Star Wars appears to have no end in sight and produces quality content monthly!
How does Star Wars endure?
One of the worst things about being a fan of a franchise is that eventually they end and stop producing media projects. J.K. Rowling published the last Harry Potter in 2007 and for the next 15 years, tiny tidbits were squeezed out. Namely, the Harry Potter play and then the Fantastic Beasts spin-off. Yet Fantastic Beasts was kinda like beating an old horse and the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was abhorrent.
There is an open-world Harry Potter game in the pipeline but compared to Star Wars; Harry Potter is stagnant and only some of its former massive influence lingers. Star Wars appears to have no end in sight and churns out content every month for the last 20 years!
Every medium is covered and it is just neverending. Not that I’m complaining. I’m SO happy to have a constant in my life, but I find it odd that nothing else is as prolific as this franchise. Marvel and DC don’t count as they have tons of superpowered people who get their own movies eventually. Everyone is fixated on that superhero genre, but Star Wars is more of its own breed.
Star Trek came first and while it did have a resurgence in the late ‘’00s/ early teens but it is not even close to the juggernaut that is Star Wars. I have seen many of my beloved franchises rise and fall throughout my short life. Avatar the Last Airbender, Lord of the Rings, the Dragonball metaseries, Harry Potter, Deltora, Transformers, the Inheritance Trilogy, etc.
These things were at the forefront of popular culture when they premiered and now many of them don’t even get a mention anymore. And they only live through the die-hard fans who rewatch everything. I know all good things come to an end; I just don’t know why the Star Wars franchise is immune to this natural process.
It’s certainly my favorite thing but I very well could make Harry Potter my favorite thing- if it produced constant content.
Why is Star Wars special?
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!