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Mr. Plinkett and 21st-Century Star Wars Fandom

 Dan Hassler-Forest   On October 3, 2016, a good nine months after Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens premiered to enormous popular success and critical acclaim, Mr. Plinkett finally released his eagerly awaited video review of the sci-fi blockbuster. The 105-minute video essay, released simultaneously on various online video platforms, ratcheted up nearly 1.5…

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Cosplay Rey: Intergenerational fandom and the importance of play at the 2016 Star Wars Celebration, London.

Emma Pett Attending large-scale fan conventions has never particularly appealed to me. Big crowds. Confined spaces. Long queues. Getting up at the crack of dawn to join said queues. Rampant commercial exploitation. The list is endless, and significantly compounded by the fact that I am not overly inclined towards collecting stuff. It was with a…

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Passing the Baton

Will Brooker I went into Star Wars with an attitude like Han Solo’s: cynical, jaded, an impress-me air. I came out more like Luke Skywalker: invigorated, thrilled, wide-eyed from my vision of a new world. I say Star Wars. I mean Star Wars; just Star Wars, with no Roman numerals or subtitles before and after.…