Tezi and I play this game that’s a modified version of “Slug-Bug.” You might say it’s “Slug-Bug-Meets-Han-Solo.” Instead of punching each other and getting a point for every Volkswagon Bug we see, we slug each other every time we see any sort of Star Wars related merchandise, or hear somebody mention Star Wars, or see a commercial or a piece of John Williams’ iconic score. As you can imagine, it’s a miracle we don’t have bruises all over our bodies, for the sheer number of Star Wars occurrences in an average day would stagger you. From bumper stickers to t-shirts to Facebook posts, you probably already know how saturated Western culture is with that little space opera George Lucas created back in 1977.
Several months ago, I read a book that explains the entire history of how we got here in relation to this science-fiction fantasy from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. The book is called How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, by Chris Taylor, and it comes with our high recommendation. Tezi and I have begun listening to snippets of it in audiobook form because I want Tezi to see how awesome it is. Taylor does a superb job of moving fluidly between the history of the making of Star Wars (and by “Star Wars,” I mean everything – he covers the original films, the sequels, the TV series, the novels – he literally talks about the mammoth franchise in total) and he weaves in anecdote after anecdote of how Star Wars has infiltrated virtually every aspect of modern society, from politics to the sports world.
Whether you’re an 11-year-old kid dressing up as R2-D2, or a millionaire business tycoon, Star Wars is as much a part of your environment as is the normalcy of automobiles or televisions. In this video, I explain my reasons for why you ought to read this book, even if you don’t consider yourself a Star Wars fan. The book is informative and interesting enough to entertain anyone looking for a good story.