How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise
Why do most people know what an Ewok is, even if they haven't seen Return of the Jedi? How have Star Wars action figures come to outnumber human beings? How did 'Jedi' become an officially recognised religion? When did the films' merchandising revenue manage to rival the GDP of a small country?
Tracing the birth, death and rebirth of the epic universe built by George Lucas...more
There is no doubt that Star Wars is one of the largest and most pervasive cultural phenomenon since the first movie was released in 1977. All around the world people are familiar with light sabers and Darth Vader, Wookies and droids, Jedi and X-Wings. It has gotten to the point of cultural background noise. Everyone knows that Vader is Luke's father to the point that even the most anti-spoiler people nary bat an eyelash at that statement. But we live in a time where Star Wars and its themes are ...more
I had never heard of it until I read the lovely Emmalita’s review, and now I am eternally grateful to her. I absolutely devoured this book. It’s one of the most thorough and interesting behind the scenes books I’ve ever read. I’ve been all up in Star Wars since I was sixteen, but reading this book made me realize I really only knew the story part of that galaxy far, far away (including the Expanded Universe). I knew very little about how the trilogy was cre ...more
And Star Wars.
As you can imagine, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor. I’m exactly the kind of audience this book was written for.
Which is why it pains me tha ...more
Sposób, w jaki książka Chrisa Taylora została przełożona na język polski, stopień zaniedbania ze strony wydawnictwa Znak, manifestujący się kompletnym brakiem redakcji od strony merytorycznej i powierzenie tłumaczenia osobie niekompetentnej, której zarówno znajomość niuansów j ...more
Chris Taylor examines the origins, influences and making of the series, many people that contributed to Luc ...more
Autor przybliża nam postać Lucasa starając się wyjaśnić jak doszło do tego, że stworzył on jeden z najbardziej kultowych (jeśli nie najbardziej) elementów popkultury.
Dowiemy się w jakich bólach i trudach rodził się pierwszy szkic pierwszego filmu, i jakie trudności napot ...more
This book is simultaneously a biography of George Lucas, a history of science fiction and space fantasy, a film-making documentary, and a record of a cultural phenomenon of really unbelievable proportions. Taylor spins it as a g ...more
How Star Wars Conquered the Universe is informative, comedic, reverential and critical all at once; above all, though, it's never boring. I hesitate to say anything is the "Definitive" versi ...more
- I own the 2006 DVD release with the ORIGINAL movies in their ORIGINAL form.
- I've seen the original trilogy hundreds of times.
- I own and have seen both made-for-tv Ewok movies hundreds of times.
- I listen to not one, but two Star Wars podcasts every week.
- I've read 42 of the Expanded Universe Star Wars books.
- I own several light sabers and blasters and regularly do battle with my 3 year old using the same. I play both good and bad guys, ...more
I was hooked from the beginning as Taylor does a fine job of capturing the wonder and excitement of 1977. It's t ...more
I'm a Star Wars nerd. I mean, maybe I'm not as big a fan as some people, but I know my Ahsoka Tano from my Aayla Secura, my Mandalorians from my midichlorians (ick) and I've seen both trilogies multiple times. I've read some of the books. I play or have played a lot of the games. I might have a crush on BB8. And I've recently been burned out on fiction, which happens from time to time when you write books ...more
By clocking in just over 21 hours long (unabridged), this book certainly tried my patience. In addition to the history of th ...more
Dosyć obszerna pozycja stanowi wspaniały ukłon w stronę każdego fana, który sięgnie po tą lekturę. Od przemycania w każdym rozdziale smaczków z planu oryginalnych części, poprzez wspaniale opisany proces powstawania kolejnych szkiców scenariuszy w głowie G ...more
Listen, this is a very good book. It just wasn’t the droid I was looking for. Well, more accurately it was the droid I was looking for, but he brought along his annoying protocol droid buddy who bothered me with information about himself (wow, I think I just made a reference that equates a book about George Lucas to C-3PO… I am such a nerd).
But I am only rating this book three stars, compared to higher ratings you’ll see nearly everywhere else. Why? Because while Taylor obviously spe ...more
A large amount of time and ink was spent on Episode 4 concepts, and the process that Lucas took in the mid-1970s, while t ...more
I learned about Star Wars uncut, a fan created version of the first movie spliced together from 15 second segments. I learned h ...more
Taylor weaves fan stories with a biography of George Lucas and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Episodes I-VI (as well as the ...more
Taylor gives us both the history forward from that beginning through the making of the films and the sale and rebirth of the franchise under Disney, and the path from the middle class kid growing up in Modesto to the man who made that first Star Wars film and its ...more
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