The first time I can remember going to the movies, it was to see Star Wars. I must have been between four and five. I went with my dad, just the two of us. A part of me is a little jealous my kid brother will be able to do the same with his son in December.
Now, that movie made an impression, obviously. I mean, I am aware I went to the movies prior to this one, almost certainly to see Disney cartoons or something, but I remember Star Wars as the first. It was almost certainly one of my gateways into science fiction, fantasy, and being a geek.
So why am I not a fan of “Star Wars Day”?
Part of it is the idea that the Internet can make up a holiday, I think, and one I can’t even use as an excuse to get off of work. It seems about as real a holiday as 4/20, Groundhog Day without Bill Murray, and Arbor Day.
Next is the fact the whole thing is based on a pun. “May the Fourth be with you”? Seriously? I really don’t like puns, especially weak ones like that. You’d need a speech impediment to say it that way.
But finally, I wonder…why does Star Wars get a day?
Does Star Trek get a day?
Lord of the Rings?
As near as I can make out, its just Star Wars.
And its based off a pun. Why honor a piece of art and entertainment, enjoyed by many, on a single day, when the day chosen was chosen based off a bad pun based off a date?
Really, we can do better. We don’t need a special day to honor Star Wars.
Especially since those movies also gave us things we maybe prefer not to remember…