Now, I'm not a forum-type, never been on one except here, but I have lurked on a few now and then. So, bear with me if I'm long winded. I'm not a "Star Wars" fan. I've only ever seen "A New Hope" and it didn't stick with me. However, I will watch the entire saga at some point in order to be literate on some continuity if I go see Episode VII. I have some questions for you all - the Hype has so many well rounded users that I feel that I can pose these questions here and get good answers. I'm not involved with the fanbase, I'm on the outside looking in and have been for many years but I have a perception of the fanbase that may be incorrect. So, I have a few questions, but first - let me elaborate on my "Star Wars" background. This may be silly of me, but I have long since been driven away from "Star Wars" because of the fans - they're terrifying, to be quite frank. For a while growing up - I wanted to see "Star Wars" in full, having been a big "Indiana Jones" fan, at one point I wanted to see Lucas' other creation, of which was favored more-so than my archaeologist hero. However, the original films were hard to come by in their original format. I lost interest as nobody in my family had been big fans and hadn't any copies either, I kind of gave it up. After the last Indy film came out in 2008, I finally decided to see what Lucas' other franchise was really like since my renewed love for Indy piqued my curiosity for "Star Wars" again. I eventually got the DVD of "A New Hope" and I have to say, while I admire the film's impact and influence, I wasn't terribly blown away. Most likely due to the fact that most of what I saw had been replicated since (nothing of fault on the film of course) and since I had long since been led to believe that the Original Trilogy of "Star Wars" was a massive amazing entity. Alas, I will give it another chance as I was entertained. However, I admit the most fascinating aspect of "Star Wars" is not the series itself - but the fans. Oh boy...are they interesting and a tad frightening. After seeing the shambles of what is the "Star Wars" fanbase, I decided to make the fanbase the subject of a paper for a film class on audience reception of films and the evolution of a franchise base. I practically went on a "Star Wars" fan-binge for about a week - reading forums, YouTube comments, essays, videos, even a documentary (People VS George Lucas) and wrote my paper. I had already read alot of vitriol from fans regarding the Prequels over the years, mind you. It was hard to escape it on the internet. I admit - I have never quite seen a fanbase so divided, angered, upset, whiny, nitpicky, devoted, polarizing and downright crazy as I have for "Star Wars". There are genuinely nice fans, of course - not to do a disservice to them. I've met some great, nice "Star Wars" fans in my day, believe me. But the sheer amount of venom spewed towards fellow fans for so much as giving the Prequels any credit, the vitriol towards George Lucas (you won't believe what some will write for not making better Prequels), the in-fighting in the fanbase, the whining about the merchandise and such (while they purchase it, mind you) and the insane amount of YouTube/blog rants and harping on how George Lucas "ruined my childhood". It's frightening the amount of *********. I understand "Star Wars" is a culture, a way of life for some people. I find it odd - but I'm happy for those people. Good for them. But what I don't understand is how so much of the fanbase seems to spend so much energy on what they hate about the franchise as opposed to enjoying what they love. So many fans I've seen actually say stuff along the lines of "You like TPM? You need help so you can hate it - watch RedLetterMedia. You need to be saved." And much worse. Seeing this fanbase being so angry and also seeing many so devoted to the point of acting a tad sheep-like, I was hesitant for a long time as a teenager to join the fanbase! I know alot about the films, the characters and such from reading about the films over the years - but I've still yet to see five of them. Getting to the point of this thread - my reservations regarding the "New Star Wars" is this = 1.) I fear that the new saga will open up old wounds for angry/bittered fans who have been complaining since 1999 and will only add fuel to their fire - and if I derive any enjoyment from Episode VII - I'm going to have to hear about how much of an idiot other fans think I am. 2.) They will be great films - but the fanbase will still reject them as they are not the original three. And my biggest questions to you guys - *What is wrong with the fanbase/why do they act this way for so many years?* What do the majority of the fans think of the Disney deal? Lucas retiring? Are the fans really as divided/angry as I perceive them to be or is it a vocal minority? Do most fans really loathe the Prequels? I've put this in the "Episode VII" forum because I mainly do want to know how most fans feel about the film - what is the general consensus on the idea of "New Star Wars"? I'm just curious since I'm not a fan and haven't had the time to get the general pulse on the fanbase regarding Episode VII, thanks for any answers ahead of time. Keep in mind - any misjudgments or any notion about the fanbase I've said is not intentional - I'm just stating how it looks looking in. Don't take offense.