Posted By: Brand_RobinsSometimes its worth creating a problem. Sometimes it isn't. Knowing which is the thing that will fuck with you for your whole life.
Anyway, everything else aside, if someone wants to start a thread on all the ways Star Wars or Harry Potter are fucked up -- gender, class, race, bad directing, droids as slaves, free the computers... I'll play.
Let's throw down.
The really depressing thing about Star Wars, to me, is that the things it's lauded for are the very things it's such a failure at. People say Star Wars opened up new vistas of imagination and possibility, when in actuality, A New Hope is nothing more or less than the most successful clip show ever. There isn't a single moment of real exploration of how the world might change or how things other than our traditional tropes might exist; Lucas cuts together the Sierra Madre and the Temple of Doom and the Triumph of the Will and he puts some pretty pictures on the screen to make you think he's doing something. Star Wars isn't good science fiction; Star Wars isn't science fiction at all. Science fiction is about how things could be different. In many ways, Star Wars crippled the genre, in a way it took LeGuin and people like her to finally recover from.