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    The Evolution and Endurance of Star Wars Through the Ages

    Star Wars is arguably one of the most influential sagas ever created-it’s tales have touched countless lives over the past several decades. Explore what makes these stories so powerful, why they have stood the test of time and how have they grown to live through so many generations of fans. Is it the characters? The plots? Something else completely? What adaptations has Star Wars embodied to remain a timeless tale that so many have connected with?

    • Hello! I'm sorry for the extra note, though I just wanted to say that I have revised this topic, but my edits didn't save when I went to update it. This is the altered topic that I came up with as a result of the given notes. Thank you for your feedback! "Star Wars is arguably one of the most influential sagas ever created-it's tales have touched countless lives over the past several decades. My Dad grew up following the story of Luke Skywalker, and 30+ years later “Star Wars the Clone Wars” became a cornerstone of my brother’s childhood. Explore what makes these stories so powerful, but also how they have been able to grow to stand the test of time. Is it the characters? The plots? Something else completely? What differentiates and connects Luke and Rey as protagonists, how was “Star Wars the Force Awakens” able to successfully recycle the villain of the Death Star into the Starkiller Base? What adaptations has Star Wars embodied to remain a timeless tale-and in what ways have they evolved so that their stories exist in harmony without becoming over-repetitive or trite?" – mmclaughlin102 6 months ago
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    • I’m no star wars fan (only watched a few, tho none of them have been compelling enough for me to be become a fan who watches every thing in its entirety ) But I will say that perhaps it’s the fact that it created or popularized the hero’s journey. A writer’s structure that has made the films writing engaging? – Amelia Arrows 6 months ago
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    • star wars also uses Propp's 'spheres of action' model for characters so that every character is a recongisable and relatable figure which i think has made it stand the test of time – lizawood 5 months ago
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    This is a very intersting interpretation-I haven’t read any of Jane Austin’s work, though I’ve heard about the influentialness of her writing and how compelling her characters are. People can connect with and understand characters in very different ways, and this was a very fascinating exploration of Emma. Looking at the historical context and greater implications of how her character gave your article a lot of depth and range. Its also very interesting to ask ourselves what being the hero of our own story really means, and it was very cool how you invoked this question in your article.

    Jane Austen's 'Emma': How Austen Writes an Independent Woman

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    The Legacies of the Atomic Bomb in Anime

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