Star Wars has not always been part of my life, but the original trilogy has defined most of it. I first came across a paperback novelization of “A New Hope” at a used bookstore somewhere in Los Angeles when I was in the fourth grade. I showed it to my dad and asked, “What’s Star Wars?” He looked surprised, “We haven’t shown it to you yet? We should watch the movies.” So we pulled out the trilogy VHS box and watched it with me, my two sisters, and my parents.
It was all downhill from there.