & my favourite character is Han Solo and I still love the original film A New Hope closely followed by Return of the Jedi.

    9 August 2020 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Laura Pritchard

    My whole family loves it! I like Han Solo.

    10 August 2020 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply A.E. ADKINS

    Not a great fan but Yoda is a little wise one

    10 August 2020 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Adrian Bold

    I love a good bad guy, and even though his screen time was small – Darth Maul just looked so mean!

    11 August 2020 at 2:26 am
  • Reply Ruth Harwood

    I’m a fan of the earlier films, especially. Love Yoda most of all xx

    12 August 2020 at 5:51 am
  • Reply justine meyer

    Me I am not a massive fan but my kids are and I like Yoa the best

    13 August 2020 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Jemma Dwyer

    hans solo 😀

    13 August 2020 at 9:19 pm
  • Reply Ursula Hunt

    I am not a fan but my grandson is a huge fan so this would be perfect for him

    16 August 2020 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Vivienne Moreno

    Love the original films, Yoda is my favourite character

    16 August 2020 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Lorna Ledger

    Got to be Return of The Jedi, and I LOVE Hans Solo!

    16 August 2020 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply Marc H

    Was a huge fan when i was a kid, still love the original trilogy. Salacious B. Crumb is obviously the best character.

    17 August 2020 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Walker

    not a fan of star wars but my fiance is

    17 August 2020 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply susan taylor

    Yoda is my favourite

    21 August 2020 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Karen Usher

    Has to be Yoda!! My children and hubby love Star Wars, I cant say Im the biggest fan, actually Ive never even watched one full film!!!

    21 August 2020 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply donna jones

    Yoda return of the jedi

    22 August 2020 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Tammy Tudor

    Yes love it, Hans solo has to be my favourite

    22 August 2020 at 10:18 am
  • Reply katrina walsh

    R2-D2 is my favourite character.

    22 August 2020 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Sandy lynn Ralph

    all my family love starwars and my favourite of all is cute little Yoda

    24 August 2020 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Duncan S

    Love the first 3. Han Solo is the best.

    24 August 2020 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Laura banks

    jabba the hut i had the toy when i was a kid

    25 August 2020 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Roz Walker-Smith

    Chewbacca is my all time favourite character. Love him and Hans Solo together!

    26 August 2020 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Eileen Hindley

    I love Star Wars…. my favourite character is Luke Skywalker

    26 August 2020 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Michelle Henderson

    My favourite character from star wars is Chewbacca.

    27 August 2020 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Troy Easton

    Yes and I am a Han Solo Fan.

    27 August 2020 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Rhymer

    Yes, I’m a fan, I love Yoda and my favourite film is Return of the Jedi x

    27 August 2020 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply betsy ferguson

    Yes, all of the films are great entertainment value – we like Chewbacca and yoda

    27 August 2020 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply Sheri Darby

    We are all Star Wars fans and Yoda is our favourite

    27 August 2020 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Elaine Shaw

    Like the original Star Wars best, and fave character has to be Han Solo, because of Harrison Ford of course!

    28 August 2020 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Allison Sherwood

    I love Star Wars and my favourite character is R2D2 as he is clever but oh so funny.
    He really hasn’t appeared enough in the last 3 films and I am not happy about it.

    28 August 2020 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Chloe Cunningham

    I’m not but I always remember my little brother being so scared of Darth Maul! My dad and brothers love the Star Wars films and are getting my little boy into it now too!

    28 August 2020 at 9:48 am

    Return of the Jedi – Ewoks are my favourite, there so cute (my daughter loves Yoda)

    28 August 2020 at 6:23 pm
  • Reply Valerie Rush

    My favourite character is r2 d2

    29 August 2020 at 6:43 am
  • Reply Pauline Burroughs

    Definitely all fans, even the grandchildren and we all love Chewbacca

    29 August 2020 at 7:16 am
  • Reply kim neville

    We are fans and like all the films. I like R2D2

    29 August 2020 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Harline parkin

    Chewbacca my grandson William loves him

    29 August 2020 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Fiona Johnstone

    I loved Darth Vader. My sons and I are big Star War fans, my husband not so much.

    29 August 2020 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Danielle Graves

    My son and hubby love Star Wars. My sons favourite is Chewbacca

    29 August 2020 at 10:51 pm
    • Reply Tammy Neal

      Han solo is my favourite x

      30 August 2020 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Susan B

    being a Harrison Ford fan, I always loved Han Solo. The whole Star Wars thing is cool!

    30 August 2020 at 4:09 am
  • Reply James Rowlands

    Not a massive fan but i do love Darth Vader

    30 August 2020 at 8:12 am
  • Reply Sammie Richardson

    I love Jabba the hut

    30 August 2020 at 8:27 am
  • Reply Denise Walton

    We love Darth Vader and we love the first Star Wars film

    30 August 2020 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Pam Smith

    Chewbacca is my favourite

    30 August 2020 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Yvonne Brownsea

    We are big fans of Star Wars in our house! I love Yoda!

    30 August 2020 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Mel Pennie

    Star Wars was the very first film I ever saw at the cinema, and loved Chewbacca.

    30 August 2020 at 11:46 am
  • Reply tricia cowell

    Yoda has to be my favourite

    30 August 2020 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Rachel Lewis

    Has to be chewbacca

    30 August 2020 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Darren Bourne

    I am a fan yes. My favourite character is C-3PO. I think he is funny and geeky.

    30 August 2020 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Jeanette leighton

    I do like the star wars movies , I think yodas the best

    30 August 2020 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply emma gough

    return of the jedi and my favourite charcter is han solo

    30 August 2020 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Hayley Todd

    As a family we all love Star Wars. Our daughter is a massive fan, and loves Jyn Erso from Rogue One.

    30 August 2020 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Darren Collins

    Empire Strikes Back is my favourite film as characters go C3PO

    30 August 2020 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Marion Payne

    Return of the Jedi is my favourite of the films and Yoda my favourite character

    30 August 2020 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply Sarah Roberts

    My family are massive Starwars fans, l know my hubby’s favourite would be Luke Skywalker, for me its Yoda, cus he’s fantastic, he is!

    30 August 2020 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Alana Walker

    Not a fan myself but my 3 boys and their dad absolutely love the whole series. My kids love Chewbacca.

    30 August 2020 at 7:00 pm
  • Reply Tracy B

    Hans Solo in the original film Episode 4 – New Hope

    30 August 2020 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Amanda Brett

    Chewbacca has to be my favourite 🙂 Fab giveaway,I’d be thrilled to win this for my Stars Wars mad son-the storm troopers are his favourite’s so he would LOVE this. Thank you for the chance to enter. 🙂

    30 August 2020 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Nikki Hunter-Pike

    Huge fans here, my husband is such a fan he became a Stormtrooper with the 501st and does loads of events and charity work wearing it!

    30 August 2020 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Lynn

    Darth Vader is my favourite character!

    30 August 2020 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Gill Mitchell

    My son loves it so I have come to like it by proxy 😀 My favourite character is Chewbacca

    30 August 2020 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Diana

    Chewbacca is my favourite 🙂 I love star wars

    30 August 2020 at 10:19 pm
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