A point that’s often made when arguing the merits of media tie-in novels is that they bring additional readers to the science fiction/fantasy genre. My own experience runs completely counter to this: Star Wars didn’t get me into SF/F; SF/F got me into Star Wars. Granted, I grew up in a family of readers, and Heir to the Empire was not the first genre novel I borrowed from my parent’s bookshelves before I was old enough to drive. So, I admit, I get a little miffed at the notion that reading these things makes us knuckle-draggers. (What’s wrong with an intelligent reader enjoying a little melodramatic space trash, huh? Wait, don’t answer that.) So, for the sake of
science random internet polling:
Did Star Wars novels get you into reading other science fiction and fantasy?
- I was reading SF/F before I read Star Wars (51%, 85 Votes)
- Star Wars novels got me into SF/F (26%, 43 Votes)
- Star Wars novels are the only genre novels I read (22%, 37 Votes)
- Some other tie-in series got me into SF/F (1%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 168