Wednesday, May 02, 2012

In Great Britain, "Blogathons" are referred to as "Snoshers." (The Great 100-ish Day, 100 Question Star Wars Blogathon, Question 66)

New to this? Don't worry: Leave an answer to the question and you can still win.  Also: Every comment you leave is a drawing in the weekly prize for free books. The official rules are here.

There having been two different answers submitted to yesterday's question, I now get to determine who the winner is by having the answer read in a British voice.

Sort of.  This is from the BBC's "30 Pieces of Trivia About Star Wars" article, so picture it being read by Harry Potter or some other British person because everything sounds more intelligent with a British accent.

4. The full title Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope first appeared when the film was re-released in 1981. 

And so the points go to Rusty. Also, I found it interesting to note Trivia Number 3 (Or "sixpence", as they say in England):

It was originally called The Star Wars, but "the" was dropped fairly early on in the creative process. 

I noted that because I happened to comment on another blog yesterday about how I liked it when people put articles in front of common nouns (I'm cool that way) and went so far as to suggest that as a grammar rule all bands ought to have "The" preceding their names, so that U2 would be "The U2" and "Pink Floyd" could be "The Pink Floyds."  Yes, I added an s there as an homage.*

*Not entirely sure what an homage is but I'm sticking with the British theme for this post.

Anyway, here's question 66, and it's worth 44 points:

What was Luke's last name in early drafts of the script?

Commenter 4 gets 10 bonus points (but can't be commenter 3.) The last commenter today gets FIFTY points, because I've got all these points just laying around and I don't know what to do with them.

Looking to get caught up... Rusty?

You can get 1,000 points by mentioning the Yellow Hill fundraiser on your blog; here's the post where I explain that, and you can  click here to go directly to the Yellow Hill fundraising page.  If you don't want the points, you can in the alternative link to/mention it and get a free book of mine.(Find my books here.) (If you've done this, leave me a link and I'll get you the points.)  This one ends in a week.

And I'm going to put another bounty out: 500 points if you get Julian Darius, or anyone from Martian Lit, to leave a comment here. 

Here are the Star Wars Blogathon standings; check your point total here.

Other updates: remember,I'M EXTENDING THE DEADLINE BY ONE WEEK!  Write your blogfest entry! The Tri(?)weekly Blogfest Challenge -- prize is $10 -- is to post something on the theme of "Han shot first, but Time-Traveling Elvis shot second" by April 29.  Leave a link to your post in the comments to this post. You'll get 100 points for posting it, plus 5 for mentioning the blogathon.  Get it in by next Sunday, whatever day that is.


PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Starkiller. Was that the name used for the character in the video games "The Force Unleashed"?

Andrew Leon said...

Yeah, they went back to that name for Force Unleashed.

(and while I agree with Rusty's answer and your decision, the (more than one) source I found said that the name was not officially changed until the release of the boxed VHS set that was to be the "last" release of the movie in its original format (I have those somewhere). Although, it was added to the screen title and all of that, the name wasn't "officially" changed until 2004.) Just sayin'.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I didn't know he had a different last name.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Now you know...and knowing's half the battle.

Andrew Leon said...

One of these days (yeah, right), I'll learn to just take the easy answer. But I figured the easy answer was "too easy," you know? So I looked more... just to make sure. Of course, this morning, I had to look even more. I have to say that the best answer is 1981, because that's when George changed it, even if it wasn't officially changed. I found a book I have to get, The Secret History of Star Wars. That makes it sound like a conspiracy theory, doesn't it?

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

I'm going to write a book now where the Freemasons give George Lucas the idea for Star Wars in a vast conspiracy to subvert Western culture for generations to come.

Andrew Leon said...

What about the Illuminati? The freemasons just make it sound evil, but the Illuminati... well, that makes it sound like it has to do with aliens and stuff.

Rusty Webb said...

What happened here? The freemasons and the illuminati are in cohoots now?

Andrew Leon said...

Maybe? Aren't all those super secret cult groups that control the world in on it together?

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Last! Or maybe not. But some people love saying "first!" on a post.

Andrew Leon said...

The new post is still not up, so...

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Dang, I'll have to keep dreaming.