With the next Star Wars movie more than year away, the first official trailer came out yesterday. You should see it:
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens TRAILER
First impression: It was exactly what I expected. They don’t need to give away the story. Everybody who loves Star Wars is already going to see it. They did the same thing for the episode 1 trailer by showing a unique lightsaber, but the rest is just flavor. So, naturally I loved it.
From an author point of view, Star Wars has been one of my biggest lifetime influences. By far my favorite play as a kid, I’ll never forget walking out of Return of the Jedi as a young pre-teen and knowing my world would never be the same. I cheered when Disney bought the franchise, because I just want MORE! They did a great job with Avengers after buying Marvel, so I have high hopes they will continue with some great Star Wars movies. I approve the choice of J. J. Abrams for the director. I loved the new Star Trek movies, lens flares and all.
I have only limited experience with what used to be called the “extended universe,” and is now, “legacy.” I’ve read a dozen or so Star Wars books over the years. Right now I’m listening to a Star Wars audiobook: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams. I’ve never heard an audiobook with so many sound effects and digitally altered voices. It’s pretty fun.
If you’re listening, Disney reps, I would LOVE to write a Star Wars novel. (E-mail me!) I have a great idea for a stand alone called Scoundrel Jedi! I even outlined the plot and drew some sketches. I want to see lightsabers pushed farther from the “norm.” The picture above, gives me hope there will be many exciting advances along those lines in the future.
So why do I have a nagging worry deep down, despite so many positive signs? My friend, R. A. Baxter, suggested it might be because Disney has a habit of pounding everything they own into a formula, sterilizing it into something so average I can’t stand it. Their superhero moves, amazing. Their superhero cartoons? Blah. If that’s the worst of it, I will be okay. Star Wars has plenty of lame TV shows in the past which I’ve managed to successfully ignore for decades. It’s all about the movies. I really need them to make these movies awesome.
…and maybe let me write a book. 🙂