‘Star Wars’ Fans Argue Over Whether or Not Rey Is As Loved As Anakin and Luke Skywalker

Many Star Wars critics ripped apart Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December 2019 when it was released. So, fans wonder whether Rey (Daisy Ridley) will become famous as Anakin (Jake Lloyd/Hayden Christensen) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) are in the Star Wars fandom.

'Star Wars' Daisy Ridley as Rey
‘Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley as Rey | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney

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‘Star Wars’ Fans agree that the sequel trilogy is more loved now than when it came out

When Anakin Skywalker joined the Star Wars saga, the diehard fans and critics did not like him or the movies. However, over the years, the kids who grew up watching the prequels became adults who fondly remember the film.

“I was a teenager when the prequels came out and loved them (still do), back then, I was very much in the minority,” one Reddit user wrote. “It was VERY hard to find anyone who liked them. You basically couldn’t even say you liked them because people would jump down your throat.”

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Many fans comment that Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was so hated because of the hype that came with it. Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi came out in 1983, there was a 16-year gap until the prequels began.

For fans who loved the original trilogy, they were disappointed by the movie; however, the kids fell in love with Anakin.

Many ‘Star Wars’ fans believe Rey will be loved more as time goes on

“Give it time and yes,” wrote one fan on Twitter. “This is because Star Wars is for kids. When you see these movies as a kid, it’s truly something special. That’s the same reason why Anakin is beloved today but was hated when the prequels first came out. Those kids who went and saw the prequels are now adults.”

Many fans feel that Rey will become more famous as time goes by. The kids will grow up and watch the movie with their kids. 

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“Star Wars is generational, and a new generation grew up with Rey as their hero,” another fan added. “There’s always resistance to change, but in time, those who were inspired by her will gain platforms and express that love (many already have).”

Other fans add that she is already a legend in kids’ eyes today. 

Some ‘Star Wars’ fans still disagree that Rey is on the same level as Anakin and Luke

“A lot of people in the comments here seem to forget the reason why people came around to the prequels,” wrote one fan. “It isn’t blind adulation, it’s because people eventually saw through the shoddy dialogue and realized the nuance, symbolism, and amazing creativity the films had to offer.”

As with everything Star Wars, there will always be a reason for fans to disagree.