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1997-1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002+



Fair-Weather Fandom

When things are going well, when it's popular, people like to be associated with something. If the Minnesota Vikings are having a near perfect season, everyone is rooting for them. Then when they lose in the first round of the playoffs and are eliminated, everyone is so quick to bash them and run with the next thing that's hot. One minute it's one thing, the next, something else.

If we were to draw a graph for the fandom of Star Wars, it very well may be the same way. After a huge resurgence leading up to TPM, everyone is now settling in for the wait, and some are leaving. The fanbase over the past 15 years has just exploded upward sharply, then some decide to move on to the next thing of the moment. Fortunately, there's a fierce loyalty to following Star Wars, despite the factor of the crowd mentality. But The Phantom Menace has all but left theaters and after next month's video release, what do we have left but to wait?

We want to combat this process of elimination by providing you with content that will keep you excited about Star Wars, and give you more to do than just waiting. While we do understand that some people just won't be concentrating on Star Wars for a few years, it doesn't mean you don't have to.

The Jedicouncil forums are packed with over 17,000 participants many of whom visit the pages every day and fill the pages with talk about the upcoming prequels as well as every other topic under the sun. There's the books and interviews sections, and they will continue to fill our time until the release of the films. There's plenty of addresses to search through to write your favorite actors and crew, not to mention the TFN Theater to watch the latest from you, the fans on the (really) small screen. Along with the ever-popular SPY REPORTS, dozens of updates daily, and so much more ...

So until it's popular to like Star Wars again and everyone else comes back around, know there's plenty to do here until 2002. Oh yes, and here's hoping the Vikings do a little better next year.

I would like to thank my good friend Daryl for inspiring me to write this editorial. :)

Joshua Griffin
TFN Staff
3/14/2000

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