book, and secondly because I'm just pleased that the Star Wars Guide is taking place at
all.But everyone else seems to be making suggestions, so I thought I'd add my two
I'm curious about the decision to include the Young Adult books (either the earlier
kid-oriented ones or the more recent Kevin Anderson ones.)I suppose that technically
they're as cannonical as the adult books since they're in all the reference stuff, but I'm
just not sure that the people who read Nitpicker's Guides are the same people who are
interested in books aimed at children.(True, "Star Wars" itself was sort of aimed at
children, but there's still a difference)I for one read anything with the name Star Wars
attached to it...except the children's books.(By the same token, I would hesitate to
include the comics, except that they're referenced *so often* in the books.) Also, I
wonder whether a children's or "Young Adult" book can be held to the same nitpicking
standard as one that is aimed at an older audience--do children's books even try that hard
to take themselves seriously?
I don't know--maybe this is just "sour grapes" because those books appear to be the only
material in the Guide that I am unfamiliar with. Anyway, it's your book.Best of luck with it...
Phil: I simply can find nothing in the comments by the creators to differentiate the adult novels from the childrens novel. Some of the childrens novel are ever written by the same people who write the adult novels!
Wars Trilogy Trivia Challenge." So there's an instance of the use of "Star
Wars" in the title there.
That said here's a few more suggestions.
The Nitpicker's Guide to George Lucas
The Nitpicker's Guide to Blue Harvest (fake working title for ROTJ)
The Nitpicker's Guide: Special Edition (pictures of Millenium Falcon, X-Wing,
Star Destroyer, and a Death Star on the cover so there is no mistake what this
The Nitpicker's Guide for a Galaxy Far, Far Away (again pictures to clear up
any doubt. Don't want anyone to think this is about a Tom Cruise movie.)
The Special Edition Nitpicker's Guide for a Galaxy Far, Far Away (or any other
Matthew Patterson: So, if you will comment on discrepancies caused by extra footage in the
Special Edition films, where will it go? Will it be a Changed Premise,
since the original release is different from the Special Edition and
they were released at different times? Or will it be a Continuity and
Production error, since they're technically the same movie?
Phil: They are under a special category called "Special Edition Additions"
Amos Painter: I don't much care for the idea of a SW guide. I liked SW, I enjoyed SW,
but SW ain't no Star Trek. I might flip through it to read the nits for
the three movies, but myself being a SW novice won't be interested in
typos in Comic Books or some authors weird descriptions on Space
Oddities. I wouldn't be interested in shelling out my hard earned money
to buy a book which contains 80% information I don't care about.
But before my membership in the Nitpickers Guild is revoked, I like the
TNG and DS9 Guides. When I'm bored I'll just pick up a guide a flip
through and enjoy a good read. In my opinion, the next guide should be
Trek guide, like DS9 II or Voyager, or even a Combo Guide with DS9, TNG
Movies, and VOY (that would increase the Fan base you reach).
Not complaining, just commenting.
Phil: And everybody gets a chance to comment around here! (Unless they're beligerant and then I edit! ;-)
Tom Elmore of Columbia SC: Okay here's some ideas for tittles:
Phil: Thanks for the input!
Jim Elek of Sterling Heights, MI: I love the idea of letting the Guild come up with the name of the Star Wars Guide. It is interesting to note that in all these years a simple, one word
term for Star Wars fans has never caught on. As a fan, I don't have a problem
with it. I think the frustation really sets in with abbreviation-happy
Another note on the comics section: John Latchem mentions the Classic Star
Wars reprints done by Dark Horse. I agree that the original series would make
a great inclusion in the Guide. These newspaper strips were written after
Empire Strikes Back to help fill in some of the gaps between Empire and Star
Wars. It was a valiant effort by the creators and deserves recognition. It
explains why the Rebels left the Yavin base, how they discovered Hoth, and
even shows the encounter between Han and a bounty hunter on Ord Mantell that
he mentions in Empire (note from Phil: Hmmm. Might have to pick those up just to mention in passign!)
of novels. If including these cause some space constraints for the guide,
then I would reccomend cutting out the Droids series. Getting background info
on 3PO and R2 is neat, but this info usually doesn't appear in other areas of
the SW Universe. I would also reccomend staying away from the comic
adaptations of the novels. These really don't add anything to the novels
other than illustrations of characters introduced in that novel. (Note from Phil: I take it from this then that the X-wing comics are *not* adaptations of the X-Wing novels? If that's true then, yeah, I should probably include them!)
I have a question for John Latchem. He claims that elements from the two Ewok
Adventures TV movies appear in the Bantam novels. I would like to know where.
The Ewoks are largely ignored in the adult Bantam novels. (Although look for
a cameo appearance of pair of Ewoks as part of Lando's and Wedge's crew in the
beginning of the Dark Empire comic ;-)
Matthew Patterson brings up the Ewok Celebration music at the end of Return of
the Jedi: The Special Edition. He claims that a nit is created in the drums
and Imperial helmets the Ewoks bang away on not matching the music. I
disagree. First of all, while it is safe to assume that the original
celebration music was meant to emanate from the Ewok village, I don't think
assumption, then we must also assume that the same music is being played on
Tatooine, Cloud City, Imperial Center, and Endor at the same time. That's a
rather large assumption. I think that the music is better viewed as an
overlay to the actual celebrations occuring on the different planets in order
to tie the celebrations together Perhaps the Ewoks are still singing
"Celebrate the love!" as they did orginally, but this time the audience hears
this new (and, IMHO, wonderful) piece of music.
Plus, if you listen closely in the movie, then you will hear the sound effects
for the drums and the Imperial helmets. They are not part of the music, but
they are mixed in with the other sounds of celebration.
I think that's enough for now.... ;-)
Andrew Corcoran: I also agree that the funniest nit is the Stormtrooper losing
a few brain cells! As for a title (good prize, good prize!), if you can't
use the name "Star Wars," how about "A Guide To Nitpicking the Universe of
Lucas," or something? I think "Nitpickers Guide" is a bit obsolete. I mean,
maybe it shows it is your set of books, but I thought, you know, new
frontier in nitpicking, new frontier in titles!
The content..... I don't know how I could get my hands on all the literacy
stuff (you know, the stuff on paper), so if I am to buy this book, please
make sure to angle it towards those who are movie watchers. I don't know
how, but maybe you should mainly focus on links within each book to movies,
Phil: Well, from a marketing viewpoint, "Nitpicker's Guide" is a recognizable term so abandoning it altogether would be business suicide. If "The Nitpicker's Guide to Star Wars" doesn't work, how about something like: "Of Stormtroopers' Helmets And Low-Slung Doors: A Nitpicker's Guide Star Wars." (I don't believe there's any problem with using trademarked terms in a secondary title.) The cover could feature and comic book drawing of the stormtrooper whacking his head on the doorway to the command bay. (Maybe even have C3PO leaned in from the side with a confused look on his face and R2D2 in the other corner snickering. And, yes, I know they were really in the closet at the time!)