ZETA 27 wrote:
I think star wars is dieing because they are degrading it to apeal more to younger children AND IT TICKS ME OFF!
I'm not so sure there.
I mean, Star Wars was one of the first films to produce the vast variety of merchandise targeted at children that we all benefit from today. It is common for films to make action figures based on the characters now but before Star Wars that was not really done on any scale. And there is the sea of other merchandise, everything from children's underwear to educational materials (The Star Wars question and answer book about space, 1979). I think Star wars was able to achieve the overall success that it did largely because of the younger audience.
Also, I think a strong argument could be made that projects aimed at kids, Droids and Ewoks cartoons for example (regardless of how good or bad they were), kept Star Wars on the media radar during the late 80s and early 90s.
I think I understand what you are saying but people my parents' age were "adults" when the films were in the theaters and you do not see nearly as many 55 year old SW fans as you do 40 year old fans. People my age and a little older, I was seven when SW came out in the theaters, are the first group of consumers to contribute directly to the financial success of the films and related merchandise.
I think what is really different is that kids have changed, society has changed. I know a lot of people don't like a lot of the new material being produced but a lot of people hated the prequels too. I can't even watch the prequels and the original films on the same day without getting a stomach ache. But on the other hand, for a lot of people "their" Star Wars IS the prequels. For me It's Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi---- NOT episode V,IV and VI.
So anyway, maybe it's just a generational thing like with Star Trek.
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