The Star Wars franchise, fan edits, and Lucasfilm

  • Forrest Phillips University of California, Santa Cruz
Keywords: Fan edit, Fan studies, George Lucas, Textual poaching


Fan edits assert that fan authority is on par with that of a work's original creator; this authority is generated not only through the argument, but through the structure of the text itself. Fan edits adhere to classical filmmaking techniques, creating coherent plots and editing for continuity. These recut texts are emblematic of current ownership debates; they are the read/write culture brought to fandom. The Star Wars series of films are among the most frequently recut texts and are my focus here.

Author Biography

Forrest Phillips, University of California, Santa Cruz
Graduate of the Film and Digital Media program at the University of California, Santa Cruz