Hi, I’m 21 years old, and I’ve never seen the Star Wars movies. And frankly, I don’t know if I ever want to.
If you haven’t stopped reading after this (or passed out from pure shock), let me explain why.
As a kid, it was never really a topic of discussion among my family and friends. My parents haven’t seen all of the movies, and they were alive when the first movie came out (sorry for aging you Mom & Dad!). My sister was only a baby by the time the prequel trilogy was completed, and my friends weren’t really interested in watching that sort of stuff.
Sure, I liked fantasy and science-fiction. But growing up, the first three movies had already been released, which left me with the prequels. By the time the last movie came out (Episode III: Revenge of the Sith), I was only 10 years old.
As a 10 year old, going to watch a movie about space didn’t quite capture my attention. I had other things to do, like watch television , read, and listen to my CD player. And by the time it came out at Blockbuster, I had moved on to other interests, namely camp and tennis.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a pretty big nerd. I can quote parts of the Harry Potter series, I know the smallest Doctor Who details (classic and current). I’ve attended Comic-Con for the past four years in cosplay.
But Star Wars has never appealed to me.
That, and all of the movies have been spoiled for me in some way.
Not on purpose of course, but still. Even the original movies have been in some way spoiled for me, and there’s really nothing I can do about it.
And before you blame technology and social media, I’ve had friends and well-intentioned strangers ruin plot points for me. In their excitement to explain the importance of watching Star Wars, they have shared key character relationships and events.
So I figured, why watch what has already been spoiled? I am happy to live in complete and utter ignorance.
And for the record, I’ve never seen the Lord of the Rings movies either.
But that’s another story, in a galaxy far far away.