Drunk on Duty
True & Honest Fan
- Apr 16, 2017
Absolutely. I think that part of the appeal SW used to have before Disney, despite the criticisms of it being generic scifi from hardcore scifi fans or that the movies just re-used concepts from other scifi and fantasy works that we're all familiar with or were already done before, is that these issues are where most of the charm comes from. Its a universe that's an amalgamation of great things we never thought could co-exist, like Buck Rogers, Dune, Japanese cinema, D&D, asian folklore, medieval folklore, those old Astounding Science Fiction magazines, and so many other crazy and familiar ideas wrapped up into one package of old fashioned good vs evil+knights and sorcerers in space that somehow manages to work. So we can argue all day that George and his writers were borrowing ideas from other works and that SW's films and factions are generic, but the end result was a huge and very interesting setting that opened itself to all manner of ideas and tabletop RPG shenanigans that somehow created the perfect merger of scifi and fantasy with good old fashioned good vs evil stories. Meanwhile, Disney takes no ideas or influence from any better works or tries to create its own original concepts to accompany these non-existent ideas, they just keep trying to mimic the basic superficial structure of the OT and repeat the same plots and formulas in hopes of recapturing the same level of appeal and success but all the while sprinkling some woke seasoning onto everything, then wondering why SW has become such a divisive and declining topic.I've tried Foundation, and Asimov is an awful writer. Great ideas, shit execution. I've read a lot of pulp in my time, and Asimov in what I read has zero feel for characters.
Pournelle is good, but...
Star Wars borrows some ideas from science fiction but recommending Hard SF to someone interested in Star Wars is a non-starter. I would recommend dipping one's toes in some softer or more action heavy SF while trying to move from Star Wars to something deeper.
Star Wars is at its heart about action and emotion. It's not about how things actually work.