Number one could never have been anything else.
If you want the ‘Cliffs Notes’ of me, watch Star Wars. I was three when I first saw it, and after God, my family and the bible, it has had the greatest impact on who I am. Thirty five years after it’s release, I have probably seen it over a hundred times, though I can’t be sure because I stopped counting in 1991, at thirty. I can’t remember life before Star Wars, and if I could I wouldn’t want to. I absolutely love it.
My high school english teacher poo-pooed it. He said it was all just typical mythology stuff- good vs. evil, light vs. dark, good guys vs. bad guys. “It’s nothing original,” he said.
I suppose this is a good place to mention that he was an ass.
Of course it’s standard mythology! That’s why it works. What George Lucas did, the absolute genius of Star Wars, was in taking standard mythological stuff and making it really cool. As an adult, I look back on some of the lines and I think “Well, maybe not that cool.” There are some seriously hokey moments in Star Wars. But the hokiness doesn’t matter because it’s true. The story is true, even if the facts are not. Star Wars touched our souls in a way that few other things ever have. It touched my soul more than most. More than anything else I have ever seen or written, Star Wars became part of me, and I’m a better person for it. The money wouldn’t hurt, but really, that’s why I wish I’d written it.