The Conflict between the Star Wars Fandom and George Lucas

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TheConflict between the Star Wars Fandom and George Lucas

The Star Wars fandom refers to a subculture of followers that areloyal to the Television show series that has created a large audiencearound the world. The group often analyzes various episodes of the TVshow and even creates their version of a certain scene. They havepurchased a large amount of merchandise that depicts certaincharacters from the show. The Star Wars creators are the one thatbenefits from the fandom since they record more profits from the saleof their merchandise (Lyden, 776). The Star Wars fandom consists ofpeople that have incorporated the TV show into their lifestyle. Theyhave clothes and other merchandises that are commonly used in the TVshow. They have even created online forums where they criticizedspecific scenes, or even the entire episode created. Often, they havetheir expectations, and if the movie fails to meet those standards,they will call out the producer for doing a shoddy job. One commondisagreement between the Star Wars fandom and George Lucas, who isthe creator of the TV show, involves the 1997 version where Han Soloand the bounty hunter Greedo clashed in the bar. The outcome wasGreedo killing Han, which was in contrast to what the fandomexpected. Instead, they argued that a bounty hunter could not miss insuch an encounter and it is more likely that Greedo would have killedHan and not the other way round (Lyden, 779). In response, Lucas, thecreator of the TV show responded arrogantly while undermining therole of the fandom to the creation of the scenes. In this case, Lucasfailed to acknowledge the role that they play and ignored their roleeven with the endless profits that they have created. This paper willreveal that the Star Wars fandom are only passionate people that haveinvested their time and money in the TV show and the creator GeorgeLucas should give them a chance to contribute to the plot of thescenes.

Image 1): The members of the Star Wars fandom begging George Lucas tomake the changes in the 1997 disputed scene. Retrieved from:https://www.wired.com/tag/the-people-vs-george-lucas/

This paper captures the detailed process of the arguments andconflict between the Star Wars fandom and how the creator of the TVshow, George Lucas, ignored their decision to make corrective changesin some of the scenes. In the process, Lucas somehow underestimatedthe role that the fandom plays in the success of the TV show. Inreality, the fandom has invested their funds and time in making surethat the TV show achieved its current success as well. Hence, thepaper will reveal that the fandom is more involved in the TV show andthey want something to be done as they believe and expect. Thescenario shows that Lucas would have acted fairly and treated them aspart of the organization that was involved in making sure that the TVshow is a success. Hence, this paper presents a proper argument wherethey reveal how the issues work and the proper conduct that Lucascould have followed instead.

The paper also relies on rhetorical analysis to present the contentas well. For instance, the thesis employs a sympathetic approach intalking about the Star Wars fandom and the misunderstanding they hadwith George Lucas, who is the creator of the TV show. The sympatheticapproach appeals to the emotions of the audience since it shows thatthe fandom has people that are only passionate about the show. Hence,the change that they are suggesting does not have any malice at all.On the other hand, the paper also uses logos in illustrating howLucas somehow acted irrationally in ignoring the fandom. In reality,Lucas could have treated the followers fairly and focused onacknowledging their input and the suggestions but, he should havehighlighted the issues leading to the current status. Hence, theentire arguments presented that support the fandom are quiteeffective in revealing how Lucas could have treated them. The widerange of information and the valid sources proves the use of ethos inthe paper. For instance, the sources reveal some importantinformation that supports the arguments as well. The academicjournals reveal how the paper has met the required guidelines inpresenting arguments.

The lifestyle of the Star Wars fandom and the activities theyundertake reveals passion. For instance, they have invested theirtime and funds in the TV show, and that is an important element intheir life. A perfect example of their passion is the creation of theStar Wars Uncut, a film that was a result of crowdsourcing (StarWars Fan Sites). In this case, the fandom was able to consultother hundreds of contributors, and they designed their version ofvarious scenes from the TV show. In fact, they were able to createthe shots, words, and scenes that resulted in the film. Shockingly,the interactive film was able to win a 2010 Primetime Emmy forOutstanding Creative Achievement (Star Wars FanSites). The fandom has been able to create an online forumwhere they can meet and exchange ideas or even critic the variousscenes from the TV show. The scenario shows how the fandom believesthat the TV show is the best one and they want to help in improvingit in every way possible (George Lucas StrikesBack). The members of the fandom believe that they will beable to dress like the characters and still match their personality.Hence, the scenario should make George Lucas more proud, and heshould initiate something that will be able to acknowledge their rolein the movie. The Star Wars fandom is a viable approach that has beeneffective in marketing the TV show. It is clear that the fandom hasbeen able to attract more followers and that resulted in more salesin terms of the episode downloads, views, and merchandise. Theirpositive role in the entire scenario shows how that they are part ofthe Star Wars family.

Despite the role that the Star War fandom plays in the promotion ofthe TV show, the creator, George Lucas, ignored their suggestions toimprove a scene in the 1997 version. George Lucas’s response wassomehow arrogant in nature since he even undermined the fandom. Forinstance, he revealed that “it’s not a religious event” andwent ahead to reveal that “It’s a movie, just a movie” (Lyden,779). The statements should not come from a person that clearlybenefits from the group that has invested their lives and time tofollow the TV show. They take their time to watch the TV show,understand it and criticize various scenes. The entire scenario showspassion and the fact that they are ready to help in making the moviebetter. Hence, the act of criticizing the fandom and insisting thatit is not a religious event seems a bit arrogant. Perhaps, he couldhave chosen a better way of explaining the changes in a professionalmanner that is fair to all parties. For instance, he could haverevealed how he decided that Greedo was killed and not Solo (Lyden,780). The members of the fandom also had their doubts since it seemedillogical for a bounty hunter to miss within close range. Hence,addressing their concerns would have been a better way of looking atthe issue amicably. The fandom is an important part of the successthat the TV show has seen so far. Without the passion of the fandom,it would have made fewer sales since the group act as a marketingtool. In the process, addressing them appropriately would have been abetter way of handling the entire scenario between the twoconflicting side.

The scenario betweenthe Star Wars fandom and George Lucas reveals the passion that asub-culture might place on a particular TV show. At first, before theinvention of the internet, it was quite hard for the followers tointeract effectively. However, the internet has facilitatedeverything, and the followers might engage with each other inproductive discussions through the online forums created specificallyfor the fandom (Hollis). The membersexchange ideas on how to help the group increase its members and makeother people watch the TV show. Some even invest their time in theactivities and sacrifice their jobs or other business initiativessince they have the passion for the movie. “Fanculture appropriates the commercially made products of popularculture in this way, and in doing so, fans avoid being simply passiveconsumers of commercial goods, as early theories of popular culturesuggested they were” (Lyden, 777) In fact, that is aninstrumental role in promoting the movie since others might admiretheir passion and join the fandom too. The fandom has turned out tobe a blessing to George Lucas, the creator of the TV show. It is amarketing platform since people might be interested in the group ofloyal followers that have created a virtual community. In return,Lucas has amassed more wealth, and that has helped him to keep theshow running even with the high costs needed. Some sub-cultures havegrown weaker with time, and especially after some of the episodeshave been released. Instead, the Star Wars fandom has been able togrow stronger with time, and they have initiated more projects thatkeep them together. They keep transforming from one character toanother with the hopes that they will have the personality same tothe people they portray with their costumes. The group has been ableto buy the products that have led to more sales as well.

In this case, the Star Wars operate just like a religion since itsmembers are assembled with a common passion that is the TV Show. Infact, their love for the show is evident in the way that they havebeen able to create social forums where they meet and discuss variousissues on their show. The same forums even led to the creation of theStar Wars Uncut that is one of the manifestations of the religion.The episodes of the original films might be portrayed as thescriptures that the faithful is following. They have maintained theirloyalty to the religion and everything they do suggest so. Forinstance, they are willing to reveal how they are not satisfied witha specific sequence, shot structure or even the plot. Clearly, theyrespect the religion, and they are ready to reveal why they wantthings to be done in a certain way. They have even questions GeorgeLucas, who acts like their god since he is the creator of the TVshow, Star Wars (Star Wars Fan Sites).They have been able to recreate, revise and create someself-conscious parody that reveals their passion for the show. Thefan culture has also erased the passive nature of the consumers andreplaced it with the active participants that engage in variousactivities that enhance the TV Show. They have even been able tointerpret the significance of the shows in a way that benefits them.More importantly, they have gone ahead to make the TV showentertaining and presentable as well. The approach has amounted intomore sales and profits for the show that did not make that muchearlier before.

The fans are focused on making the show more accurate, and they wantto make sure that it meets their interests. They have even created awebsite where they upload a version of the TV show that somehow meetsall their considerations. In this case, they are trying to assemblethe one that is better and present that as a petition. The scenariois that of a group of fans that have invested their lives and time onmaking the TV show a part of their lifestyle. Hence, the fact thatGeorge Lucas is hesitant to find a compromise seems absurd. Perhaps,acknowledging them might be more appropriate in keeping them closer.In fact, any slight mistake keeping them away might lead to the fanslooking at the creator as a person that does not recognize theirparticipation in the movie instead. The website originaltrilogy.comhas been transformed into a church and not just a social forum sincethe followers are focused on editing the movies and the scenes tomake it more presentable as well (Star Wars FanSites). It has the re-edits of the various episodes previouslyproduced by George Lucas. The internet is composed of the shift inthe power since each person seems to claim ownership of the TV show.To some extent, Lucas feels threatened, and he wants to take controlof his TV show. For instance, he wants to eliminate any form of powerthat the fans might have over his show. The dispute between the fansand the filmmaker illustrates one example of the passion that theymight have. However, such scenarios show the impact of the movies onthe people and how it influences every aspect of their lives.However, the many versions produced might be bad for the market sincethey will reduce the quality of the videos in the long-run.

Even if Lucas is trying to defend his right as the owner of theproduct, he should also consider the role that the consumers haveplayed in the success of the TV show. He is the one that will whetherto revise the particular scene or not. However, he seems to enjoy thehype since it has garnered more views in the recent past. More peoplehave even joined the followers in watching the episodes since theyseem more enjoyable instead. For instance, he was pictured wearing at-shirt with the caption “Han Shot First” in support of theonline campaign that the fandom had launched (GeorgeLucas Strikes Back). The scenario showed that he knew thepleas and the petitions that the fandom has presented. Lucas mighthave watched the re-edits that the fans had presented in the recentpast. It was somehow a sign of appreciation to the fandom that hasplaced a large amount of their time in understanding various conceptsthat the movie presents. One of the fans even created a video wherehe showed that Lucas had been replaced by an imposter that does notvalue their presence as some of the loyal followers in the game.However, the fandom believes that the real Lucas will be back andrespond to their concerns. Clearly, the fans have even incorporatedcomic in the video but, it is still a way in which they want toreveal their frustrations with the system (GeorgeLucas Strikes Back). They are the “true believers” andthey deserve some consideration in the process of determining thenature of the scenes that they are supposed to watch. The documentaryThe People vs. George Lucas has assembled the frustrations andhow they feel that Lucas has let them down. They reveal the way thathe has ignored their concerns even with the religious devotion thatthey have placed in the TV show.

The argument that the fandom might be regarded as a religion has alsobeen met with opposition from various scholars. For instance, mostscholars claim that most religions do not give its followers thefreedom to edit and revise the scriptures as they so wish. However,the lack of the revision was evident in the past because thetechnology was not developed extensively. Instead, the recentinteractive media has urged the followers to fuse their ideas increating some best renditions. In terms of the fandom activities,they might still fall under the definition of the religion since theyhave a creator that is George Lucas, the scriptures that are theentire Star Wars show (George Lucas StrikesBack). They keep practicing rituals when they undertakevarious activities such as purchasing the merchandise or eveninteract to exchange essential ideas on improving the show. In fact,issues such as the revision of the scenes and criticizing the creatorreveal some kind of rituals that a typical religion undertakes. Thefact that the popular culture has conflicts over the authority alsoreveal how most religions often question the younger people that haveignored the conservative elements of the culture. The fact that thefandom has acquired the status of religion shows the need to supportand acknowledge their position in the success of the show. Withoutthe fans, nothing would have been achieved since they have beenbuying the shows, downloading them and sharing too. Their role in thesuccess is something that Lucas should consider and appreciate sincethey have stayed with him all along. As a group, they have a right tobe recognized since they have invested their time and money inensuring that the TV show is much better.

The documentary The People vs. George Lucas even covers thelove-hate relationship between the two groups that has beencharacterized with the occasional fights. The scenario shows the fananticipation and the Lucas’ desire and the ideas that he wants toput on paper. A number of questions are evident in the entirescenario, and the careful analysis of everything will highlight thechallenges seen. Perhaps, Lucas does not have any obligation torespond to the fandom. For instance, the fandom has a wide range offans from around the world and each of them might have the ideas thatshould be fused into the original film (Hollis).In fact, the endless different re-edited scenes are just an exampleof the way that the fans have unique ideas. Hence, picking theirideas might seem more cumbersome since each one of them has adifferent perspective. All in all, a single TV show cannotincorporate the ideas of the followers that watch the program. Hence,there should be a boundary between the democracy and creativity sinceLucas has to focus on the making the TV show (GeorgeLucas Strikes Back). It was previously his idea, and he knowshow he wanted the movie to proceed. Perhaps, he did not have any rolethat will fit Hans Solo in the next episodes. Death might have been anice way of getting rid of Hans, and the scenario might even createanother theme later. However, the fandom wants their voice to beheard yet, they will not take their time to understand why Lucas isunwilling to take their ideas. Lucas still owes the fandom anexplanation that reveals why he did not follow their ideas. Theexplanation might keep them off and help him in focusing on otherimportant issues instead.

In conclusion, the Star Wars fandom is passionate about the TV showand they are ready to do anything that will make it more presentable,and George Lucas should acknowledge that. However, Lucas somehowignored them and acted based on his ideas rather than enlighteningthem politely. In this case, the fandom wanted Lucas to change somecertain aspects of the 1997 episode where they doubted if Hans waskilled in the confrontation. The scenario escalated to more argumentsbetween the two sides with the fandom using the internet to launchtheir frustration. For instance, the fandom wanted Lucas to releasethe original scene that had all the activities that they wanted.Instead, Lucas knew that he had authority over the TV show and thefandom did not have a right to order him around. He even ignored thefact that they have turned their fandom to something familiar to areligion. He insisted that it is only a movie and they are notsupposed to take everything seriously. The statement showed thatLucas was not fully focused on supporting the fandom that wascriticizing the scene. On the other hand, he was only supporting hismovie and believed that it was right, and no one had the right toquestion how it was presented. In reality, even if he is the creator,he still owes the fandom an explanation since they have supported theTV show all along. They have invested their time and money in everyepisode and the merchandise that they sell. Some of them haveembraced the characters and the movie as a part of their lifestyle.

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  1. Review your originality report through SafeAssign.&nbspComment on any matches.&nbspIf there are no matches, explain why.&nbsp(Remember, this may take a few hours to generate, so give yourself ample time to complete).

Thepaper does not match with any other copy since I wrote every sentenceon my own. I have mastered a way of writing that often avoids anyplagiarism cases. For instance, I often have to read my sources,understand the information and then decide how to structure my paperlate using my own words.

  1. What was the easiest part of writing this paper?&nbspWhy?

Writingthe content was easier since I had already gathered enoughinformation and prepared an outline that guided me through. Hence, Idid not have any issues with the writing part.

  1. What was the part of the paper you think you did the best?&nbspWhy?

Theargument was the best part. I clearly showed how the Star Wars fandomdeserves a chance to be acknowledged by George Lucas. With the helpof the arguments, I was able to present the paper how I wanted to.

4)&nbspWhatdid you struggle with for this paper?&nbspWhy?

Creatingthe ideas and the general argument that will answer the topicquestion appropriately. I had to contemplate some ideas and changedthem before I reached the final topic. I also created an idea thatwill have enough information to fill a ten-page paper.

5)&nbspHowwould you like to improve on that for the next paper?

Perhaps,I will find enough issues to cover on the specific argument sincethis paper had some kind of monotony. For instance, some diversity inthe paper would have been an important way of presenting the paper aswell.

6)&nbspWhatquestions did you have about this paper?&nbspDid you ask them?

Atfirst, I did not how to arrange the paper to make it more specific sothat it should address the instructions specifically. However, thesuggestion of looking at the fan culture gave me the appropriate ideain handling the paper instead.

7)&nbspWhatquestions did you have about documentation?&nbspDid you ask them?

No,I did not have any questions about the documentation.

8)&nbspDoyou still have questions about MLA?&nbspIf so, what are they?

No,I understand how MLA works.

9)&nbspBrieflyexplain your writing process for this paper, including any toolsutilized during the writing process (this includes using the Writer’sRoom, peer review, office hours, writing partners, etc.).

I had to sample various ideas that matched the question and createdan outline as well. With the outline and an argument, I prepared adraft that included everything needed in the paper. The draft wasperfectly structured and considered every element that was presentedin the instructions. After that, I revised the entire paper andcorrected every grammatical mistake made. I then changed thearrangement of some paragraphs that fitted clearly right at thebeginning of the paper rather than at the end.

10)&nbspListtwo goals you have for grammar and/or mechanics that you would liketo complete by WP3.&nbspWhy these two things?

Iwill like to improve on the proper sentence construction since I havenot mastered the appropriate way of connecting the tensesappropriately. The flow of the paper is also a problem and I willchange on that as time passes by. I will focus on making the flow ofthe paper more appropriate and it should follow all the requiredguidelines.

Works Cited

Lyden, John C. &quotWhose film is it, anyway? Canonicity andauthority in Star Wars fandom.&quot Journal of the AmericanAcademy of Religion 80.3 (2012): 775-786.

Hollis, J. W. “Han Never Shot First, ClaimsLucas in Recent Interview.” 2012 Torwars, February 11, 2012,http://torwars.com/2012/02/11/han-never-shot-firstclaims-lucas-in-recent-interview/

“George Lucas Strikes Back” 2012 Youtube,May 31, 2011, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BMgegut3UM

“Star Wars Fan Sites” 2012 Star Wars,accessed April 16, 2012, http://www.starwars.com/connect/fan-sites/

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