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Star Wars has always had a rep as a movie for the boys, but I’ve always loved, and enjoyed it. As I grew up, I realized I was far from the only girl to be captivated by a story happening a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. And yet, there are still many out there who won’t touch the movies with a 10 foot pole – fans, haters and fence sitters alike. Sit back and allow me to explain why you should give the movies a go and not just because it is highly likely that watching the movie will make your bf extremely happy.

STAR WARS: A trilogy of films made between 1977 and 1983, entitled Episode 4: A New Hope, Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode 6: Return of the Jedi. Recently a prequel trilogy was made under the Star Wars banner (featuring Ewan McGregor being badass), which filled audiences in on what we caught brief glimpses of during the original movies. We won’t be focusing on those today.

I thoroughly enjoy watching the original Star Wars trilogy, but I will readily admit that there are many more out there (ladies and gentlemen) who are much more passionate about it than I am. Fan or non-fan alike, there are many reasons why giving Star Wars a chance will prove an enjoyable experience. At the very least, you will finally discover what exactly a Jedi is.

It will improve your street cred and allow you to make new friends.
Guys spend a lot of time moping about the fact that girls don’t appreciate Star Wars (especially the original trilogy), and then act shocked and surprised when they find out they do. I’ve carried out polite and boring conversations with guys at parties, only to casually weave in a Star Wars reference (“Brad Pitt? Oh, he’s a scruffy looking nerf-herder”) and all of a sudden find that I have a new best friend, eager and ready to get to know me. Star Wars, if nothing else, it a great way to start a conversation and make new friends, regardless of whether you liked the films or not!

Like anything with cult status, the Star Wars films can be polarising. By watching them, or even just one, you are giving yourself access to the ultimate ice-breaker topic. Everyone loves to talk about Star Wars, whether it is how much they love it, or how much they hate it – and depending on where you sit after watching the films (because, lets face it, your argument will carry more weight if you’ve actually sat down and WATCHED the films), you will be able to participate in any discussion on the movies. Not to mention be able to take part in the age-old debate: Team Han Solo or Team Luke Skywalker?

It’s a timeless story.
To those unfamiliar with the crux of Star Wars, it can seem a bit imposing or even alienating – I mean, a story, set in space? About people fighting wars? And strange looking villains with respiratory problems? Made between the late 70s and early 80s?

Yes, I will admit, it sounds like a bit of a turn off. But trust me, it is a lot better than it sounds.

The reason that Star Wars works on so many levels – and the reason you are bound to find some part of it enjoyable – is because at its essence, the story is totally relatable; young boy goes looking for adventure and comes of age while finding it; good and evil face off in a battle of wits and lightsabers; and two people, despite being opposites, fall madly in love. It is a movie that is supposed to transport you to another world, very different from our own, but still similar enough that we can appreciate it. It takes you on a swashbuckling adventure not often seen in films today.

It’s a classic.
Like it or not, the first Star Wars movie, released in 1977, is a landmark in cinema history. Just like you need to watch Disney’s Snow White, Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, Titanic or the original Toy Story, you need to watch Star Wars at least once. We’ve grown up with the ideas and themes of Star Wars already ingrained into our lives – meaning we may not be completely aware of the large influence that the films have had on the multitude of movies that followed it (small sub-plot in Toy Story 2, anyone?) and also the way it has seeped into our culture.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was never expected to succeed – production company Fox had to threaten to pull a movie called The Other Side of Midnight (the expected hit movie of the year) from theaters unless they played A New Hope. Star Wars ended up breaking all sorts of records. It dominated at the box office (despite many people writing it off as a b-side science fiction film) and won six Academy Awards out of the 11 it was nominated for. This included a nomination for Best Picture – something unheard of for a science fiction film before that.

Ladies, your boyfriend/dad/brother/friends are correct: the Star Wars movies are pretty awesome. So the next time you decide to have a lazy weekend in, with your boyfriend or a group of friends, why not watch one of the Star Wars movies?

♥AUTHOR: LAURA PIETROBON (who backs Team Han, by the way)