John Scalzi is one of my guaranteed Friday Fun go-to guys. Always amusing, always entertaining and occasionally controversial and provocative.
He's definitely in the controversial and provocative mode here in a 2006 blog post entitled The Lie of Star Wars as Entertainment.
The post is scathingly funny, cruel and vicious and sarcastic and brilliant. And spot on.
So let's not pretend that the Star Wars series is this great piece of entertainment.
Instead, let's call it what it is: A monument to George Lucas pleasuring himself. Which, you know, is fine. I'm happy for Lucas; it's nice that he was able to do that for himself. We all like to make ourselves happy. But since he did it all in public, I just wish he'd been a little more entertaining about it.
BTW, I just picked up the paperback of Scalzi's collection of blog posts from the first ten years of Whatever: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008. I've dipped into it a bit so far, reading and revisiting a couple of posts here and there and the book is fantastic. I know it's all available for free online and that I don't have to pay to read all these wonderful posts but...it's really nice to see them all together like this and I really appreciate the opportunity to send a little cash over Scalzi's way to reward him for a job well done.
It was reading the introduction that reminded me of the Star Wars post.