It seems that every single Star Wars fan has "their" Star Wars. For example, those who grew up in the 70s and 80s love the original trilogy. For those who were young during the early 2000s, the prequel trilogy was their time to shine in the franchise. There are even some kids today whose experience with Star Wars began with the animated Clone Wars television show, nevermind the films. I suspect that Star Wars Rebels will produce much the same sort of fans, which is great. It's great that kids are getting to experience Star Wars in a format that's more entertaining for them.
For someone who grew up during the prequel trilogy, one might think that that would be my Star Wars, and indeed, I would agree. I got Attack of the Clones trading cards and a green lightsaber (which, oddly enough, had Obi Wan's hilt style). I received a DVD copy of The Phantom Menace for, oh I don't know, maybe my eighth or ninth birthday. And I kind of have had a crush on young Obi Wan since I was five or six. In all of these respects, the prequel trilogy was a great time for me.
But there is no doubt that a change is coming. Another revolution in the Star Wars franchise is about to happen, and the world is getting ready. And there's still a few things that I haven't experienced with any of the Star Wars films. For one thing, I have never seen a live-action Star Wars movie in theaters before (I did see The Clone Wars movie in theaters, but I'm pretty sure that didn't produce the equivalent to what I would feel watching a live action episode). Not only that, but when the prequels were coming out, I wasn't a part of the internet fandom at all. Granted, I don't think the presence of the fandom was quite as outspoken or popular as it is today; but still, I wasn't really old enough to experience what was there. And maybe that's a good thing; only internet fans from that era could tell me one way or another. I know that there are pros and cons to being an active participant in Star Wars discussions and analysis. In the year or so that I've been on Twitter, I've learned that it can be easy to get caught up in your own feelings and opinions and forget to be respectful, so that's a downside. On the other hand, I've made a lot of great friends through social media, people who love Star Wars and are loving this new age in Star Wars that is coming upon us.
So basically, this sequel trilogy has been the beginning of my true Star Wars experience. I'm interacting with other fans, keeping up with the latest news and rumors. I geeked out over the title announcement, and am anticipating the day I walk into that theater and see the words "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." fade onto the black screen. So does that mean that the sequel trilogy is "my" Star Wars?
Let me clarify what I mean by "my" Star Wars. I'm not talking about which Star Wars movies I think are the best. To me, it doesn't matter what year you were born in or which of the movies were made in your lifetime; the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy are for everyone, not just those who grew up with them. The Star Wars films belong to everybody who wants to watch them, be they casual fans or diehards. No, what I'm talking about is the Star Wars experience.
People who grew up in the 70s and 80s refer to episodes 4-6 as "their" Star Wars, because those are the ones they really experienced: followed the production of, looked forward to, watched in theaters and bought toys from. Those growing up in the prequel era experienced much the same. I still fit in to the latter category, to a certain extent. The main reason why I don't fit into it completely, however, is because I never saw a prequel movie in theaters. I don't blame anybody for this; it just never happened. Because it didn't, I never got to feel that joy that comes with watching a Star Wars movie on the big screen. But I will, I hope, feel that joy with the sequel trilogy movies. It'll be something that I'll be able to remember when I get older, when episodes 7, 8, and 9 have become cinematic legends. By that time, I may get nostalgic recalling those memories. Or maybe I'll just be excited in the moment, and be happy with watching Blu Rays of them for the rest of my life, even if they're re-released into theaters again some years down the road. But whatever happens, I'll know that I had the experience. I will have heard John Williams' sweeping score, felt chills of excitement as I am reunited with old, familiar Star Wars characters and introduced to new ones. All in the comfort of a theater seat, a giant screen filling my vision.
In that sense, yes, the sequel trilogy will be my Star Wars.
But all of the Star Wars movies are still for me, too. The sequel trilogy will just be (hopefully) my best experience with them.