For those less enthused by that galaxy far, far away…

Station-ElevenNo, I haven’t seen it yet. Yes, I’m going to, so no spoilers please. I found this article in The Tyee about the franchise-ation of Star Wars that has become a marketing tidal wave bigger than anyone could have ever imagined. The article makes for interesting reading relating to the author’s love of science fiction and some fascinating novels, such as those by Finnish writers Leena Krohn and Emmi Itäranta. In Canada there is Emily St. John Mandel’s environmentally-themed climate change novel Station Eleven, which are promising places to start.

“…More literate critics … picked up on George Lucas’s use of Thomas Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which deals with the basic structures and images of mythmaking and storytelling. You could build a whole dissertation out of parsing the Star Wars franchise, and I’m sure many have If it had been a one-off, or even just a trilogy, it might have been a classic. Instead, it became both an industry and a culture of its own, now thriving well into its first half-century….”

A Better Force Awakens: The Tyee

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