For A Certain Generation, This Is Their Star Wars

I’ll tell it to you straight: This generation’s Star Wars is the one they know and love. When I’m not writing, I teach, and several of my pupils who grew up with the prequels will tell me that the original trilogy is too boring. And yes, that’s true. Rather than being a thrilling adventure story for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), my students find The Empire Strikes Back to be a boring slog.

That’s not the worst part. The worst part is that they say that about The Return of the Jedi, too. To them, this trilogy might as well be a different franchise altogether. So again, I know a lot of you out there don’t want to hear it, but this trilogy IS FOR THEM.