So. Is anyone?
I’m trying to organise a date with a friend to see it – after my family comes back from holidays. Which means that I won’t see it until mid-January. (I haven’t even got a chance to watch the trailers properly yet, haha.) So ssh, please. No spoilers. I mean it: SSSSHHHHHH.
I want to go in unspoiled, thanks. I’m excited – and that excitement is stomped on if someone reveals things too soon. Are we clear? Good.
(Besides, there will be plenty of other things in other fandoms to talk about until then, given the number of trailers etc dropping for things lately, and the presence of Christmas Specials……)
Here’s Chuck’s take on it. The second bit is something he wrote a while back about a metaphor for reboots and canon things (which is different to the one I’ve already shared).
I said some stuff on Twitter today about spoilers, and I thought I’d bleat them out here, too. Because there’s a certain movie coming out next week and it lands in some international territories earlier than others and I feel like there’s been a very effective curtain pulled across the story so far, and it’d be awesome to help keep that curtain pulled tight for those folks who cannot immediately jump out and see the movie the moment it exists in the world. Like, I know most of the movie, but I’m not gonna tell you about it because I want you to experience it yourself!
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While there at the con, I hit on a metaphor I like as to how to overcome this feeling that OLD IS BEST and NEW IS BAD and SOMETHING SOMETHING FIRE THE CANON CANNONS.
And I’m going to share this with you now in the hopes it helps you understand the silver lining, here — this is me trying to turn this feeling from a drain into a fountain.
You know Matt Groening, right? The Simpsons creator.
Well, once upon a time as some know, he did a comic called LIFE IN HELL. Amazing comic. Subversive and socially powerful, and also deeply absurdist fun. He hit on things with childhood and work and school and relationships — I still go back to read them from time to time.
In one of the comics, the one-eared rabbit boy, Bongo, is coloring with crayons.
And a bully comes along.
The bully then proceeds to break all of Bongo’s crayons in half. Snap, snap, snap.
Bongo, for many panels if I recall correctly, stares down at his crayons.
And you think, he’s upset.
He’s a kid.
A bully just broke all his crayons.
How could this not destroy him? Someone came along and destroyed the things he had in his hands. The things that he loved. He can’t create anymore. His crayons are ruined.
But then Bongo says: YAY.
And why does Bongo say yay?
Because, he explains, regarding his bounty of broken crayons: NOW I HAVE TWICE AS MANY.
You think someone broke your stories, your universe, your canon.
Instead, maybe envision it instead as YAY, NOW I HAVE TWICE AS MANY.
And then read it all greedily and happily, in glorious gulps and swallows.
Read more of that one here: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/10/19/about-that-dumb-star-wars-boycott/