I was shocked - simply shocked - when a friend said she'd never seen STAR WARS. And I'm talking about the originals here.

She'd never seen Princess Leia blast through a garbage chute and call Han Solo "fly boy" for the first time, or Darth Vader proclaim "Luke, I am your father". And who can forget when Leia declares that she likes "nice men" but ends up falling for the scoundrel?

Of course, she rectified this little lapse in movie watching pretty quickly...and quite hilariously, if you care to check out her blog.

Then, not so long ago, I was taken aback when Amanda, the newest member of the Avon team, said she'd never seen BUFFY. "Give her a break," Esi reminded me. "Amanda was only 11."



Sometimes I forget that Gen Y--and even Gen X--grew up in a totally different time than I did. (And yes, I realize I must sound like I'm 90 right now.)

What I took for granted is now considered "classics." A good Julie Garwood historical, for example. Remember Johanna Lindsey's WARRIOR'S WOMAN? That was my first "paranormal."

And so I will do my best to bridge the generation gap. Amanda is already enjoying the first season of BUFFY.

10 Comments:

Blogger Gin said:

Ah, fond memories of scoundrels. Two more suggestions for what the younger generation may have missed...

Book: A Knight in Shining Armor, Jude Deveraux. Historical *and* contemporary, courtesy of time travel. Two souls that are destined to be together, despite the small difference in ages. I still remember my first read. In fact, I still have that copy somewhere around here...

Movie: Romancing the Stone, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Romance novelist gets caught up in an adventure in the South American wilds, with a hero direct from the pages of her novel. Funny, suspenseful, and hot, in more than one way. Sequel (Jewel of the Nile) also good, but the original was a classic.

10:07 AM  

Blogger Erika said:

Two excellent recommendations, Gin. I LOVED A Knight in Shinging Armor...and did you know that the Kathleen Turner character in Romancing the Stone wrote for Avon?

10:14 AM  

Anonymous Suzanne Enoch said:

Okay, I can forgive your friend for the sacrilege of never seeing THE movies, but only because of the number of squees she used for Han Solo.

My only complaint is that she kept saying how Han Solo was so Mal Reynolds-like. Hello? Yes, Mal is Captain Tight Pants, but Han came first. Mal is therefore Han Solo-like.

10:50 AM  

Anonymous Carl said:

I did watch Star Wars, but I have totally forgotten all about it. I couldn't remember any of the scenes you just described in the post. OMG!!! I have Alzheimer!!!

11:09 AM  

Blogger Erika said:

I totally agree with you, Suzie. Han came first!

11:24 AM  

Blogger Erika said:

It's okay, Carl, just go and rewatch the trilogy. You'll be amazed by how quickly it all comes back to you.

11:25 AM  

Blogger joy said:

Yes! That was absolutely nuts! She hadn't seen Indiana Jones, either! So, she rounded out the weekend with an Indy marathon. And, her results were fantastic: Indiana Solo and the Raiders of the Lost Millennium Falcon. @Suzanne, check out her "Mal being Han's kid" theory. You'll get a giggle.

I get there's an age thing, after all, SW was 77, so for anyone born in the 80s or 90s, it's definitely a classic.

But, the Buffy thing with Amanda is interesting - it means that that WB targeting of the tween market didn't quite get there for her.

Gravy, all the fun stuff they've both missed!

I want to say my first paranormal was a Terry Lawrence Loveswept called Shadow Lover, about the Invisible Man. I vaguely remember a love scene, and trying to visualize what that would look like in real life. And I definitely remember being confused.

@Gin - Hey, little known fact. Joan Wilder was an Avon author! Hee! That always cracks me up.

12:28 PM  

Blogger joy said:

@Erika, clearly, I missed your outing of Joan as an Avon author. Sorry!

(but it still cracks me up)

12:29 PM  

Blogger Kathryn S said:

I remember going to see Star Wars in the theater with my b-i-l. I was pretty young. I wanted to *be* Han Solo, or at least like him. I still remember going to see the third movie and by that time my feelings about Han had changed drastically! lol. What a crush I had on Harrison Ford!

And Suzie, you are so right. Mal is very much a Han-inspired character. But I think all good scoundrels are these days. ;-)

And Erika, yay you for bring Buffy to a new generation! ;-) Amanda, I hope you love it. There will be a quiz after season 3.

2:37 PM  

Blogger Deborah said:

I love the original Star Wars trilogy. Luke Skywalker (aka Mark Hamil) was my first crush when I was a girl and then by the time I saw Return of the Jedi in the 80's I was hoping Princess Leia would finally admit she has it bad for Han Solo!

PS. My friend's grandmother is in her 80's and her favourite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

4:15 PM  

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