Thanks for coming to see me at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Exposition! I posted a few C2E2 items in the Photos section, including 1) Bilbo with Gandalf and Legolas, 2) A celebrity endorsement of The Lost Star Wars Diary, and 3) Boba Fett's resume, given to me by the dread bounty hunter himself!
Previously, Erickson has parodied fantasy classics, such as his Tolkien parodies The Wobbit A Parody and The Superfriends Of The Rings. He has more recently parodied film novelizations, such as Jar Jar Wars, Episode IV: A New Dope.
The Lost Star Wars Diary: A Parody (Imagined Production Notes) is the quintessential Star Wars production notes parody! The amazing backstory is below.
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Paul Erickson, parody author and founder of the Paul Erickson Nerd Parodist Club, claims to have discovered a never-before-seen diary of production notes from the 1977 film Star Wars.
Erickson has carefully edited the diary, which will be available in August at the Wizard World Comic Con Chicago as The Lost Star Wars Diary: A Parody (Imagined Production Notes).
“In 1971,” Erickson said in a recent interview, “George Lucas premiered his first science fiction film, THX 1138. The film was brilliant but unappreciated, so in 1977 he went in a slightly different direction with his second science fiction film, Star Wars. It was regarded as successful, despite the concerns of many fans about bad science, plot holes, weird dialogue, and onscreen errors. Lucas responded to these concerns by planning the publication of a diary of his production notes that would explain these perceived 'errors.'"
Unfortunately, the diary was to be released as merchandising for the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. The Holiday Special did not create a suitable secondary market for the book, so it was never published and the diary itself vanished. According to Erickson, “Decades later, with almost all evidence of the Holiday Special eliminated, I was lucky enough to discover those production notes! Readers will now understand the reasons why every apparent mistake of Star Wars was actually a brilliant choice. I am delighted to present it all to you in my new book The Lost Star Wars Diary: A Parody (Imagined Production Notes).”
The book JAR JAR WARS is intended to help George Lucas (writer-director of the films THX 1138 and AMERICAN GRAFFITI) finally get the recognition he deserves for the science fiction/fantasy film he did in 1977. One reason the film has never reached its full potential is there are too many technical elements in the movie that are never fully explained. Why is there sound in space? What did Han mean when he said he made the Kessel Run in twelve parsecs? Why didn't Chewbacca get a medal? Since there are no reasonable explanations in STAR WARS, they are included in JAR JAR WARS.
Most Middle-earth fans agree that Tolkien might have become popular in the United States if his books weren't so British-sounding. This parody addresses that issue, Americanizing Tolkien and making his work, finally, enjoyable to the wider U.S. audience.
Don't be fooled by imitations! Read the first and most beloved parody of The Hobbit, THE WOBBIT A PARODY. This is the original, published years before another parody was published with the exact same title. You want this one, the only one written by Paul Erickson, Nerd Parodist.
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Paul Erickson was born in 1959, and has always lived in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. While at Oak Park & River Forest High School he spent most of his time playing Dungeons & Dragons. In 1977, he attended multiple screenings of Star Wars. He earned a BA in Philosophy, and then went into banking.
In 2009 his banking career was cut short when his employer went out of business. While in line at the unemployment office, he realized no one in the US had ever published a parody of The Hobbit. He went to Starbucks with his MacBook and got to work, combining all his nerd knowledge with his one true skill: parody. In 2011, he published The Wobbit A Parody on Kindle.
The Wobbit A Parody was discovered on the internet and published as a German paperback in 2012 by Piper Verlag. They requested his second parody, The Superfriends Of The Ring and published it in 2013. Wisely changing direction in 2015, they requested and published Jar Jar Wars- Episode IV: A New Dope. They requested and published a second Star Wars parody, The Lost Star Wars Diary: Imagined Production Notes in 2017. He is currently working on an unprecedented third parody in the series, The Star Wars Parody Big Fun Activity Book .