Review: Star Wars On Trial by David Brin and Matthew Woodring Stover

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Star Wars On Trial by David Brin and Matthew Woodring Stover
2006, Smart Pop

Review Summary: For anyone who’s ever debated the merits and failures of the holy Trilogies, or been immersed in apologetics and creative storytelling of their own on behalf of the films’ writers, or both, this is an excellant read and well worth the time spent on it – better yet if you have someone to discuss it with after finishing the book!
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With the exception of a couple of the “Defense” witnesses and particularly the “lead counsel” for the Defense, Matthew Woodring Stover, I found the ideas, theories and opinions submitted by all of the contributing authors to be very thoughtful and thought-provoking. In fact, just based on their own intelligent, personal views about storytelling, I may have just unearthed a new set of authors to explore whom I may never have encountered otherwise.

In regard to Stover’s commentary, however, I found his personal style grating and his comments for the most part irrelevant. Coming from a philosophy background myself, maybe I’m just less willing to allow his type of argumentation, where logic matters less than opinion and snappy insults. And a couple of the other Defense witnesses seem to have escaped from something or somewhere – I’m not really sure what or where, at this time.

For anyone who’s ever debated the merits and failures of the holy Trilogies, or been immersed in apologetics and creative storytelling of their own on behalf of the films’ writers, or both, this is an excellant read and well worth the time spent on it – better yet if you have someone to discuss it with after finishing the book!

06/12/07 CSL

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