We’re Home: Fandom, Fun, and Hidden Homages in Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Valerie Estelle Frankel
Published: January 5th, 2016 by LitCrit Press
Genres: Nonfiction, essays, listicle, media analysis
Trigger Warnings: None, phew
Pages: 94 pgs.
***I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for my honest review.***
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is crammed with delightful references – there are stacks of easter eggs, famous cameos, nods to the Extended Universe and computer games. Here they’re all listed and described for discerning fans. There’s also summaries – not just of shows and films but of the universe’s history after Return of the Jedi covering thirty years of new canon in painstaking detail. Big questions from the film get answered, in-jokes get explained, and Star Wars love definitely gets celebrated in this book, exploring the ultimate fannish film.
As one of over thirty analyses of major pop cultural touchstones, We’re Home: Fandom, Fun, and Hidden Homages in Star Wars: The Force Awakens delivers a painstakingly detailed list of interesting tidbits about the latest installment in the Star Wars saga, including pieces that might have bypassed even the most discerning fan. It pairs best with Frankel’s other, more substantial work, A Rey of Hope in providing a full fandom experience.
Unlike A Rey of Hope, however, this work is really a glorified listicle (list-article, for the uninitiated) rather than nuanced, well-rounded analysis and commentary. While I definitely see its merit in some applications, and major kudos to Frankel for taking the time to put this all together, I don’t see why this couldn’t have been included in any other overarching Star Wars essay collection in her bibliography.
Overall, I really do appreciate We’re Home for the great side information that it provides, it does seem a little bit extraneous as its own separate entity. Great idea, but needs better execution.
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