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Star Wars Suffering

I’ve discovered I don’t enjoy a story if I know the ending. 

I never watched the Titanic.  I didn’t plan to watch 300.

If I know I’m going to get upset, I’ll avoid a movie completely. 


Tonight, the hubby is watching Star Wars Episode III and yeah, it’s been out a long time, but I didn’t watch it on purpose.  I was an original Star Wars kid.  I went nuts over that movie.  It started me on this long journey of love with the science fiction genre.  I’ll usually watch any sci-fi flick–even if I know it’ll be rough.

Just not this one.  I really, really loved Star Wars.  I know the story.  I know what happens to Anakin.  I know what happens to Padme. (We all do, so I’m not giving anything away here. )

Suffering here. 

I’m supposed to be working.  I had every intention of pulling out some rewrites I need to get done and here I sit, with my laptop, and I’m watching a movie that I want to love but I’m too on edge trying not to care about the characters.  And I just want to beat the crap out of Anakin.  He’s TSTL. 

Okay, it’s getting really sad.  I’m going back to work.

This has brought to mind one of the hardest things a new writer has to learn.  (Took me a bit of time, too.)  To make the story really good, you have to do bad things to your characters.  If you don’t–no story. 

But writing it is one thing.  I can be pretty darned mean when I’m manipulating my own worlds.  Watching the sad play-out of a story I started and loved at seven years of age is another thing.

But, I will say this.  No matter how vicious I get in my own world, I’m not sure I could ever write a scene like the one with the younglings! 


  1. August 19, 2007    

    I was an original Star Wars kid too. I will not watch the new ones. Just like Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Dukes of Hazzard, etc. All those remakes. I just won’t do it. It’s not the same and it will ruin what I remember. Some things are just better left alone.

    Yes dear, you must do naughty things to your characters for the story to be marvelous. Sorry. 🙁 Soo… get with the rewrites! Off with their heads!!! LOL

  2. August 19, 2007    

    I have to confess to not being a big fan of the franchise. But diff’rent storkes, I say.

    Sid Fields, the screenwriting teacher, says to force your protagonist up a tree, and then throw rocks at him. He doesn’t say to do it with any of your other characters, though I like stories where that happens.

  3. August 19, 2007    

    X, I know you weren’t a seven year old girl when this came out, so your heart probably didn’t go all pitter-patter with Luke’s struggle.

    When I got older, I saw the problems and flaws in the story and didn’t really enjoy the last three installments very much. But oh, that first movie got me. 🙂

    Michele–the Fantastic Four isn’t so bad. You aren’t missing anything with the Hazzard boys.

  4. August 20, 2007    

    Love Star Wars. Still have all my old action figures.

    Anyhow, the biggest problem I had with the “prequels” is that they didn’t make me care for or like Anakin at all. I wanted to kick the crap out of him in all three movies. If they had been more subtle with his arrogance/anger, I would’ve been ok.

    Oh well.

  5. August 20, 2007    

    You and me both! The path to his choice could have been written better. It wasn’t compelling enough.

    A part of my suffering was just watching this play out in that way.

  6. Ken Ken
    August 21, 2007    

    Good advice on how to write a story. Thank you. I for one enjoyed all of the Star Wars stories so I guess someone wants to beat me up for no reason at all. You know, it’s funny, what compelled me most in the last Star Wars was the action and adventure with all strange creatures, the fine space crafts, and the fight scenes. Yes, Padme was beautiful and that sticks out in my mind, but funny fight scenes with Yoda and three winged space crafts being flown by-for the life of me I can’t remember Anakin and Luke’s mentor’s name.

  7. Ken Ken
    August 21, 2007    

    Obi wan Kenobi

  8. Ken Ken
    August 21, 2007    

    I say riding a 20 foot lizard and winning the fight and then flying off into stars with your super modern space ship is the way to go, but then did Obi wan have anyone to go home to?

  9. August 21, 2007    

    Why would anyone want to beat you up for enjoying them? Not at all. I’m glad you did. People wanted to beat up Anakin. (g)

    I didn’t like the way Anakin’s character was portrayed– I felt he needed to be more subtle in his anger and it needed a different sort of buildup. He went from whiny and petulant to instant evil. I just feel that could have been played up better. Then his switch to that powerful evil would have been even more heartbreaking and compelling.

    The reason I suffered though, is I knew the sad fate of Padme and Anakin since I began with the original Star Wars. I’m a wuss, I freely admit. It was sad to watch them fail.

    The fight scenes were great. I love sci-fi and all the fun creatures the mind can create–that wasn’t the problem for me.

  10. August 21, 2007    

    It probably had a lot to do with me knowing they were going to fail ahead of time. If I hadn’t known and I could at least hope they’d win–that might have made it easier to handle.

  11. August 23, 2007    

    I’m not sure I could ever write a scene like the one with the younglings!

    Oh, I know! That was horrible! Even Padme couldn’t believe it at first… (I would’ve reacted more strongly than her.)

    Agree, Anakin was TSTL. Especially during that final fight scene. Wanted to smack him.

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