Expectations of Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams)
Jeffrey Jacob “J. J.” Abrams was born June 27, 1966. He was 10 years old, almost 11, on May 25, 1977 the day that Star Wars premiered to the world.
In 1977, a story “began” and JJ and the rest of the children of the world started to play in this new sandbox. Every wrapping paper roll became a lightsaber. My 5-year-old self had every iconic Kenner figure. We knew them all. From the big three…Luke, Leia and Han down to every “minor” character including Snaggletooth, Hammerhead, R5-D4 and the Power Droid. But there really weren’t minor characters. Anyone and everyone became a part of the rest of the story. The expanded story. fueled by our imaginations, our excitement and (what we would later know as) our sense of wonder, Lucas’ stories naturally blossomed into an expanded Galaxy…no, an Expanded Universe. There was no level of detail that went unnoticed. There was just play.
Our imaginations ran wild. For us “play” was just what would later be called “fan-fic”. Most of us weren’t writing them down, but from 1977 on, we began inventing our own tales of the further adventures of Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie.
And from 1977 on, Star Wars flowed through JJ’s veins and through his imagination, like an uncontrollable Force. The themes, style and ethos embodied in the Galaxy that Lucas Built shows up like a leitmotif throughout JJ’s career.
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