With Friday’s release of the first teaser trailer of “The Force Awakens” (a/k/a Star Wars, Episode VII), an explosion of discussion of Star Wars has popped up. You might call it a re-awakening of interest.
It is possible that this renewed interest could be confined merely to my Facebook news feed, with not only various connections posting about the trailer and associated content pieces, but even some sitting down with their friends or wives to have them watch Star Wars for the very first time (yes, it’s possible). As to the latter instance of trying to figure out how to share the glory of Star Wars with their loved ones, people have been discussing showing them the Original Trilogy, then the Prequel Trilogy, the Machete Order, or simply the Original Trilogy. I was even phoned up by someone inquiring whether they should provide some historical/cultural context as to how they should show their wife the Original Trilogy.
However, this renewed interest is not confined to those whom I know. Steven Colbert discussed the teaser trailer on The Colbert Report and there have been other articles discussing this new widespread interest (such as this piece at The New Yorker), whether newfound or renewed. Of course, a catalyst for conversation could have been that it was released during Thanksgiving weekend, when people are around family and friends and are mosre easily given over to this conversation piece.
In any event, I have been excited by this renewed interest over the past several days and am looking forward to more conversation about Star Wars, especially with people who are not accustomed to thinking about it.