Book Review: “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe”

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I haven’t written a book review in about 2 years and it was for a graduate course in History. This will be different. I’m not looking to spoil the book for you. Nor will I give in-depth analysis because this isn’t being graded. Should you read “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe” by Chris Taylor? Yes. Especially if you are a Star Wars fan like I am. Star Wars has invaded nearly every corner of the world. This book explains how a dream from Lucas created a worldwide phenomenon. The book details Lucas’s childhood, where he took inspiration, and how he came to write and direct.

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For the Star Wars fan, Chris Taylor answers some of those “controversial” issues such as what midi-chlorians are, who REALLY shot first, he explains the “force,” and he briefly discusses what order the movies are to be watched.

Taylor’s book is a quick, fun read. For me, a Star Wars fan and trivia junkie, this book has intriguing points. Not only that but it ends on a hopeful note. This may be just the beginning for SW fans. Taylor’s book covers the Disney buyout and he points out that this will spawn entire new generations of fans. I only regret I will not be around to enjoy it all. The future is bright for the franchise. And don’t worry about Lucas. As this book points out, he has loved Disney since he was a child. He feels this was the right decision and his films are in the hands of a company he admires.

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Would this book be as fun to read to a Trekkie? Probably not. If you’re not even remotely interested in Star Wars then 1) what’s wrong with you? and 2) you should probably stay away from this book. I’m kidding on that first point but I don’t think I could enjoy a book about a fandom I don’t particularly care for. Overall grade from this SW fan: 7.5 out of 10 wookiees.

 

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