Not long ago a poster here put forward the suggestion that much of the disagreement which arises around Star Wars comes down to how willing people are to accept the ‘mystical’ or that which can’t be readily explained or understood. How willing people are to perhaps just ‘go with the flow’. The standing joke is that any plot hole can be covered up by the explanation that the Force did it! I agreed with this idea and suggested that maybe it goes even further than this, and in many cases comes down to enjoyment or otherwise of what could be considered traditional fantasy genre elements in the story. Many of the ongoing ‘old chestnut’ debates seem to me to have an element of this to them. The Chosen One / Will of the Force / Prophecy storyline for instance. Padme’s seemingly inexplicable death as a result of losing the will to live. Even Anakin’s appearance as a young ghost. Even beyond the mystical elements of the story, there are times when Star Wars feels like a traditional fantasy story and times when it feels very contemporary. Anakin and Padme’s relationship for instance. Even aside from what happens to them, the way they speak to each other is very formal, mannered and old fashioned. Some would call this wooden, others would call it genre appropriate. Whatever the case, I can’t imagine Padme ever calling anybody ‘Fly Boy’ or a ‘walking carpet’. Today I was considering my list of favourite characters and realized that most of them, both trilogies, would be non-force users. I also realized that most of my favourite elements from the saga could be described as human, rather than super human or supernatural. So what do you reckon? To what extent does one’s taste for the fantastic and mystical affect one’s perception of the many and varied issues arising from the saga?