Star Wars Meta – Is “Parallels” just another word for copied story trope?

On Tumblr, you’ll see quite a lot of posts using the word “parallel” or parallels. Technically speaking, this is a way to show or compare similar plot devices in one movie from another. Some would call these “tropes.”

Trope definition – TROPE on the interwebs really refers to an often overused plot device

via Urban Dictionary

And in actuality, I would find this boring because it’s not interesting seeing the same thing over and over again, is it, especially in big blockbuster movie franchises. The reality is that’s what makes all the money – it keeps the fans keen and wanting more of the same, and that’s precisely what they’ll get. Star Wars is a good example because there are so many similarities in the stories and plots used for the movies. The thing that gets me is that they are so similar, it’s almost silly to admit we love these films when we keep getting the same old thing over and over again.

Let’s break it down a little to show some of these parallels –

Rey and Luke Skywalker – Luke Skywalker, the hero of the original trilogy, hails from a nowhere planet covered in sand. Rey, the hero of the prequel trilogy, hails from a nowhere planet covered in sand.

Anakin Skywalker –  “The Chosen One” is discovered and becomes a Jedi Knight under the tutelage of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, only to fall to darkness and become the galaxy’s most fearful bad guy, Darth Vader and apprentice to Darth Sidious

Kylo Ren – “The Heir Apparent” to the legacy of Darth Vader starts off as a child who is taken under the wing of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, only to fall to the dark side and become a fearful and deadly enforcer for Snoke, The First Order and the dark side of the force, picking up where his infamous grandfather left off

So you kinda get my meaning here. What amazes me is that I don’t even feel bad for knowing that apparently, these stories are in fact, so similar, all you really need to do is swap out some names and you’ve got the makings of another Star Wars movie 😂


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