I am sure you are all aware of the debates, arguments, threats and all sorts of such on social media between factions of Star Wars fans. There has always been a dispute between the prequel trilogy supporters and the original trilogy fans. But when the expanded universe was decreed non canon on the 26th of April, 2014, the many fans of the expanded universe went into an uproar. The next following months were when the faction of fans who support the Disney canon was born. And when the two factions met… well… it didn’t go so well. But I would say it really started to turn ugly when the first trailer for TFA was released. I confess, even I was involved.
And that’s really when it started. The fighting began and all hell broke loose. The original trilogy fans backed the Disney supporters, the prequel trilogy bashing the expanded universe but bashing the OT fans as well, and the lone faction of the expanded universe fought all of them. Now I would like to tell you I was not a part of this, and that I did not take a side, but in truth, I sided with the expanded universe fans and really defended the books and games that I had bought, and continued to single out all the errors of the upcoming film.
Really, it was hell. But the build up increased right up until the movie was released. Then all hell broke loose. The EU faction went to town on picking all the bad things of the new installment, the Disney supporters grew stronger and started some hate pages, and the prequel trilogy supporters were shattered; some loving the new stuff, others hating what they tried to support.
I was very outraged with the new movie, constantly ranting about it on Facebook. When I started to let my fumes cool down after being so mad at what they had done to the series, I decided that enough was enough. I personally went to many of the social media pages, pleading with them to come to peace with one another. Some listened and became more diplomatic, where others continued to bash the other factions and get worse.
A lot more happened, including a conversation with one of the new canon writers and many of the EU supporters who harassed him on Twitter. I personally stepped in and tried to make peace between the fans and the poor lad. I had also asked him if he would be so kind to show his support for helping us continue our beloved expanded universe. Funny enough, next day he wrote an open letter to the EU faction, saying he wished us good luck for continuing the expanded universe. Who knew somebody like me could make that difference?
But in the end, I have a question for all of you. For the PT fans, the OT fans, the EU supporters and the DT legion: why is it that something we love so much has brother divided against brother? Friend against friend? Parent against child? Is Star Wars not a great piece of art that has brought about marriages, life changing moments, great childhoods, and baby names? How is it something that was supposed to bring us together has divided us and tears us apart? Even in my home, my sister and I constantly fight about the EU and the DT. My older friend constantly argues with me over Facebook about how the DT is “so much better than the horrible prequels and the dusty books”. Why must we fight? We all love Star Wars and we make it very clear to everyone that we are proud of who we are, so why do we end friendships over what part of Star Wars was better? In my eyes, I will always love the prequels, Jar Jar and Anakin; I will always love the original trilogy, Vader and the Death Star. I certainly most love the video games such as Force Unleashed and SWTOR, and the books such as Darth Plagueis, Heir to the Empire, The Emperor’s Plague, Lost Tribe of the Sith and many more. And I’m sure over time I can warm up to the new trilogy.
We have no need to fight. We all love Star Wars, we all love the Jedi and Sith, the lightsaber fights, the Force, the romance, and the space battles. I say we have Darth Maul face off with Kylo Ren, or have Darth Malgus up against Vader. I long to see that day, and with your help, we can end the Great Schism of the fans.
Take Care all and May the Force be with You…
Writer: Ciaran Shuart
Editor: Krystee Anidem