Aside from your own demise, what would have to happen for you to turn your back on Star Wars, in whole or in part? Blasphemy? Not really – everyone can be pushed too far, and everyone can have too much of a good thing.
It seems like an unfathomable eventuality if you’ve been a die-hard fan for decades. But in the present fervour leading up to The Force Awakens, and especially in the aftermath of the article in Wired that said “You won’t live to see the final Star Wars movie“, I took the discussion in another direction and wondered if there can come a point where ‘enough is enough’ for some Star Wars fans, where perhaps the movies won’t speak to you any more as they continue to change hands? Maybe you begin to feel like an outsider in the galaxy that you’ve spent your entire life immersed in? Or maybe at a certain point, you find enough satisfaction and closure with certain characters. You get to a point where you don’t feel the pull to “see what comes next”.
A lot of people were so turned off by the prequels that it ruined the original movies for them…guilt by association. If the same people that remain disgruntled by the prequels are also underwhelmed by The Force Awakens, they will have more Star Wars movies that they dislike than they enjoy. Will those people stick around for episode 8? Buoyed by their love of the originals, will they have a bottomless well of faith that eventually they’ll rediscover what they liked about Star Wars in the first place?
Or maybe one day you look around your house and see that 75% of what you own has a Star Wars logo on it, and you decide that it’s time to invest in something else? I don’t know.
The closest personal experience that I can think of is when the EU killed off Chewbacca in Vector Prime. Up until that point, I was an avid reader of all things EU, but when I heard that they’d be killing off Chewbacca, that was it for me. Done with the EU, cold turkey. I dumped all of my EU books as if I had never read them, and from that moment forward, I never again considered the expanded universe in my own personal fandom. Of course, I did not turn my back on Star Wars as a whole, instead doubling-down on the original trilogy and losing myself in the excitement of a new era of Star Wars with the release of The Phantom Menace. I never again indulged in the EU, and I don’t regret it for a second.
I assume most people will simply say that nothing could ever push them away from Star Wars, but in truth, everybody has their limits. What’s yours?