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9 things we love most about Star Wars

From remembering the originals to watching the new ones with the kids, Mumsnetters really do love Star Wars. To celebrate the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from 11 August on Sky Cinema, as one of their exciting daily premieres, here's what we rate most about the space opera films

1. Yoda, and his wise words

1. Yoda, and his wise words

Image: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

“You see him fighting in Episode II and finally understand why he is a great warrior. Part of Luke's incredulity in Episode V is because he is small, green and talks in a silly voice, messing up the conventional subject-verb-object word order.”

“Just like Yoda said… Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

2. Carrie Fisher

2. Carrie Fisher

Image: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia was part of my childhood, as I grew up in a very geeky family. CF was a kickass lady, I am sad for the waste, and for the sassy heroine that actually picked up guns and led an army. Leia/Fisher was an inspiration.”

“I grew up on Princess Leia busting everybody's balls and I really loved Carrie herself, and her being so candid and actually funny and clever.”

3. The dialogue

3. The dialogue

Image: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

“'Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.' Still sends chills down my spine.”

“Everyone's favourite line surely has to be Han Solo's cool-as-fuck response to Princess Leia declaring she loves him: the laconic 'I know'.”

And even the more laughable lines are classics: “You need to watch out for the sand bit… 'I don't like sand. It's coarse and irritating and it gets everywhere.'”

4. The memories...

4. The memories...

Image: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

“I have a clear memory of going to the cinema with my hair done like Princess Leia. Return of the Jedi came out the year I was 5 and I vividly remember my younger brother enacting lots of the scenes.”

“We went to see the original at the cinema. My nana was so utterly captivated she sat through the whole film mouth agog, with a Fry's Cream Bar balanced on the outstretched palm of her hand. Afterwards, we got piping hot chips from the chippy on the corner and ate them on the way home, while my dad and I had pretend lightsaber fights.”

“My husband and I realised we were perfect for each other over the course of an evening when we sat in a booth in our local pub, talking for hours about pretty much nothing but Star Wars.”

...and sharing it with the new generation

...and sharing it with the new generation

Whether it's the originals or Star Wars Rebels, it's great to introduce them to the children, whatever order you watch the films in and whatever the reaction…

“I watched Episode IV again with my son recently. He loved the bit with the 'slug' – I think he means Jabba.”

“When we came out of the cinema my nine-year-old daughter said: 'At the end, you just could tell Darth Vader was in a mood.'”

“New best bit has been showing my daughter and son Episodes IV to VI for the first time and seeing their eyes light up. This has now led to the three-year-old stomping round the house singing the Imperial March and telling her brother she is his stormtrooper…”

5. The music

5. The music

“When they fly into the asteroid field – that music gives me goosebumps.”

“My best bit is the very end of The Empire Strikes Back, when they're down but not out, gazing out into space and the departing Millennium Falcon, looking through the glass as the music swells.”

“John Williams's new theme for Rogue One did it justice throughout.”

6. That plot twist

6. That plot twist

Image: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

“My best moment is the genuine shock at 'I am your father.' At the time, best plot twist ever. Now of course, parodied to death – but then it was fabulous.”

7. The little things...

7. The little things...

“My husband and I went on our first date to see The Phantom Menace. I completely embarrassed him by shouting out in the parliament meeting scene 'There's ET!' My brother had told me to watch out for that part and I got a bit overexcited…”

“The very best bit was when Jar Jar Binks came on screen, and I boggled at how a whole studio could have thought that putting such a character on screen could ever have been a good idea.”

... heck, everything

... heck, everything

Image: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

“Favourite parts of the film? Pretty much all of The Empire Strikes Back. Han Solo rescuing Luke at the beginning. Han and Leia trading insults because they're really in lurve. Han being frozen in carbonite. Never being quite sure which side Lando was on. Just brilliant.”

“The original three (un-remastered) Star Wars films, pretty much in their entirety. I love them so much it's a bit ridiculous.”

8. Rogue One did not disappoint

8. Rogue One did not disappoint

Image: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Whether or not it had quite as many female roles in it as some would have liked, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story proved an unexpected hit, even with die-hard fans.

“I really liked the way they interpreted it and the new characters they brought into it. Having so many of the minor characters from the other movies also show up made me smile. It's nicely done as a Star Wars story that has the essence of Star Wars but isn't a 'proper Star Wars movie' in feel. Spot on – as that's what it is supposed to be.”

“My main takeaway is how wonderful it is to have another excellent female character for my three girls to grow up watching. "

9. And finally, the merch

9. And finally, the merch

From the best…

Irregular Choice shoes: “I got Star Wars R2-D2 ones as a present. I love them… they just fit so well and are the most comfy heels!”

…To the worst:

Darth Vada toaster: “Looks amazing. Unfortunately it toasts the words 'Star Wars' into the middle of the bread leaving the other 90% completely untoasted. Turn the knob to 'dark side' (yes, really) and you have burnt illegible words and still anemic bread.”

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