New Star Wars is exciting. It’s unpredictable, intriguing, and everyone’s favorite thing to talk about. But sometimes, a brand-new piece of Star Wars media simply cannot compete with revisiting a story that’s familiar, predictable, and soothing.
Everyone has a “comfort Star War” whether they know it or not. It’s the movie, show, or book that you seek out when you need to feel safe. It’s the one you reach for — even if you haven’t caught up on the latest comic or TV season — just because it makes you happy.
Star Wars is many things to many different people. Comfort is just one of the purposes it serves in the lives of fans around the world. Why? Because you know the ending. You know who lives and dies. You know when to expect to feel happy or sad. You know when to expect the surge of hope that runs through you at just the moment you need it to.
New stories will always be there. But the old ones will be too. You can always count on them to give you what you need when you need it.
Life is long, and hard, and there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to hide under a blanket after a bad day and turn on your favorite Star Wars movie or show for the thousandth time.
Sure, you may have read Heir to the Empire a dozen times already. Or you’ve seen The Empire Strikes Back closer to 100 times. That’s OK. In fact, I’d even argue it’s normal.
There is nothing wrong with seeking comfort through a story you know by heart.
In fact, it could be the very thing that gets you through the dark.
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