I wonder how many people on these boards are from the first generation of Star Wars fans during the 70's and 80's and how many are from the prequel trilogy era! How many of you remember the Marvel Comics and the Star Wars stories and who has grown up only with the expanded universe stories, the prequel movies and the special editions. How many of you remember going to the supermarkets to see not just a few shelves with toys on, but actual aisles full of Star Wars toys...both sides! Do people from the original era have different wants and needs from the new movies that the generation who never lived through the original hype and anticipation of Empire and Jedi coming to the cinema experienced? The questions of was Darth Vader Luke's Father or who was "the other" Yoda referred to was already mainstream knowledge for the new generation of fans and the prequel trilogy never gave them that cliff hanger. Do the new generation of fans who have big budget movies handed to them on a plate compared to what was around in the 70's and 80's appreciate what Star Wars really means to the original generation of fans? In a world where one big thing comes along, last for a few minutes and is then moved to the bargain bin is that what people want from the new Star Wars? A constant stream of new characters that are there one minute but gone the next meaning we never get to bond with the characters the same as we did with the originals? Maybe even the original generation of fans are now wanting all new characters...if so are they bored of the old ones or have they just lost interest? I guess for myself, I find myself wanting the new movies to have very strong character links to the original movies. I think the prequel trilogy introduced enough new characters...some of them more successful than others. I think maybe if things had been different George Lucas may have made episodes 7,8 & 9 a long time ago and somehow I get the feeling from watching old videos of interviews that had he made the movies the original characters would have remained the focus of the stories. To have lived a life with the possibility that the movies could have been made... or were there in print has meant that I have lived in hope of one day seeing a continuation of what was my favourite childhood characters back on the big screen! This thread isn't exactly a question....it is only my thoughts on something that has been a big part of my life and if I am being honest, there are times I read things on here by people who seem intent on hijacking my past and replacing it with something completely new! Maybe I am wrong, maybe you are all just a part of my imagination and you aren't really there! If so, I truly am insane and I will climb back under my bed covers and not come out again!