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I’ve been a fan of Star Wars for years and since the inception of CWK my personal growth in fandom has ballooned to new heights in the last year. Thanks to incredible fans, new friendships, SW celebrities, and Lucasfilm themselves working to bring us brand new content, I’ve had some unimaginable dreams come true being a co-host of a Star Wars podcast. I’ve never dipped my toe too deep into the well that is fandom. Never really got into the Hyperspace message boards, didn’t attend any conventions, and my collection is a drop in the ocean compared to some so I didn’t run in those circles. My fandom was very inward and not many people knew how big of a Star Wars fan I was. Then I met my co-host Dan Z, he happened to be wearing a Black Lantern t-shirt at that encounter, so instantly I knew this guy meant business! It was a few months later he and I plotted and planned the podcast that would become Coffee With Kenobi and it’s been wild ride since.

I had never listened to a Star Wars podcast before. I quickly remedied this and my commute back and forth to work was drenched in the Force. Upon setting up our podcast we plugged into all the social media outlets, this coupled with my daily dose of fans broadcasting their passions so fervently I slowly, but surely stepped foot into a larger world. It was strange and funny, and alive! As time went on my resurgence in Star Wars grew still as I began to pick up EU novels and devour them, I got excited when the new 6” black series figures hit selves and the flood gates opened as our own podcast discussions with guests expanded my knowledge and openness to opinions and ideas set in a galaxy far, far away. 

Now, May 2014, I am a little less than a year away from my very first attendance to a Celebration convention and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! I can finally meet all these wonderful people I’ve grown to friendship and fandom with! And now we finally have official news straight from Lucasfilm about canon and casting of Episode VII! A topic it seems my kids ask me about almost everyday!

Wading through social media and all this news in the last two weeks I’ve made some sad realizations about Star Wars fandom. It’s dark. Now, I’ve been a fan of comic books, movies, TV shows, and books my entire life. I know everybody…oh sorry, let me turn this up…EVERYBODY is entitled to their opinion. Bring them on, let’s hear them and I’ve got an infinite amount of my own. I also realize not everybody is willing to agree and that makes for some great debates, although, in the last couple of days, it’s like a giant hate wave has destroyed my happy little sand castle called fandom. Real news breaks and something breaks. Why do fans forsake their own intelligence and good nature and putting out pure, white, hot hate? I say again, opinions in fandom are completely relevant and welcome, and make us who we are, but do we have to be so fervent? What does that say to folks who are just jumping on the Star Wars train? What does that say about your personal human character or even your personal opinion?

Have your rants, but can we develop those into cohesive sentences or words that start a fascinating discussion on your stance? 

Maybe this just boils down to disappointment. Are these folks not happy there will be new Star Wars films? One more time, YES, you can have your opinion and you can have your voice heard, but you are calling yourself a fan and then breath fire about it when you do it! Someone, somewhere is getting burned.

On the flip side, say you’ve said your peace and back it with all the power of a yellow sun. Thank you for that. And in response someone disagrees in fire breathing back to you, foul on them. They should understand enough that your opinion counts. Hold fast to your thoughts and beliefs and don’t be quiet. Just do it in a way that is cohesive and well intentioned. You’re not limited to 140 characters. Be smart and take pause to conduct yourself as a professional especially if folks do listen to you. And if you don’t have anything nice to say, then just don’t say it. You can be angry or upset, I know I have many times in the past over choices that are out of my control, but I don’t let that fuel my actions or words. 

In the coming days, months, years we as Star Wars fans will get some earth shattering news that may turn us into the Incredible Hulk, but don’t forget, deep down you are Bruce Banner inside. You are human and there are other humans out there that listen to you and call you friend. Be your best, be bold, and let’s not mar our fandom. 

It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan!

-CC

coryc@coffeewithkenobi.com

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9 Comments

  1. Amanda Ward
    May 1, 2014 at 12:53 Reply

    Very well said, Cory!

  2. Lisa
    May 1, 2014 at 13:07 Reply

    Bravo, Cory!!

    The negativity since the casting and EU announcements has been…… unsettling. I understand if there’s some disappointment – especially when it comes to the EU – but it’s as if no one pays attention to the GOOD we have to look forward to. IMO, it far outweighs the bad.

  3. Jeremy
    May 1, 2014 at 13:10 Reply

    I say all the naysayers should stfu and be THANKFUL we are getting new movies!! Keep the negativity to yourself if you’re going to spew venom. Can’t wait until Dec 18, 2015!!!

  4. Melinda
    May 1, 2014 at 13:12 Reply

    Cory, it most definitely is a great time to be a fan of Star Wars! Actually, I think ALWAYS is a great time to be a Star Wars fan! 🙂

    I know it sounds easier said than done (moreso at some times!), but I just turn a deaf ear to those who spout and respout their “opinions”, and then berate those who pose an alternative idea/opinion. I’m open to a respectful exchange. Not everyone has to think/feel the same way I do. But be considerate, respectful. If one won’t, then that is his/her problem. I will walk away. 🙂

    I remember when “The Phantom Menace” came out … while I didn’t LOVE it like I did the original 3 films, I liked it very much. It did exactly what George Lucas said he wanted it to do — it set the stage for the 2 films that would come after it. Quite frankly, if some fans had certain expectations — that were not met — that was THEIR problem, not George Lucas’. But they didn’t just say they didn’t care for TPM, they HATED IT! The way I look at it, they missed out on the experience of just sitting back and enjoying the film for what it was. I’ve known some fans who have gone back to watch TPM years later, and have stated, “You know, it wasn’t really as bad as I thought it was the first time around.” I rest my case.

    For those who are complaining about JJ Abrams being the director, there aren’t enough females in key roles, this or that — just ignore them! I know it can be hard to do that when one goes to various sites where such topics are discussed/articles are posted. Might I make a suggestion? Just don’t visit those sites for a while. 🙂 It isn’t burying your head in the sand (since you know those short-sighted individuals are out there). It is a way to bask in the glory of knowing that something you are looking forward to is on its way to becoming a reality! 🙂 Enjoy these moments that follow!

    It’s unfortunate that more people do not exercise good sense, that they feel they can post the first thoughts that pop into their heads without giving any thought as to what they’re saying/writing and who is going to be affected by them. One of the best lessons I ever learned growing up was “Think before you speak (or write).” It’s amazing how too few people exercise that simple lesson. 😉 It’s amazing what those few moments can save you from doing. 🙂

    In closing, Cory, ENJOY THIS MOMENT!!! There are those of us who are right there with you every step of the way! 🙂

    MTFBWY 😀

  5. Ryan Loesch
    May 1, 2014 at 15:00 Reply

    Very well written. Seems like ever since the mid 90’s negativity has shrouded the Star Wars community. We just have to rise above it and not let it detract from our enjoyment.

  6. Erica
    May 2, 2014 at 04:34 Reply

    I hope you have a great time at the celebration. It is an amazing thing! And I agree it is an awesome time too bee a fan 🙂

  7. Jeff McGee
    May 21, 2014 at 12:13 Reply

    Here here! If you look at the state of discourse in our country on EVERY level, this is just one more example of the extremes getting all the attention BECAUSE they are extreme. The people who fall in between the poles get drowned out. Let’s change that 🙂 Good read, Cory.

  8. Joe Taylor
    May 22, 2014 at 08:14 Reply

    Well said, Cory!

  9. Tommy Mac aka "DJ Maul"
    January 9, 2015 at 17:02 Reply

    Let’s look at the original three films HONESTLY for a sec.

    The first one was ground breaking, the second spectacular, and the third…well had a FEW flaws but over all, great.

    Three amazing films, a Trilogy that created so many lasting memories.

    There’s no WAY any films made after those would be able to please ALL fans.

    I think it’s MOSTLY First and Second generation fans that can’t seem to deal with the fact that Star Wars is changing and growing and will be…gasp…DIFFERENT than it used to be.

    Well kids, it’s either gonna be DIFFERENT, or it’s gonna be DEAD…and I prefer that the franchise lives on, and can’t wait for a fresh NEW vision of it.

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