Today is May the Fourth! May the Fourth be with you.
I don't know how many out there have ever seen one of the Star Wars movies, but I've seen them enough to know practically every line. I've played drinking games to the original trilogy, played the card games, roleplayed in chat rooms, and had the Star Wars themed Trivial Pursuit game. I can't imagine life without a Star Wars. I quote from the movies constantly. I love the scene where Leia confesses she loves Han as he is being put into carbonite. When someone is laughing at my expense, "Laugh it up, fuzzball" is a great line. I even speak into my hands in a Vader voice: "Luke, I am your father" for my kids. They love it. It's so cute when they say, "No you're not, you're my mother!" And I say, "And you're not Luke!"
It's an American Icon of pop culture. It's relate-able to our human experience - fighting for the rights of all sentient-kind. We can root for the underdog, whiny kid from a backwater planet (that ironically has very little water), and see the Big Bads take a fall due to the fuzzy, little Ewoks.
How much as Star Wars effected your life? Are you traditional, original trilogy followers, or follow all the movies? Have you read any of the books related to Star Wars? How do you feel about Disney purchasing the franchise and changing Star Wars Lore?
Oh, yes. The books we read in the late 1990's no longer will have a hold on the lore of the next set of movies according to an article I had forwarded to me that you can view here. While the author appears to be well versed in Star Wars Lore, he doesn't seem to have a lot of good to say about it.