Lessons Writers Can Learn From Star Wars

I saw an interesting video on YouTube today by a British bloke, goes by the ID The Unusual Suspect, who was talking about some of the mistakes he felt were made by the first Star Wars trilogy. He started with the disclaimer that he loved the movies and felt they were much better than the prequels.

So, I was thinking that his points could be of valuable to those of us who are writers. I’m posting a link to the video below, but first I’ll cover a few of the points he brought up.

First, strong female characters. Princess Leia was pretty much the only gal in the original trilogy, and she was tough. The princess was proactive and took charge promptly, she didn’t take any stuff off the men and she was fully capable of defending herself and wasn’t just a pretty side kick.

Second, strong villains. The reviewer felt that the storm troopers were kind of weak. And, really, I guess they were. Ten troopers firing and they can’t hit the broadside of a barn.

Also, the greatly underused Boba Fett. Supposed to be a real tough guy, he got knocked off pretty quick and easy in the first 20 minutes of Return of Jedi. A note of my own, wouldn’t Darth Vader have figured what his son was going to do and have laid out a trap for him?

Then, there was the Dark Side itself, and how one becomes evil. I’ll leave that to the Unusual Suspect to Explain.

Enjoy the video and consider how his observations can help us improve our stories.

On another note, I’d like t say I found his video very entertaining and quite well made.



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About davepyl

Though I have held many jobs over the years, being a fiction writer has always been my main interest even though I may not have always pursued it well enough. Originally from Princeton, IN, where I graduated High School and took writing related courses, I went on to attend Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN, and obtained a degree in journalism. After working a few years as a journalist and freelance nonfiction writer, I pursed other careers. late in the 90’s my interest in writing fiction resurged with stronger and better ideas, I have taken courses through Full Sail University to help me hone my skills as a creative writer. Now my plans are to focus more on writing fiction in addition to my day job and build it as a career in as many ways as I can: books, short stories, scripts, comicbooks. My writing credentials include: *KNOX COUNTY DAILY NEWS | Feb 1988 – April 1992; Staff Writer / Journalist; * OFFICIAL DETECTIVE MAGAZINE GROUP | 1990 – 1992Freelance Writer / Photographer; *VIETNAM MAGAZINE | April 1995 • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “Operation Babylift” *MIDNIGHT ZOO | May/June 1991 • Contributing Writer (Poem) – “Lady In Black” *REUNIONS MAGAZINE Summer, 1995 * Contributing Writer Reunion at George Field *QUILTER’S WORLD | April 2004 • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “Two Visionaries” *STORYTELLER MAGAZINE | Nov/Dec 2010. • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “The Ol’ Conner Place” short story *TALES OF THE TALISMAN | Oct 2011 • Contributing Writer (Poem) – “Bloody Red Riding Hood” *REUNIONS MAGAZINE Fall/Winter 2012 * Contributing Writer Morgan/Bivens Family Reunion * Frontier Tales magazine/ Winter 2012/ Battle of Three Lakes and what inspired you to write your book. The battle between the ani-men and the JLA, from Justice League America issues 221-223-1984.
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