I'm glad my bringing up Star Wars produced such a great number of replies.
For my great joy I have found people who agree with me on this topic...
Well, yes of course, film and literature are different media but that
doesn't alter a thing. Especially not the fact that the Star Wars movies
inspire such a great amount of 'fantasy activity' that only 'mythopoiec
literature proper' is able to produce. It is not the elaborateness and
intricateness of the things we are told but the great number of others
which we are *not*. This is, I take it, is a cardinal feature of
Yes, Lucas tried to put a mythology together, using various existing
traditions, but the result is undoubtedly a genuine thing, not an
'apology' or a 'propaganda' of any of its elements. As long as the result
is an original piece of fiction in which I find the indispensable elements
of myth-making or the 'switches' triggering myth-production, I am inclined
to say that the technique is fundamentally the same that Tolkien uses. We
should not forget that Tolkien himself used existing traditions sometimes,
and initially it was England's mythical past that he started to work out
(cf. The Book of Lost Tales).
Waiting for further opinions, especially on the sameness or difference of
Jpzsef Attila University