What Makes Star Wars Create such a Huge Global Craze?
Posted 2016/01/07 3397 0
Before being officially released, Star wars: The Force Awakens already swept the world in anticipation. And what are the reasons?
For many American and European movie lovers, especially American ones, Star Wars is an integral part of their childhood. If you speak with a true fan, the first thing they tell you about Star Wars will be: The saga is a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.
And in fact, after its release, it has had a significant impact in many fields.
In the field of literature, many fiction novels are based on the plot of Star Wars such as Splinter of the Mind's Eye (1978, Alan Dean Foster). In 1992, Timothy Zahn's celebrated Thrawn trilogy debuted, sparking a new interest in the Star Wars universe. Since then, several hundreds of tie-in novels have been published by Bantam and Del Rey. In addition to filling in the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, this additional content greatly expanded the Star Wars timeline before and after the film series. Marvel Comics also published a series of Star Wars comics from 1977 to 1986.
In the field of games, since 1982, over 120 video games have been published bearing the Star Wars name with many different styles such as space-flight simulators, first person shooter, role-playing, RTS, etc. Up to now, the best selling games are Lego Star Wars and Battlefront series with the revenue of $12 million and $10 million respectively. The recently released games are Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Lego Star Wars, The Clone Wars, etc.
In the field of tourism, in 1986, director George Lucas teamed up with Walt Disney to produce Star Tours, an amusement park simulator ride through the Star Wars galaxy which was present in all branches of Disney all over the world, except for Hong Kong Disneyland.
On March 23, 1983, President Reagan proposed the creation of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), an ambitious project that would construct a space-based anti-missile system. This program was immediately dubbed "Star Wars." According to Frances FitzGerald, Reagan was annoyed by this, but Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle told colleagues that he "thought the name was not so bad."; "'Why not?' he said. 'It's a good movie. Besides, the good guys won.'"
It is obvious that Star Wars stirs up our life and creates many trends which are still popular nowadays. Therefore, the fact that this movie is remade after 7 years since the last installment excites millions of Star Wars fans all over the world. And for the younger generations, if you have not watched the previous Star Wars movies yet, don't worry, you still can fully enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens with its so real and vivid stunts, chase, shelling, etc. Besides, the great performance of talented and experienced actors will touch you with the values of friendship, family, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and love.