|Originally posted by AgentOrange
That depends on a person's reasons for liking the prequels.
If they simply enjoy them then it isn't a problem.
If they enjoy them because it's 'cool' to do so then it is.
AgentOrange I'm not sure I completely understand what you mean by this, I'm pretty sure there's little in the way of credibility to be gained by claiming to dig the prequels in these heady days of Lucas hostility.
I do remember though how as the release of the SE's segued into the hype for Phantom Menace I started to notice a lot
of people I met who had never given Star Wars a second thought after it's original release suddenly claim to be absolute long time SW aficionados. There definitely was a period around TPM's pre-release hype when it was
cool to love or say you loved Star Wars, it seemed everyone wanted to be a part of the mass nostalgia.
Interestingly I noticed it was many of these types of people who turned so savagely upon the prequels – it didn’t surprise me that they felt let down by something they never were really that close to anyway.
I think a lot of people had remembered the cultural phenomenon of the OT but never had the love for them the way some folks have.
I appreciate that a lot of genuine fans have
felt let down by the prequels but I know quite a few who haven't and felt utterly engaged by newest saga – I’m pretty sure that the split in the fanbase is permanent now, Ep 3 won't reconcile it, it doesn’t stand a chance.
Prequel admirers are going to continue to take a lot of flak and be regarded as apologetic, over forgiving or plain simple minded –it’s certainly not a cool time to like Star Wars 'Entire' at the moment, Jacksons 'Rings' is where it’s at these days in the geek and real world. But hey I didn’t care back in the early days as I traded Star Wars figs in the playground whilst the cool kids played football and stuff, I only know that for good or bad I'm still utterly spellbound by Lucas' unique universe, and come May 2005 - just how I was for the 5 previous SW movies - I'll be sitting in the cinema, not moving a muscle, heart racing and eyes like dinner plates for the entire movie.