Live From The Pop Culture Studio: Star Wars Isn’t Sci-Fi – It’s Fantasy

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One thing we can agree on: it definitely isn’t a musical

As regular readers already know, throughout 2017, The Pop Culture Studio is featuring a series of articles counting down to the release of Star Wars – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

In this latest post – a Live From The Pop Culture Studio video – discover how the Star Wars saga has more in common with myths and fairytales than with sci-fi!

We’ll look at how Star Wars creator George Lucas drew on a variety of inspirations outside of science fiction when building his galaxy far, far away, and how, of these, fantasy was by far the most influential.

Finally, we’ll examine how Joseph Campbell’s seminal work on mythology, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, heavily informed the plot of the original Star Wars trilogy, and how the events of those films can be easily mapped onto Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” narrative structure.

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2 thoughts on “Live From The Pop Culture Studio: Star Wars Isn’t Sci-Fi – It’s Fantasy

  1. I am Robin Lee, Twenty years ago I filmed the sad demise of the estate art studio of pop culture artist, Maxfield Parrish. Filmmaker George Lucas said that t was the art work of Maxfield Parrish that directly inspired the feel and look of his Star Wars films, The Lucas Effect, page 282. I have been researching this information along with my film footage, research and artifacts that I was allowed at the Parrish estate. I must wonder, did Star Wars truly begin at the art studio of Maxfield Parrish around 1904? I believe so and I continue to work on the Maxfield Parrish motif as I uncover much more. I feel that it is important that all information is shared about anything Star Wars, all information is relevant. George Lucas will be showcasing his Parrish collection at his new museum and the pieces that he collects began around 1904. I hope that some day all of this vital information of mine will be released, it is important. Thank you, Robin Lee, Maine

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  2. WOW AND EPIC, SUPER GREAT ARTICLE OUT OF THE UK, NEW INFO ABOUT PRINCESS LEIA- STAR WARS AND MORE. MUST READ IT, FEED THE MINDS.
    ( The Game of Nerds origins of Star Wars the case for Maxfield Parrish) look it up;

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