We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to the library. Find a location near you.

How Star Wars conquered the universe: the past, present, and future of a multibillion dollar franchise

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
In 1973, a young filmmaker named George Lucas scribbled some notes for a far-fetched space-fantasy epic. Some forty years and 37 billion later, Star Wars — related products outnumber human beings, a growing stormtrooper army spans the globe, and "Jediism" has become a religion in its own right. Lucas's creation has grown into far more than a cinematic classic; it is, quite simply, one of the most lucrative, influential, and interactive franchises of all time. Yet incredibly, until now the complete history of Star Wars — its influences and impact, the controversies it has spawned, its financial growth and long-term prospects — has never been told.
In How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, veteran journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchise's death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy. Providing portraits of the friends, writers, artists, producers, and marketers who labored behind the scenes to turn Lucas's idea into a legend, Taylor also jousts with modern-day Jedi, tinkers with droid builders, and gets inside Boba Fett's helmet, all to find out how Star Wars has attracted and inspired so many fans for so long.
Since the first film's release in 1977, Taylor shows, Star Wars has conquered our culture with a sense of lightness and exuberance, while remaining serious enough to influence politics in far-flung countries and spread a spirituality that appeals to religious groups and atheists alike. Controversial digital upgrades and poorly received prequels have actually made the franchise stronger than ever. Now, with a savvy new set of bosses holding the reins and Episode VII on the horizon, it looks like Star Wars is just getting started.
An energetic, fast-moving account of this creative and commercial phenomenon, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe explains how a young filmmaker's fragile dream beat out a surprising number of rivals to gain a diehard, multigenerational fan base — and why it will be galvanizing our imaginations and minting money for generations to come.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
More Details
ISBN:
9780465089987
9781541697928
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work IDd0da0b37-74ea-8214-dfd0-9b3947ffb897
Grouping Titlehow star wars conquered the universe the past present and future of a multibillion dollar franchise
Grouping Authorchris taylor
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2022-05-18 05:59:01AM
Last Indexed2022-05-18 02:53:13AM
Novelist Primary ISBNnone

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorTaylor, Chris, 1973-
author_displayTaylor, Chris
available_at_catalogArcade
North Natomas
detailed_location_catalogArcade
North Highlands-Antelope
North Natomas
display_descriptionIn 1973, a young filmmaker named George Lucas scribbled some notes for a far-fetched space-fantasy epic. Some forty years and 37 billion later, Star Wars — related products outnumber human beings, a growing stormtrooper army spans the globe, and "Jediism" has become a religion in its own right. Lucas's creation has grown into far more than a cinematic classic; it is, quite simply, one of the most lucrative, influential, and interactive franchises of all time. Yet incredibly, until now the complete history of Star Wars — its influences and impact, the controversies it has spawned, its financial growth and long-term prospects — has never been told.
In How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, veteran journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchise's death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy. Providing portraits of the friends, writers, artists, producers, and marketers who labored behind the scenes to turn Lucas's idea into a legend, Taylor also jousts with modern-day Jedi, tinkers with droid builders, and gets inside Boba Fett's helmet, all to find out how Star Wars has attracted and inspired so many fans for so long.
Since the first film's release in 1977, Taylor shows, Star Wars has conquered our culture with a sense of lightness and exuberance, while remaining serious enough to influence politics in far-flung countries and spread a spirituality that appeals to religious groups and atheists alike. Controversial digital upgrades and poorly received prequels have actually made the franchise stronger than ever. Now, with a savvy new set of bosses holding the reins and Episode VII on the horizon, it looks like Star Wars is just getting started.
An energetic, fast-moving account of this creative and commercial phenomenon, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe explains how a young filmmaker's fragile dream beat out a surprising number of rivals to gain a diehard, multigenerational fan base — and why it will be galvanizing our imaginations and minting money for generations to come.
format_catalogBook
eBook
format_category_catalogBooks
eBook
idd0da0b37-74ea-8214-dfd0-9b3947ffb897
isbn9780465089987
9781541697928
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocation
ils:.b22981986.i70632728North Highlands-Antelope791.4375 T239 20141falsefalseIn Transitnhiag
ils:.b22981986.i70632753Arcade791.4375 T239 20141falsefalseOn Shelfarcag
ils:.b22981986.i7063273xNorth Natomas791.4375 T239 20141falsefalseOn Shelfnntag
overdrive:1a8da573-683c-4daa-8733-df511918afb3-2Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook3falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadAvailable Online
itype_catalogAdult Book Non-Fiction
last_indexed2022-05-18T09:53:13.820Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog791.4375 T239 2014
owning_library_catalogSacramento Public Library
owning_location_catalogArcade
North Highlands-Antelope
North Natomas
primary_isbn9780465089987
publishDate2014
2015
publisherBasic Books
Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical DescriptionAbridged
ils:.b22981986BookBooksEnglishBasic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group[2014]xx, 450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
overdrive:1a8da573-683c-4daa-8733-df511918afb3eBookeBookEnglishBasic Books2015
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b22981986.i70632728In TransitIn Transitfalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b22981986.i70632753On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b22981986.i7063273xOn ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
overdrive:1a8da573-683c-4daa-8733-df511918afb3-2Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
subject_facetStar Wars films
title_displayHow Star Wars conquered the universe : the past, present, and future of a multibillion dollar franchise
title_fullHow Star Wars Conquered the Universe The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise
How Star Wars conquered the universe : the past, present, and future of a multibillion dollar franchise / Chris Taylor
title_shortHow Star Wars conquered the universe
title_subthe past, present, and future of a multibillion dollar franchise
topic_facetBusiness
Economics
Nonfiction
Performing Arts
Star Wars films