4 Narrative Secrets of Star Wars' Success

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  • May the Force be with Us4 Narrative Secrets of Star Wars success

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  • 1. Define and embody the Space Opera genreThe strength of Space Opera compared to pure science fiction is that less tech knowledge is required to understand what is going on; space is merely the backdrop of a story - Star Wars begins with an introduction setting the events a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, which is a new formula for Once Upon A Time...

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  • 2. The ForceNot a writer's invention but a translation of the Taoist concept of Chi. In this sense, the Force indeed is with us. Using not a transcending pantheon, but a very immanent form of spirituality, Star Wars reflected the feelings of many who were investigating in those years cultures and philosophies of the Far East.

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  • 3. A coming-of-age overlapping with a tale of redemptionThe protagonist of the story turns out to be its incredibly scary and charming villain, capable of delivering a whole range of feelings while acting constantly behind a mask. There probably would be no Darth Vader without Tolkien's Ringwraiths, but Peter Jackson's Ringwraiths wouldn't exist without Darth Vader.

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  • 4. Extremely good screenplay(Were talking about the original movies here.) Every major character is perfectly defined, deeply individual, and perfect for the role. And yes, Han shoots first.

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