‘Confession: I’ve never seen Star Wars’

The Star Wars franchise has been in a galaxy far, far away - until now

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Prepare yourselves; I have never seen a single moment of any Star Wars film. Not a single frame.

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The closest I’ve ever come to the franchise is wearing my hair in Carrie Fisher-esque bagel-buns (the official terminology) aged 17 to a disco at the local community hall. Which in truth was more of a homage to Bjork, but my dad said it was very Princess Leia.

I’m not one normally to miss out; I am after all the Culture Director at ELLE. I tend to dine out on my mildly above normal cultural caché, and will watch a few minutes / read the first chapter / listen to a few seconds of anything to ensure I don’t suffer any form of arts FOMO.

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But Star Wars has just never been on my planet. You could say the franchise is in another galaxy. Perhaps one far far away (at least I do know some of the terminology).

The reason for my Star Wars neglect? Well, having been born a good eight years after the original 1977, I was never caught up in the first wave of Star Wars excitement. And then when it returned with episodes I, II, III staring Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor, I simply didn’t see the appeal. 

In truth it's nothing personal. I’m just not that in to the space scene – Star Trek is another beloved sci-fi classic that I’ve missed out on.

A quick, highly scientific poll of the 20-something women at ELLE HQ reveals I’m not entirely alone. And when I Google it there’s a whole BBC Radio 4 show called ‘I've Never Seen Star Wars‘, which proves I'm not a complete anomaly. 

But my life is about to change - this week I have bought tickets to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in the hope my fandom for the series will awaken too. And I reckon anything with Lupita Nyong’o and Adam Driver must be pretty amazing. And if the first reviews are anything to go by, I’m in for a treat.

And you know what, I might even wear my hair in some 90s buns to the cinema to celebrate. 

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