Star Wars: All the things we’re thankful for in a galaxy far, far away

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ORLANDO, FL – APRIL 13: STAR WARS fans attend the 40 Years of Star Wars panel during the 2017 Star Wars Celebrationat Orange County Convention Center on April 13, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for Disney)

There are many things to be thankful for as a Star Wars fan in 2018. In the past few years we’ve been given almost more new content than we can digest – some of it okay, some of it right up there with the originals (fight me).

In 2019 alone – SO FAR – we know we’re getting at least two new shows, a bunch of books, more comics than we probably deserve, and … oh, right. The conclusion to the entire Skywalker Saga. No big deal.

All this new stuff is great, because it means everyone who comes to explore the Star Wars universe can now find something that suits them. Kids have the animated shows, long-time comic readers have new stories to dive into, and old-school fans can always return to their favorite movies when they’re feeling nostalgic.

But to me, it’s not the new content that carries this fandom forward. It’s all of us. The fans.

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Honestly, despite what it might feel like sometimes, there are some wonderful, inspiring, and passionate people in the Star Wars community – even online. I’m as involved as I can be in a few of them, and being able to not only just talk and write about Star Wars, but to be reminded why I love it so much, is truly a blessing.

I’m thankful most of all for the fans who make an effort to celebrate the parts of Star Wars they love most. This universe is too big for every character and story to please everyone – it’s bound to happen when your franchise lasts more than four decades.

I’m thankful for those who make discussing Star Wars fun and insightful and good. And I’m thankful that Star Wars has always been, and will continue to be, about the people who bring the universe into the real world as much as it’s about the universe itself.

Thanks, Star Wars, for connecting me with new friends, giving me new outlets to channel my passion and creativity, and for continuing to tell new stories. Oh, how lucky we are to be alive right now.

– Meg Dowell